Biking, Hiking & Walking
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
The Sam Vadalabene Trail
along the Mississippi River
Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail
Breath taking scenery
awaits the cyclist or hiker that travel this 20 mile trail running along the
Great River Road from Alton to Pere Marquette State Park. The entire route is
paved with a separate path parallel to the highway unless the limestone bluffs
come right down to the Great River Road. Visitors can expect to see flowering trees in the
spring, some of the greatest colors in the area in the fall, and Bald Eagles in
the winter. The historic village of Elsah and the bustling town of Grafton are
situated directly on the route offering great places to take a break.
Experienced riders can climb the scenic drive in Pere Marquette State Park for
panoramic views of the countryside.
The Confluence Bikeway
Beginning at Lock and Dam #27 at the southern tip of Chouteau
Island near Granite City, Illinois, this bike trail is part of a larger project
of bike trails coordinated by the The
Confluence Greenway Project. The trail is built atop river levees
and parallels the Mississippi River passing by the soon to be opened Lewis &
Clark Interpretive Center, the towns of Hartford, Wood River and East Alton, the
Melvin Price Locks and Dam, and the National Great Rivers Museum. The Confluence
Bikeway links up with the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail and the West Alton Bike
Trail in Alton. Future plans by the Confluence Greenway Project include linking
the Confluence Bikeway with existing trails in St. Louis making it possible to
ride on dedicated trails free of vehicles from downtown St. Louis to Pere
Marquette State Park.
Alton Bike Trail
The 2 mile West Alton Trail provides a scenic, key link
between Missouriís KATY Trail and the Illinois trails in the Meeting of the Great
Rivers Scenic Byway Area. Sights include the William Clark bridge, the Melvin
Price Locks and Dams and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Riverlands
Environmental Demonstration Area.
Biking the Roads of Illinois There's more than
the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail. Smooth prairies, rolling
hills and farmland, quaint villages - the roads of Illinois
offer these sights and more with routes that range from easy family-friendly options to
challenges for the most rugged of bikers.
Trails at Pere Marquette State Park
offers approximately 12 miles of marked trails that provide opportunities for
both beginning and experienced hikers. Lush forests, towering bluffs, an
abundance of wildlife, spectacular fall colors and wintering Bald Eagles provide the perfect backdrop for an outing.
Olin Nature Preserve
Located on the top of the Mississippi bluffs in Godfrey, the Olin Nature
Preserve is a 300 acre Illinois Nature Preserve with wide trails through
woodlands and native hill prairies, and contains several scenic views
overlooking the Mississippi River. The Preserve is closed from November 15 to
Illinois Bicycle Safety Tips and Laws
provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.