The Quad-City area has some fantastic options for your family’s winter weekends.
Check out these ideas!
Take a Hike!
The QC enjoys many spectacular hiking/walking spots. Here are 3 top sites. For more, visit QC Outside!
Blackhawk State Historic Site offers a beautiful 6-mile trail system, along with a lovely view of the Rock River.
Follow the trail running alongside the river, and you can’t miss the observation platform where you can spend a few moments taking in the sights and sounds of the birds, the breeze, and the water flowing downstream.
Head over to Sylvan Slough Naturalized Park’s observation areas. You’ll feel like you’re miles and miles away!
You can walk, run, or bike your way there via the Rock Island segment of the Great River Trail, or there is parking available if you only have a few moments to get outside.
Another great spot in the area is Illiniwek Forest Preserve.
Hit the trailhead at the Eastern-most parking lot on the South side of Highway 84. There’s a sign indicating the start of the trail to the scenic overlook; there are some pretty steep stairs to climb along the way, so take your time heading upward.
Your efforts will pay off when you reach the top and you’re treated to a view of the river and a light breeze blowing across your face. Keep in mind that some of the trails are open to mountain biking, so be alert and respectful of others on the trails.
Other Outdoor Activities
Frozen Landing Skating Rink: Pack up the family and head out for seasonal fun beginning Nov. 27.
Vander Veer Romp: A magical place to walk, run or romp any time of year!
Quad City Events: Check out our regularly updated calendar for other fun ideas!
Snowstar Winter Park: Ski, tube and board your way through the winter!