By Wade Ellett, Let’s Move Quad Cities Outdoor Blogger
Snow, sun, rain.
Spring is officially upon the Quad Cities.
For my sister, that means baseball season. For my buddies it means race time. But for me, it means more hiking!
I manage to get outside and log some miles in the winter, but longer days and sunshine make the trails a little more accessible.
If you’re ready to cure your cabin fever, the best thing I can think of is hitting the trail. Here are a few great spots to welcome spring!
This is a great paved path connecting Eldridge and Long Grove, Iowa. We picked it up at Sheridan Meadows Park in Eldridge, but it starts alongside North Scott High School on East Iowa Street. It terminates in about one and a half miles in Long Grove, at East Grove Street, across from the Long Grove Christian Church Cemetery.
The paved path runs alongside a road to the West, but rolling farm fields to the East make for great scenery, though once you reach Long Grove, those fields will turn into a pleasant residential neighborhood. This paved walkway is perfect for walking and cycling for the entire family.
Copper Creek Trail isn’t incredibly long, but it’s a great spot to walk or ride when the weather is nice.
The sandy-earthen trail is great for hiking and mountain or fat biking. We hit the trail after a big snow melt, which made for a pretty muddy path.
That didn’t stop me, and the pup had a heck of a good time, but you may prefer to go on a dry sunny day!
This trail follows the meandering Copper Creek and after just under a mile meets up with the Bear River Recreational Trail, which is a great trail to continue on, if you have the time.
Bear River is 6-1/2 miles of shaded trail running along the Maquoketa River, located on the former Chicago-Milwaukee Railroad line.
We hiked for about 4 miles, spotting a few bald eagles and the occasional fox. We also saw plenty of deer tracks on the path.
There are plenty of great spots to observe the river along the trail, and you’ll see wonderful limestone bluffs as well.
Overall, it’s a beautiful hike, and a good place to spend a few hours. Undoubtedly, as the spring flowers emerge and the leaves pop up on the trees, this hike will only grow more lovely.
Spring has sprung, everybody, and there’s no better time to get back on the trail!
I’m sure you’re as eager for warmer weather and sunny skies as I am. Where do you plan on doing your spring hiking?
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