Henry County has some great designated bike paths — 96 miles worth of surfaced bike trails, in fact — but don’t forget about the back roads! No mountain bikes are needed to enjoy a challenging trip. When you travel our back roads by bike, you’ll be treated to the most glorious views. The perspective from two wheels looks completely different and is worth checking out. Designated bike trails include the Adventure Cyclist Association Northern Tier Bike Trail, the American Discovery Trail and Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park. From spring to fall, you’ll witness a spectacular array of colors as you make your way through the many charming towns of Henry County. Explore numerous historic sites, local food scenes and beautiful scenic views along your way.
Trail meanders through Henry County communities, Orion and Cambridge. You will ride some of the finest rolling prairie country highways dotted with centennial farms. Visit spring to late fall and experience a blossoming spring to spectacular fall colors. Towns are equipped with services and campgrounds available in Orion and Cambridge. Plan ahead and experience Henry County at its finest.
Bureau Junction to Iowa Line (Rock Island)
What a way to travel - about 75 miles, from one major river to another (the Illinois and the Mississippi), all on one newly built trail. The Hennepin Parkway State Trail (a linear state park) offers surcease from the flat, treeless Illinois prairie with a lock-strewn straight course of water and a green tunnel over the old tow path of a canal that was obsolete before it was completed. Quaint towns lie nearby, camping spaces (usually primitive) abound, and history is there for the dipping of your fingers in the water. At Sheffield a comprehensive trail museum more than fills the gaps in your experience of a very unique way to travel through the heart of America. The trail ends in Rock Island, just a bike/pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi River to Iowa.
The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, a 104-mile linear park, is a rustic, historic, educational, and recreational jewel spanning five counties and includes the entire width of Henry County with access points in Annawan, Atkinson, Geneseo, and Colona. It offers an up-close look at a fascinating piece of transportation history.
It is popular with bicyclists who ride from town to town exploring the history, dining, lodging, and entertainment possibilities as they travel. The canal multi-purpose recreational trail is a portion of the American Discovery Trail, a 6,800-mile coast-to-coast trail devoted to non-motorized use. It is also part of the Grand Illinois Trail, a 535-mile loop through northern Illinois.
The tree-lined park is a refuge with prairie restorations and wetlands slicing through corn and soybean farmland. Home to diverse flora and fauna, it has become a favorite for bird watchers and prairie enthusiasts. It offers numerous year-round opportunities to boat, hike, bike, fish, ride horseback, snowmobile, ice skate, and cross-country ski.
Explore Henry County's jewel - the Hennepin Canal. Canal Map
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