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sylvan island

Average Rating:    (4.22 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

island that use to be a steel mill, easy wood chip paths,sand traps,twisted peices of metal in my tire get good tires lots of different terrain hidden trails small elevation but it will test your skills watch out for hidden dangers
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Latitude
41.244772343082076
Longitude
-90.3515625
Trail Directions
if you come from moline get to river drive go west under the 74 bridge continue west past the mark and john deere commons,until you reach the last street in moline.take a right turn at the bullpen a local watering hole for everyone.go to the next stop sign then turn right follow the road 1 block and it turns left park on the right side of the lot. cross bridge on bike and enjoy
Trail Length
miles 1/4 to 3
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Moline-Rock Island
   


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Review Date
September 22, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: triumphtwins ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
For those not in the area it should be noted that the bridge leading to this fine trail system HAS BEEN CLOSED! The island itself is open the the bridge leading to the island is closed. You can still reach the island by boat if you dare. The slough between the main entrance and the island is very dangerous so please be safe!
The area has several other good riding hot spots within a 15-20 minute drive. Sunderbruch park in west Davenport IA is a great place to ride as is Illiniwek park in Hampton IL. Also try out Scott County Park in West Branch IA.



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Review Date
August 28, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: torque boy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Girlfriend and I was in the quad cities and did some road biking so I threw in the mt bike as well to check out Sylvan Island. Lots of neat trail packed onto an island in the Mississippi river. There are some graded/gravel trails around the perimeter and through the middle. Everything else is single track. No climbs but fun whoops and jumps throughout. The place is so packed with trails that it's easy to more just wander about until you get a feel for where it runs then you can put together some good loops to run hard. Not particularly technical but I really enjoyed the "historical" aspect of running around on the site of an old steel mill. Lots of "junk" like busted up bricks on the trails but didn't have any issues with flats. Had a great time. Thanks to the club that maintains this great riding area. Will be back!

Recommended Route:
Keep riding and you'll keep finding something new!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
nothing... yet



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Review Date
June 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: iowaboy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just rode there today, again. If you live in the Quad Cities and have not ridden here, you are on crack. I ride a 38lb freeride rig and have been having a great time riding off little drops and hucking over some serious jumps. The trail system is very nice. Always a different way to go. The skill level is pretty good. Lots of BMX inspired riding. Cross country guys can make a circuit out of it and get their heart-rates up. Freeride guys can climb the rock hills and point it down. Kids can follow their parents on the main trails, and teens can always find a secluded spot to do whatever it is that teen's do. Classic trail fun. If you do ride there, make sure you pick up any trash you might find. (Makes it nicer for the next guy.) Props to the locals for keepin' it fresh.

Recommended Route:
Any. I prefer to start with the "whoop" section.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
FLOW, and street riding.



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Review Date
April 20, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: inspector ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
WOW! i just rode this trail again last night and was in awe of the improvements and clean up. new trails are happening all the time, but the acceleration of new trails was beyond my expectations.

jim and his crew of dedicated workers should applauded! they have made this trail system into an urban legend! it has all the ingredients of a classic system......close to all those living in the quad cities....over 4 miles of trails....beginner trails....technical trails....jumps...hills....hazzards....water on the trails...

CLASSIC!

Recommended Route:
you be the judge

Other recommended trails in the same area:
loud thunder forest preserve.



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Review Date
November 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: crash and burn ,  Downhiller

Summary:
If you have never been there i suggest you bring shin guards maybe even pants in the summer it grows over pretty quickly with thorns and sticker bushes.As for the terrain it keeps changing almost daily there are now 3 drops on the island sort of small but as far as i know they are the only drops in the area there are new dirt jumps in the middle of the island too. I love this place it has something for everyone from fast singletrack to dirt jumps to drops. And yes there are hidden dangers so also bring extra tubes you might get a flat not a gaurantee that you will though,there are some peices of metal,bricks,large peices of concrete.And thanks to the guys from East Moline for putting in new stuff this summer it keeps me going back,it seems every time i do i find something else that i havent before. If you do plan on riding there i dont suggest doing it alone,it's always safer to have someone there just incase you go too big and end up having to go to the hospital,like Jared when he went off the dock and didnt pull up he pile drove his head directly into the ground ,crushed hi full face helmet broke his nose and vertabrae and had to be taken out of there on a stretcher,luckily he had that helmet on if not he wouldnt be alive today.
So to finish this rant i will say ALWAYS RIDE WITHIN YOUR LIMITS AND WEAR A HELMET.

Recommended Route:
Ride the whole Island and look closely you will find some special stuff there

Other recommended trails in the same area:
secret pvt DH course in Bettendorf,IA.
ha ha ha I'll never tell or maybe i will just ask me



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