You speed along the path, trees passing in a blur. The breeze blows against your face, drying the sweat from the effort you put in to climb the last hill. You pedal harder, driving up another hill, and upon reaching the top you coast down it. The sun shines brightly, peeking through the treetops. A jogger with a dog passes by, followed by a family hiking their way along. You stop on the side of the path for a drink and a quick rest. Letting the soft wind graze your face you find your energy once again. As you breathe out, you feel stress leaving your body. You take a deep breath and smile, as you get back on the bike.

Why Carroll County?

Here are just a few reasons bikers should choose to visit Carroll County for a day, a weekend, or even a whole week:


Close to You

Carroll County is within a two-and-a-half hour drive of Chicago, most of Illinois and all of Southern Wisconsin and Eastern Iowa.


Spectacular Nature

You’ll have access to thousands of acres of beautiful parklands and endless miles of dedicated trails.


Places to Go

Take the winding backroads through rich farmland, forests, and hills, and stop for great food and shopping in welcoming towns along the way.


Great Lodging

Lodging options from rustic cabins to resorts mean you get more than a place to sleep; where you stay becomes part of the fun!

Bike Shops

Arnold’s Bike USA

Need repairs, equipment or even a new bike? Arnold’s Bikes USA carries new and used bikes for sale, and offers repairs and accessories for all your biking needs.

Great Places to Bike

On your left! We have many fantastic locations to bike, and all of them have more than bike trails to offer.

Great River Trail

This epic trail runs 62 miles along the Mississippi from Savanna to the Quad Cities, with beautiful scenery in every mile.

Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center

This 50,000 acre refuge offers places to bike, picnic, explore the gift shop, and enjoy the wildlife observation.

Lost Mound Unit

A 7,000 acre nature preserve on the Mississippi offering sand prairie remnants, forests, wetlands, old military buildings, Indian burial mounds, scenic river overlooks and the largest sand dune in Illinois.

Marquette Park

Seven scenic acres on the Mississippi River. Canoeing, fishing, picnicking, and ample parking available.

Mississippi Palisades State Park

2,400 acres on steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi, with birding, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, scenic overlooks, and cross-country skiing

Old Mill Park

It features multiple walking trails, restroom buildings, tennis & basketball courts, a playground, and concessions.

Point Rock Park

This city park contains parking, frisbee golf, restrooms, and much more.

Spring Lake

An 8.7 mile trail rings this park and the lake it takes its name from. Scenic overlooks on the trail overlook the Mississippi and Spring Lake. Great spot for birding, fishing, hiking, and picnicking.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thomson Causeway Recreation Area

This 64 acre preserve on the Great River Trail overlooks a 3-mile wide Mississippi channel and the Potters Marsh wetlands. Great birding, camping, canoeing, fishing, and hiking; boat launches available.

Ready for the Time of Your Life?

Our beautiful region is yours to explore, and it’s right in your backyard, so why wait? Click below to choose lodging or plan your whole trip. We can’t wait to see you.