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Running between the rural communities of Eldridge and Long Grove to the north of Davenport, the Eldridge/Long Grove Trail provides a great recreational asset to these small, quiet suburbs. The path alternates between asphalt and concrete and is almost entirely flat, having been constructed upon a former railroad line that ran through the area's plentiful farmland.
The trail's northern end begins in Long Grove, a stone's throw away from the small farming town's post office, and heads south on a concrete path along the side of S 1st Street. The trail moves past a series of suburban dwellings before reaching the beautiful, open Iowa farmland on the outskirts of town. The majority of the trail runs with the road on one side and farmland on the other, offering little in the way of shade - trail users will want to be sure to remember sunscreen for this rail-trail. Continuing south, the trail passes next to Sheridan Meadows Park, which hosts a variety of outdoor recreational activities, and proceeds into Eldridge. The trail runs right into the heart of this tranquil town and comes to an end at E Iowa Street, just across the street from the large North Scott High School, making the trail a fantastic means of getting to school for students living in Long Grove or northern Eldridge.
The trail also runs along part of the 25 mile Cody Trail, a signed historical route that traces the history of the area's favorite son, Buffalo Billy Cody. Eldridge is in the process of extending the trail from the southern end, continuing along the railroad line south to Blackhawk Trail Road, which would bring the trail into the outskirts of the Quad Cities.
There is no dedicated trail parking for this trail; parking may be available at North Scott High School on the trail's southern end, and at Sheridan Meadows Park in Eldridge. Additional on-street parking may be available; be sure to follow any posted signs or warnings.
To reach the southern end of the trail from I-80, take I-80 towards Davenport, then take exit 295-B and follow signs to proceed north onto US-61. Head north for several miles, then take exit 127 and turn left onto E Leclaire Road to head into Eldridge. Turn left onto S 1st Street; the trail begins about a hundred feet down the road to the left, across from the high school.
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