Local park perfect for those who love hiking, flowers, or dinosaurs

Looking to take a hike with the whole family? Something that could really appeal to just about anyone?

Try out Sunderbruch Park!

You won’t even believe you are in Davenport – the city park feels like a rural oasis. My family recently spent the morning hiking the park (which is easy enough for my 4-year-old to complete on his own two feet).

We will definitely be back soon.

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The park is considered the crown jewel of biking in the Quad Cities – there are seven miles of paved and unpaved single lane bike tracks. We passed several bikers during our hike.

It’s also the only park in the city that permits horse riding, with designated equestrian trails.

My son’s favorite part was the dinosaur “fossil” coming out of the ground. The structure paid homage to the hadrosaur (also known as the duck-billed dino). Fossils from this prehistoric creature were found right in Iowa. image3

The size of the dinosaur was eye opening, and our preschooler could easily fit in the egg.

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Once we drug him away from the dinosaur, we enjoyed an easy hike together on the main paved path.

Much of the main path is shaded, meaning it’s bearable even on the hottest of summer days. The trees break for large expanses of restored prairies, where we had fun spotting all kinds of birds, butterflies and bees.

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This time of year is a wonderful time to see the prairie – which are full of colors from native flowers. And there were also lots of benches for resting and rehydrating.

image8After finishing the hike, we turned around and headed back. It was about 1.5 miles each way.

We can’t wait to make it back and explore other trails at Sunderbruch Park!

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About the author

Kim Woodward Kim Woodward is a wife, mom, and freelance writer living with her husband and son in a barn in rural Geneseo, Illinois. A notorious dabbler and DIYer, she shares her projects and adventures at NewlyWoodwards.com, and contributes to QuadCityMomsBlog.com. A native of the Quad Cities, she loves setting out on local adventures and discovering hidden gems in the area. She’s always on the lookout for the best live music, family-friendly activities, and cup of coffee.

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