Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean there aren’t trails to follow. If you have a fat bike (they have fat tires), you might already be crushing it in the snow/slush. Otherwise, snap into some skis to go cross country skiing.
If you have your own skiis, there are volunteers that groom trails at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf and Duck Creek Golf Course in Davenport. You can join the Facebook group Quad-City Nordic to get updates on conditions from others.
You can rent cross country skiing equipment from Palmer Hills Golf Course in Bettendorf to give it a try. They have groomed trails so it’s a little easier if you’re a beginner. Wade Ellett has some good tips on his blog if you’re heading out for the first time.
For details on rentals at Palmer Hills…or a little farther away at the Wapsi Environmental Education Center or Rock Creek Marina in Camanche, Laurie Elliott has all the info on her QC Moms Blog post.
If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City and Scott County Park in Long Grove have cross-country skiing trails. The trails aren’t groomed so you may or may not be the first one out there to lay down the twin-grooved path. Hiking trails on the south side of Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island double as cross country trails when the snow flies. Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island is another golf course in the QC that allows cross country skiing when there’s over 3 inches of snow for an easy, un-groomed ski outing.
Enjoy the outdoors this winter! #QCoutdoors