Trails are easy to find in Beloit, as it sits on the midway point of the Rock River Trail which is a 320-mile course spanning Wisconsin and Illinois!
Trails of all kinds are bountiful in and around Beloit. The Rock River Trail is a multi-use trail that was established in 2010 to promote recreational use and areas of scenic and historic interest and significance. There are several ways to enjoy the trail including:
You can also taste the trail on the Chocolate Trail, appreciate art on the Art Route, and discover history on the History Trail.
Get additional maps to download and more information at the City of Beloit’s website.
Nature at the Confluence (NATC)
NATC is an outdoor urban ecology center dedicated to making the historic confluence of the Rock River and Turtle Creek in South Beloit a place of gathering, exploration, recreation, learning, and inspiration for people for all ages and abilities. There are trails for hiking, a spot to launch kayaks. In winter, they offer candle-lit hikes and snow shoe instruction events.
Riverside Corridor Bike/Walking Trail
Location: Riverside Park, 1160 Riverside Dr.
Length: Approximately 9 mile loop
Features: This is one of the most popular places in Beloit to enjoy a run, a bike ride or a leisurely stroll along our beautiful riverfront. This paved trail winds along both sides of the Rock River and offers a variety of stops and lengths to enjoy. A recent shoreline restoration on the east side of the river included prairie plantings that are flourishing. Quite a bit of public art can be found along the trail. Restrooms are available in Riverside Park.
Stateline Prairie Restoration Park Nature Trail
Location: 400 Colby St.
Length: Under 1 mile loop
Features: This is a small park in an urban setting. Recently reclaimed and planted, it is now flourishing with prairie plants. Turtle Creek runs along one edge of the park. Crushed gravel trail. No restrooms.
Harper’s Prairie Nature Trail
Location: 2201 Whipple St. (Parking also avail. along Frederick St.)
Length: .63 mile loop
Features: This small park offers a mowed walking trail around a pond. Prairie plants and water plants are abundant. No restrooms.
Turtle Creek Greenway Nature & Ski Trails
Features: These trails offer you a way to get into nature right in the city! The mowed trails wind through woods following the contours of Turtle Creek. Wildlife sightings are frequent, including deer, fox, and hawks. There are varying options of trail length, with different loops available at different access points. Cross Country Ski Trails are groomed in the winter. The city offers snowshoe rentals at our Leisure Services office. No restrooms available.
Big Hill Regional Park Nature, Bike, and Ski Trails
Location: 1101 Big Hill Rd.
Trail Length: Unpaved trails (both gravel and mowed dirt) over 5 miles; Paved bike path.
Features: Big Hill Park is one of Beloit’s most scenic sites. Located on the bluffs of the Rock River, this 190-acre park boasts nature and hiking trails, an environmental education center, bike trail, cross-country ski trail, a scenic overlook with spectacular vistas. The city offers snowshoe rentals at our Leisure Services office.
Big Hill Park was built as a memorial park for people who gave their life in World War I. Much of the construction took place in the early 1930’s by the Wisconsin Civilian Conservation Corps. A famous 90 ft. bluff on the West bank of the Rock River had been used to hold annual ski jumping competitions by the Beloit Ski Club. When warm winter spells hit the City would import snow in railroad gondolas that were unloaded at the base of the slope. Even though the ski jump is no longer in existence, the spectacular view remains from the top of the bluff and you can now enjoy the view from the scenic overlook.
Turtle Creek is a beautiful waterway lined with woods that winds its way through seven miles of Beloit. It’s fun creek to kayak, canoe or tube on. Launch kayaks just north of Beloit at Tiffany Bridge, the state’s oldest stone, five-arched bridge! Turtle Creek offers plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
Location: Big Hill Park, 1101 Big Hill Rd.
Big Hill Park is listed on the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail. This 190-acre park offers the bird watcher a large wooded area along the sandstone bluffs on the west side of the Rock River. The park has a nature trail loop that leads from the bluffs to the river and then follows a former railroad grade. There’s also a scenic overlook with spectacular vistas, and an environmental education center. During the spring, the Rock River serves as a migratory route for hawks, passerines and waterfowl of all types making a trip to this park worthwhile.