The Quad Cities has 45 miles of water trails, for various abilities, on the Mississippi River, Rock River, Hennepin Canal, and more. Direct access to another 73 miles of hiking and biking trails, conveniently placed campsites, and a proximity to urban activities, makes paddling the Quad Cities a perfect multi-day excursion. Possible trips for beginners include paddling the backwaters of the Mississippi River at Sylvan Slough or the Middle Rock River Trail. Intermediates might like a shoreline trip along the Upper Mississippi or Middle Mississippi River Trails. More advanced paddlers may enjoy trips along the Mississippi River Trail that include crossing the river.