Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway

There is a place located in the heart of America, sometimes referred to as The Heart of America. It represents four centuries of history and heritage, a compilation of thousands of stories that paints the picture of America's evolution. Its 550-mile route on Illinois' western border offers breathtaking views and majestic landscapes that inspire and soothe the soul. Nature has been kind to the banks and bluffs, attracting thousands of species that travel thousands of miles for a visit or to make themselves a home. Originally discovered by Native American Indians, the rich fertile soil and waterways are ideal partners for agriculture and farming, a region that feeds the world today. This is your destination for a weekend trip or an extended journey that allows you to explore, play, shop, or simply unwind. Welcome to the Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway!

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Latitude: 42.491701 Longitude: -90.650401
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Length of Scenic Drive

550 miles

Driving Directions

THE GREAT RIVER ROAD IN ILLINOIS NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY

Driving Directions – North to South

Jo Daviess County
• Enter Illinois on U.S. Highway 20 E
• Turn right onto Illinois Route 84 S
• Continue on Illinois Route 84 S through Jo Daviess County

Carroll & Whiteside Counties
• Continue on Illinois Route 84 S through Carroll and Whiteside Counties

Rock Island County
• Continue on Illinois Route 84 S to Silvis
• Turn right onto Illinois Route 92 W/18th Avenue
• Continue on Illinois Route 92 W
• Stay right onto 16th Avenue onto 55th Street/1st Street
• 1st Street/55th Street curves left and becomes Old River Drive
• At the end of Old River Drive, turn right onto River Drive
• River Drive will curve left into 44th Street
• Follow 44th Street to 6th Avenue/Illinois Highway 92 W
• Turn right onto 6th Avenue/Illinois Highway 92E
• Continue on Illinois Highway 92 W through Moline and Rock Island
• Turn right onto Illinois Highway 92 W/Andalusia Road
• Turn right onto Loud Thunder Road/County Highway 59
• In Illinois City, turn right onto Illinois Highway 92 W
• Turn left onto 322nd Street W towards New Boston
• 322nd Street W becomes County Highway 14
• Continue on County Highway 14 through Rock Island County

Mercer County
• Continue on County Highway 14
• Turn left onto Illinois Highway 17 E
• Turn right onto 76th Street/Keithsburg Road
• In Keithsburg, turn left onto Main Street (no sign)
• Turn right onto 10th Street (no sign)
• Follow 10th Street (becomes Keithsburg Road/County Highway 25) through Mercer County

Henderson County
• Keithsburg Road becomes County Highway 3 in Henderson County
• Follow County Highway 3 to Illinois Route 164 S
• Turn right onto Illinois Route 164 S
• Follow Illinois Route 164 S through Oquawka to U.S. Highway 34 W
• Turn right onto U.S. Highway 34 W
• Turn left onto Carman Road/Illinois Route 522 S
• In Lomax, turn right on Illinois Route 96 S
• Continue on Illinois Route 96 S through Henderson County

Hancock County
• Continue on Illinois Route 96 S to Hamilton
• In Hamilton, turn right* onto U.S. Highway 136 W
• Turn left onto Warsaw Road/County Highway 32 to Warsaw
• In Warsaw, turn right onto Main Street
• Turn left onto Water Street/County Highway 11
• Follow County Highway 11, it becomes County Highway 12/N County Road 480, through Hancock County

* Due to road construction, the green and white paddlewheel Great River Road signs were moved to follow Illinois Route 96 to Quincy. Both routes are now open to traffic, however the actual route of the byway follows the above directions through Hancock and Adams Counties.

Adams County
• Continue on E 500th Street to N 2150th Avenue
• Turn left onto N 2150th Avenue to E 603rd Lane
• Turn right onto E 603rd Lane
• E 603rd Lane becomes County Highway 7/County Road 523 E/Bonasinga Drive
• Turn left onto County Road 1400 N/Kochs Lane to U.S. Highway 24
• Follow U.S. Highway 24 W to Illinois Route 57 S
• Continue on Illinois Route 57 S through Adams County

Pike County
• Continue on Illinois Route 57 S until you reach Illinois Route 96
• Turn right onto Illinois Route 96 S
• Stay on Illinois Route 96 S through Pike County

Calhoun County
• Continue on Illinois Route 96 S to Kampsville
• In Kampsville, turn right onto Illinois Route 100 S
• Stay on Illinois Route 100 S through Calhoun County

Greene & Jersey Counties
• Continue on Illinois Route 100 S through Greene and Jersey Counties

Madison & St. Clair Counties
• Continue on Illinois Route 100 S until Alton
• In Alton, turn right onto U.S. Highway 67 S
• U.S. Highway 67 S becomes Illinois Route 143 E
• Turn right onto Illinois Route 3 S
• Turn left to merge onto I-270 E (Effingham)
• Take exit 6A to merge onto Illinois Route 111 S (Pontoon Beach)
• Turn right to merge onto I-55 S/I-70 W/U.S. Highway 40 W (St. Louis)
• Keep left then right to continue on I-55 S/I-64 W
• Take Exit 1 for Illinois Route 3 S (Cahokia - St. Louis)
• Keep right to merge onto I-255 S/Illinois Route 3 S/U.S. Highway 50 W (Columbia - Memphis)

Monroe County
• Keep left and take Exit 6 (Illinois Route 3 S to Columbia)
• Continue on Illinois Route 3 S through Monroe County

Randolph, Jackson & Union Counties
• Continue on Illinois Route 3 S through Randolph, Jackson, & Union Counties

Alexander County
• Continue on Illinois Route 3 S
• Stay straight to continue onto U.S. Highway 51 S
• To enter Kentucky: turn left onto U.S. Highway 51 S/U.S. Highway 62 E
• To enter Missouri: continue straight onto U.S. Highway 62 W

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

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