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The Rock River Trail 320-Mile Award

The Rock River Trail Inititative has established a 320-Mile Award for those individuals who reach the goal of doing the whole 320 miles of the Rock River Trail, whether it’s hiking, biking, paddling or driving.

Those who finish the trail will be recognized on our 320-Mile Wall of Fame and awarded the Rock River Trail patch and 320-Mile Award rocker patch.

The Rock River Trail is a 320 mile National Water Trail that goes through 11 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois. From it’s headwaters in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, all the way to to the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois, the Rock River provides a multitude of recreational opportunities, scenic beauty and historic and cultural assets. Paddling, driving and biking trails have been established, and hiking trails in the Rock River corridor have been identified and mapped.

Choose How You’ll Do the Trail

Driving Route – Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route
Paddling Route – Rock River National Water Trail
Biking Route – Rock River Trail Bike Route
Hiking Route – Hike on the trails within the river corridor listed under Rock River Trail Hiking Route
(You may make your journey by one mode, or in any combination of above.)

Document Your Journey & Submit to RRTI

Submit photographic evidence of the travel accomplishment (photos of the beginning and end at one of the three trail heads, with a photo or two en route), and with your name, mode(s) of travel (drive, hike, bike, kayak, canoe), date of completion, hometown, age and comments regarding the trip. Your journey does not have to be finished all at one time.

Get Recognized

We’ll acknowledge your achievement by posting your name and trip details on our 320-Mile Award Wall of Fame. We’ll also post it on our social media. By submitting your information you are giving the RRTI permission to use your name and photos.
  • By uploading these photos, you are granting the Rock River Trail Initiative to use these photos on the website or social media.
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320-Mile Wall Of Fame

Nels Akerlund, Rockford, IL
Date: Fall 1994
Method: Paddled

Dan Akerlund, Rockford, IL
Date: Fall 1994
Method: Paddled

John Sullivan, La Crosse, WI
Date: August 1999

Greg Farnham, Juneau, WI
Age: 67
Date: June 2013
Method: Automobile

Jon Gress, Pekin, IL
Age: 22
Date: May 2014
Method: Paddled

Garrett Feik, Aledo, IL
Age: 20
Date: May 2014
Method: Paddled

Jake Boucher, Aledo, IL
Age: 20
Date: May 2014
Method: Paddled

Kovas and Aleks Palubinskas, Downers Grove, IL 
Ages: Aleks (6) Kovas (51)
May 28-29, 2017
Method: Automobile

Joseph McDade, Rockford, IL
Date: June 6-8, 2017
Method: Motorcycle

Dake Kallenbach
Date: September 30-October 10, 2017
Method: Driving – (GeoCaching)