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Black Hawk State Historic Site

Wander down woodland trails along the banks of the Rock River and experience a place of deep significance to the Sauk nation and ancient civilizations.

Black Hawk State Historic Site is a rolling tract of woodland in the city of Rock Island. This tranquil parkland is an important cultural and historic place for the Sauk nation, as well as pre-historic Indians and 19th-century settlers. Stroll down pretty wooded trails, learn about the local Native American way of life at the on-site museum and discover the region’s diversity of bird species at the park’s nature center. Take a short break from the city or stay for the day at this relaxing refuge in the Quad Cities.

Walk down tree-lined pathways as you enter the 208-acre (84-hectare) parkland. Find a stunning 1930s lodge and the John Hauburg Museum of Native American Life. Learn about the Sauk and Meskwaki people and see dioramas, replica houses, jewelry and other artifacts. Discover the park’s Sauk heritage and find out about Saukenuk, the thriving village that once stood on this site. Check out the statue of Black Hawk, the Sauk warrior after whom the park was named, and learn about the leader’s fierce defense of his ancestral lands in the early 19th century.

Black Hawk State Historic Site has 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) of marked hiking trails, including a central loop trail. The southern edge of the park is bordered by a 150-foot (45-meter) bluff, which overlooks the Rock River. Stop by one of three picnic areas, which have shaded areas, tables, water and stoves. Bring some lunch and enjoy the natural surroundings while the kids explore the playground nearby.

In the cooler months, make use of the park’s cross-country skiing trails at the park’s southern end. There are two shelters with fireplaces, so you can warm up after a morning of winter adventuring.

You can find out about the region’s birdlife at the Singing Bird Nature Center, a dedicated educational center in the park’s northwestern section. Discover the native bird species that make their homes along the Rock River and surrounding parklands.

Black Hawk State Historic Site is located to the south of Rock Island in the Illinois half of Quad Cities. The park is free to enter and open year-round, from sunrise until late in the evening. Parking is available on-site.


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Motel 6 Moline, IL $40
Motel 6 Moline, IL

Motel 6 Moline, IL

2501 52nd Ave, Moline, IL
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Moline, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from SouthPark Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of TaxSlayer Center and Augustana College. John Deere Pavilion and Black Hawk State Historic Site are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Jumers Casino And Hotel $100
    Jumers Casino And Hotel

    Jumers Casino And Hotel

    777 Jumer Dr, Milan, IL
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Jumer's Casino & Hotel and within 6 mi (10 km) of Augustana College and John Hauberg Indian Museum. Hauberg Civic Center and Black Hawk State Historic Site are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center Quad Cities $77
      Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center Quad Cities

      Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center Quad Cities

      101 18th St, Moline, IL
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Moline, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from TaxSlayer Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rhythm City Casino and Figge Art Museum. RiverCenter and Palmer College of Chiropractic are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Moline Airport $48
        La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Moline Airport

        La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Moline Airport

        5450 27th St, Moline, IL
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from SouthPark Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of TaxSlayer Center and Augustana College. Niabi Zoo and John Deere Pavilion are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          American Motor Inn $54
          American Motor Inn

          American Motor Inn

          4300 11th St, Rock Island, IL
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Rock Island, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of John Hauberg Indian Museum and Black Hawk State Historic Site. Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park and Hauberg Civic Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Radisson Quad City Plaza $87
            Radisson Quad City Plaza

            Radisson Quad City Plaza

            111 E 2nd St, Davenport, IA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from River Music Experience and RiverCenter. Figge Art Museum and Government Bridge are also within 10 minutes.

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              The Perfect Little Houseboat For Two

              The Perfect Little Houseboat For Two

              Rock Island, IL
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Rock Island, this houseboat is within 3 mi (5 km) of John Hauberg Indian Museum, Black Hawk State Historic Site, and Hauberg Civic Center. Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse and Schwiebert Riverfront Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Hyatt Place East Moline Quad Cities $67
                Hyatt Place East Moline Quad Cities

                Hyatt Place East Moline Quad Cities

                111 Bend Blvd, East Moline, IL
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in East Moline, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Celebration River Cruise Dock and within 6 mi (10 km) of TaxSlayer Center and Augustana College. John Deere Pavilion and Isle Casino Bettendorf are also within 6 mi (10 km).