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Illinois Ultimate Scenic Rivers Route + ADD NEW ROUTE


9   in Illinois Illinois140 Miles

By Steve C.
on August 1, 2007

4.2out of 5

12 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

From Alton, IL, take Illinois Rte 100 for over 130 miles north until it meets up with Rt 136 4 miles west of Havana, IL. First 16 miles along Mississippi River has amazing views of bluffs along north side of river. At Grafton route leaves Mississippi and follows Illinois river north through small towns and river countryside ending at US Rte 136. Optional loop; 13 miles north of Pere-Marquette State Park take Eldred Rd north to town of Eldred then west on IL-108 to Kampsville Ferry. Cross river on free ferry and resume north on Rte 100.

Scenery

Scenic river road. Mississippi River views and bluffs at south end. Then mostly farm and river countryside north of Grafton. A beautiful combination of the Great River Road scenic byway and part of the Illinois River Scenic Byway roads. Fast Eddies Bon Air in Alton

Road Quality

Smooth road surface, gentle sweeping corners and mostly flat. Some interesting elevation changes here and there. Low traffic volume after Grafton.

The Famous Ruebel Hotel in Grafton, IL

Roadside Amenities

Plenty of small town s with typical fuel/food marts along route. Full amenities at both ends in AltonHavana. In Alton, IL, you'll want to start out with a stop at Fast Eddies ... been there since 1921 ... caters to the motorcycle crowd ... live bands ever weekend and great/inexpensive food like 29 cent shrimp and 1/2 pound burger for only 99 cents. Along the way you may want to consider what was reported in the Chicago Tribune as the "best small hotel" by their travel writer Alan Solomon - The Ruebel Hotel in Grafton, IL. He lists the hotel as it one of his favorite destinations in the world.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By JFeezy
on November 3, 2016 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Suzuki VStrom

Motorcycle Type Enduro

This route is a nice alternative to slabbing endlessly through the corn fields of IL. I chose this route as a more scenic means of getting from Chi to StL (over I55). It dumps you out not far from Fast Eddy's which is an absolute must!
When we came through it was an absolute monsoon! By the time we got to the Grafton BP I could feel water sloshing around in my boots. (We stayed on 100 through Pere Marquette State Park)
There wasn't many opportunities to stop though. There was one 2 pump gas station a half hour or so before Grafton, but it didn't have an awning or any coverage so I kept going. There are a few parks along the way with pavilions, we probably should have stopped there and waited the storm out.

I've done I55 many of times and it's tiring. You just drone on and on, and on. With this route you at least get some trees, state parks, the IL river, and some turns in to break the monotony. Going north IL 24 to Peoria and 26 will get you close to I80 & Starved Rock. Something to consider. Great alternative if you have the time.

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By Guest
on April 9, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

A buddy and I rode this route in August. Chilly in the morning but turned out to be a beautiful day. This ride was great. We took all day but stopped a lot along the way. I would recommend this to anyone. Plan it so you can stop in Grafton for a while. You will see lots of other motorcycles there as well.

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By Guest
on September 12, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make M109

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Thanks for adding this route. It's a great ride, and I highly recommend Fast Eddie's, The Loading Dock, and the Kampsville ferry. This route would make an excellent fall run.

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By Guest
on December 30, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Nice road but the Missouri side of the river is better.

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By Guest
on October 1, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1999

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Alton established a 'low noise zone' so keep it down while passing through. Beautiful ride along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Great food stops along the way. Plenty of fuel stops also. Roadway is in pretty good condition. Cross over the Hardin lift bridge and head south to Brussels. Stop at the Inn for FABULOUS family style home cooked food. Back over the Brussels Ferry to the Great River Road and back to Alton. LOVE THIS RIDE!!!

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By Guest
on August 14, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Moto Guzzi

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a nice ride indeed! Prefer the fall colors myself...gorgeous then. Some nice county roads also that you can take as a variation. One I like is from is from Detroit north that comes out just east of Griggsville, then right to Valley City, then left to Chambersburg, then right again on IL RT 104 to 100. Fast Eddies is one of my wife's favorite places to relax to nice music and get some good cheap grub!!

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By Guest
on May 27, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make OTHER

Motorcycle Type Other

After crossing the Kampsville Ferry, if you go into Hardin, Illinois (10 miles from Ferry) and go 2 0r 3 blocks past the bridge (rte 100) there is "The Riverdock Resturant" on the left. They have very good food and the pies are fabulous.

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By Guest
on May 25, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

2.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

As you enter Gafton turn left at first road and go down to the river to a place called the Loading Dock. Has great food, drinks, and is right on the water. It also has a fea market on most weekends.

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By Guest
on July 12, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great ride.........thanks for sharing

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By Guest
on December 6, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

I've ridden most of this route, it's everything Steve says it is. Fast Eddies is a must do kinda place.

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By Guest
on May 8, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 1977

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Other

Fast Eddies rocks! Great food ice cold beer, great crowd.

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By Guest
on December 21, 2007 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Another great day trip!!!

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