East Peoria’s Riverfront Greenway project is a 1.8-mile walking/hiking trail along the east bank of the Illinois River. Beginning at EastPort Public Boat Ramp, the trail runs through Cooper Park and terminates at Spindler Marina and Campground. This trail project is congruent with Fon du Lac Park District’s planned second phase of the River Trail of Illinois project. It includes a 1200-foot section of raised boardwalk equipped with 3 separate observation decks, which overlook multiple wetland areas including four levels of ponds created by the damming of the river by resident beavers. Look for loons, grebes, and ducks in the fall, and gulls in the winter on the open water around the marina. The boardwalk provides an opportunity for great eye level views of Prothonotary Warblers and Baltimore Orioles. Due east of the Greenway, on the east service road of SR 116 almost directly across from EastPort Marina, is Bennett’s Terraqueous Gardens.
The Greenway path is a great place for visitors desiring an up-close view of the Illinois River, those who wish to view river nature in an urbanized setting. You can also enjoy an outstanding view of Caterpillar and the Peoria skyline.