Touring The Byway


The 33-mile Meeting of the Great Rivers Byway begins in Hartford at the intersection of Illinois Route 3 and New Poag Road. The byway winds west and north via Illinois Routes 3, 143 and 100. Illinois Route 100 leads you through Alton and bends along the forested river bluffs approximately 25 miles to its ending point in Grafton at Pere Marquette State Park. Download the Byway brochure to use as your guide and get ready to experience the world just waiting to be discovered where the Great Rivers meet.


Driving the entire Byway takes about an hour. In order to fully experience everything the region has to offer, you will want to set aside two to three days for your trip. Make sure you plan ahead for places you may want to stop along the way for food, lodging and entertainment. Most importantly, be prepared for some of the most beautiful scenery, diverse American history and natural wildlife that lie ahead.