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good for walking , too!

By ja22minn in October, 2014

i walked this for the first time yesterday from New Hudson to Wixom. very nice and very flat. paved....
i have walked from South Lyon to New Hudson before, but seperate trips.
im a walker....( not the kind on the Walking Dead, ha ha)...i am training to walk a marathon next spring.
I found the variety of scenery kept me occupied during my walk and the forest and nature was beautiful. I dont listen with headphones to anything, but, im sure some background music or book listening would be nice too.
I walked 7 miles and vered off onto a two-track to break the pavement bordeom. not many people and those i saw were biking.
i have also walked the route at Kennsington and the path to Milford from Kennsington....so now, i just need to connect all of them! this walking route is worth the trip! cant wait to go again..... : )

Flat but I don't feel the advantage to use this trail

By unagiunagi in June, 2014

The trail is paved and quite flat. But I am not using this trail when I pass through this area.
The main reason is that there is no drinking water fountain. The Island Lake/Kensington/Milford trail system, nearby this trail, has many restrooms and water fountains. The surface is not so smooth, too. The trail would be worth for Wixom residents to access these trails.

Huron Valley Rail-Trail

By snapshot46 in December, 2013

The most southern point of this trail starts in South Lyon at 8 Mi Rd & Pontiac Trail. The entire trail is paved to Wixom. As you head north, you will pass thru the village of South Lyon. Once you reach the railroad tracks at 10 Mi Rd. (there is a small unpaved parking lot next to the rr tracks here), the distance to downtown Wixom is a very flat 9 miles. When you reach the I-96 underpass near the Walmart and Lowes facilies(which is about 4.5 miles) you will notice an intersecting paved trail on your left that will take you to Island Lake Recreation Area. This trail will take you over the land fill park in Lyon Tnshp and gives you the option of entering Kensington Metro Park. On the north end of Kensington, you now have the option of circling Kent Lake or connecting to the Milford Trail which will take you to downtown Milford. At this point, you can return on the same trail or continue south out of Milford via roadways on either Old Plank Rd, South Hill Rd or Garden Rd. (see a local google map) which are some gravel and some paved. (Garden Rd. is marked with a "Dead End" sign for cars but you can get thru over a creek with a foot bridge to Wixom Rd. if you are riding a bicycle.) All of theses routes will bring you south to intersect with the Huron Valley Trail or Wixom Village(where you can pick up the Huron Valley Tr. at Old Wixom Rd. and Pontiac Tr. once again.) Beginning on the Huron Valley Tr. at 10 Mi Rd. the route I have described here is about 26 miles in distance. As I have mentioned earlier the trail is paved but if you opt to return on some of the roads you will encounter some gravel roads and some hills in the Milford area. This is a very scenic route and there are places to stop for refreshments and rest along the way in Kensington Park, Milford and Wixom. I'm a 67 year old retiree and ride a Giant Escape RX hybrid bike just so you see this is not a difficult ride. Try it as I think you will find it quite an enjoyable ride.

Nice Trail

By giantbike13 in July, 2013

This is a nice trail, and it is a good flat ride for those who don't want to deal with a lot of hills or inclines.

second time

By joerico in July, 2013

Yesterday was my second time on the trail. This time I went deep into South Lyon before turning around and coming back to Wixom. Not so smooth, but still rideable on Longboard.

Wixom to South Lyon

By joerico in June, 2013

Rode the trail from Wixom to South Lyon on longboard with my daughter on her mountain bike. Great trail, level all the way (flat). Only issue is there are some cracks on the path that jars small wheels. Inline and longboarders beware. Other than that it was pleasant and not much traffic. Will ride again soon.

By truephotovibe in April, 2013

Nice Ride

By jamiebothwell in July, 2012

I went under I-96 yesterday (7/26). There were still signs of recent construction, but it was passable. Imagine if this trail and the West Bloomfield Trail could be extended until they connected! There would be trail from South Lyon to Pontiac.

Great Trail

By rungladwin in April, 2012

This is a level easy ride with good pavement. Nice scenery. Be aware though, as of April 2012, this trail is closed at the I-96 crossing.

Great Trail

By gmiddlemis in December, 2011

I rode this trail a number of times this summer and it is a very nice ride, Where the trail crosses 10 Mile Road just outside downtown South Lyon is a great place to park. Taking the trail to the split and then the west branch allows you to continue on the Island Lake Rec Area trails and link to the Kensington Metropark trail which then links to the Kensington Milford Trail.

Perfect for day trip

By dgarvin1 in April, 2011

The Huron Valley Rail Trail is perfect for a day trip. The surface is paved from South Lyon to the outskirts of Wixom. This section of the trail is essentially flat as a pancake. The view ranges from suburban to industrial to rural--just about the full gamut of scenery.

The spur loop to Kensington and Island Lake is also paved but unlike the main leg, it has challenging hills. Once inside the parks, there are loops around Kent Lake and the Huron River. FYI, helmets are mandatory in the Metropark but not in the State Park.

Bike/foot traffic wasn't bad, and was only slightly crowded in South Lyon. The loops in Kensington/Island lake tend to get crowded.

The whole ride is 10-35 miles, depending on the route.

Huron Valley/South Lyon/Kent Lake

By Chattykathy in September, 2010

September 12, 2010

Good ride!
Parked at Pontiac Trail & Oak Plank Road.
The trail was in good condition, flat & well kept. Scenery was a little of this and a little of that. Love the hodge podge.
The South Lyon trail is at the end, last 2 miles or so.
Off of South Lyon trail is a planked trail turning into asphalt leading you through some small hills and
beautiful homes.
Back tracking on the Huron trail, you can veer off to New Hudson and Kent Lake which has an 8 mile loop around the lake. Really nice, crowded but what can you expect on a beautiful fall Saturday in Michigan?
Folks were friendly & considerate.
This was a bit of a challenge for us as there were a few "good' hills but something I would like to tackle again.
All & all this equals about a 32.5 mile trip.

Mzkitty

By MZKITTY in April, 2010

I absolutely love this trail. I live in South Lyon, off 11mi and Milford Rd, so I have a variety of choices, for starting points, and directions, depending on what type of ride im desiring. I enjoy the variety of views, from covered canopy to the open areas past businesses and residences. I can ride to Wixom, Island Lake or Kensington. For safety reasons, I am pleased that they put the flashing lights at the Grandriver crossing (in New Hudson). If I need to run to Walmart, for something small. Biking is a good alternative. And that crossing use be a problem sometimes. But, most drivers dont know that they are suppose to stop when the lights are flashing. From and avid bike rider, I say thank you and keep up the good work!!

Huron valley Trail

By simondoug in February, 2010

I ride this trail several times a week. The overall trail is nice and an easy ride. I typically take the trail from Wixom to Kennsington to ride the hills. Such a great workout. The overall condition of the trail is great. The brush is typically cut back so you don't have to manuver around shrub growth. A great trail for all ages.

South Lyon Rail-Trail

By jmglaser in August, 2009

My wife & I ride this trail all the time. We start at our home in Milford Twp., ride sidewalks through Wixom then onto the trail and into South Lyon, about 25 miles round trip. Beautiful trail that is pretty well maintained. Nice & flat with only one hinky road crossing at Pontiac Trail, you really have to watch cars coming around the curve from west to east.I would have to disagree with the reviewer complaining about the brush being cut back. It certainly makes it a nicer ride not having top swerve or duck all the foliage hanging over the trail.

Trail

By mcmahonstephanie in July, 2009

Recently this trail has been severely cut back with the shrubs and trees trimmed 5-10 feet back from the trail. What once had been very scenic and had a lot of shade for biking and walking now has lost some of its former beauty. I have called the city office of Charter Twp of Lyon @ 248-437-2240 and spoke with the supervisor who stated that he had the trail cleared since it was overgrown and he stated that he had not received any other complaints about its appearance. If you use this trail and are unhappy with its maintenance - please call their office and let them know that you are dissatisfied with how it has been managed. Also, there are several areas that do not have any trees or vegetation between the trail and the businesses or homes and the supervisor had stated that he has no plans of planting any new trees in order to beautify those areas. Please let them know that some of us want more trees and not just a section of pavement to walk on.

South Lyon Rail Trail - Wixom to South Lyon

By dsegal in July, 2008

Great easy ride for all ages, paved and shade. We will ride from our house (Beck & Maple) on the Wixom side walk trail and hook up to the South Lyon Trail and then continue to South Lyon where we go to the South Lyon Hotel for a great meal. You can get to other restruants from the trail located by Milford Rd. and I96. Approx. 11 miles (one way) from our house to South Lyon.
Dave Segal

South Lyon Rail Trail

By in September, 2006

Excellent trail (esp for beginners like we are). My 5 year old loves to ride along the trail.
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Not great for in-line skating

By Denise in July, 2002

"Although this is a very nice trail for the area, it is not a very good trail for in-line skating. A portion of the trail follows a sidewalk through South Lyon (downhill in one direction towards a very busy road), it crosses several busy paved roads, and QUITE A FEW DIRT ROADS (not good for rollerblades). It is a nice trail for bikers and has great connectors to Island Lake State Park and Kensington MetroPark (but the connectors are pretty hilly - again, not good for in-line skating)."