The Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail is situated between two natural treasures: Lake Michigan to the west and the Manistee National Forest to the east. The pathway, built on an inactive section of the Chicago and West Michigan Railroad, provides an important connection between the communities of Muskegon, Fruitland, Dalton and Whitehall.
Mid-way along, just north of Riley-Thompson Road, the sights and sounds will become quite different than the rest of the trail. Here, the Shivering Timbers roller coaster, one of many rides at Michigan's Adventure, the largest amusement park in the state, towers over the trail, so you might hear the rumble of the high-speed cars on its wooden tracks and the screaming of thrill-seekers for a short while. The rest of the trail will take you through peaceful forests and occasional meadows.
At White Lake Drive, the trail meets with the White Lake Pathway
that continues about 3 miles north through Whitehall and, in turn, connects to the Hart-Montague Trail
. Future plans include extending the trail south to the Muskegon Lakeshore Trail and the Musketawa Trail
To reach the southern trailhead from the south, take US-31 northbound, exiting left to North Muskegon (Exit 116). Keep right on M-120 north for 1.4 miles. Continue straight on Whitehall Road for 3.3 miles to McMillan Road. Turn right on McMillan Road and continue 0.3 miles to parking and the trailhead.
To reach the northern trailhead from the north, take US-31 southbound to White Lake Drive (Exit 126). Turn right (west) onto White Lake Drive and continue 2.1 miles to the trail crossing.
My wife and I have walked this trail twice now and it is very beautiful and enjoyed seeing the scenery. The first time that we walked the Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail was about two weeks ago where we started from Engle Drive and Tyler Road in Dalton ...
While not a lot of scenery, the trail surface is excellent with long stretches in between street crossings.