Named for the rich assortment of fruit trees in southeast Michigan, this trail cuts a 23.5-mile arch across the northern portion of Macomb County. Regardless of where you begin, the entire route is relatively flat.
Beginning on its eastern end, the trail starts out in an urban landscape in the heart of Richmond. At the trailhead park, you'll find a gazebo, restrooms, picnic tables, and benches. Out of the city, the trail enters the countryside, passing through lots of fruit orchards, crop fields, and dairy farms.
The western end feels like Upper Michigan with its dense tree canopies. A few miles from trail's end in Shelby, you will cross the Clinton River over a bridge that has large platforms on each side, where you can stop and view the pastureland and the Clinton River. At this western end, the Macomb Orchard Trail connects to the 16-mile Clinton River Trail, which, in turn connects to the the 9-mile Paint Creek Trail.
To reach the access point in Richmond: Take I-94 and exit west onto Fred W. Moore Highway/Division Road. Turn right onto State Route M-19/Main Street. Turn left onto Water Street. The trailhead is at the intersection of Water and Parker streets.
To reach the access point in Washington: Take State Route M-53 toward Washington. Exit at 26 Mile Road then turn right on Van Dyke Road. Turn left onto West Road; the trailhead is 0.4 miles head on the right.
The access point in Shelby Township is from a parking lot on the west side of Dequindre Road, just south of 24 Mile Road/Parkdale Road.