Macomb Orchard Trail

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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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.


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Reviews

Great trail for "newer" riders

   August, 2013 by spawrtan

Got on this trail at the Onyx in Rochester, rode to Romeo and back. Just under 22 miles; smooth, clean, and great riding on my bike. As a "newer" rider, it was pretty easy, although I was running out of gas toward the end of the return leg. Worth doing ...read more

Beautiful trail, watch out for cars at the crosswalks!

   August, 2013 by akjeffri

This is a fantastic trail! Great scenery and plenty of places to stop and rest. Watch out for drivers when crossing though! In a single day I was almost hit and had profanities yelled at me, all while legally crossing the street (I had the pedestrian ...read more

Longboard worthy

   July, 2013 by joerico

Rode the trail from Shelby Twp. to the City of Richmond and back on Friday. The trail is great for longboards. With the exception of a small stretch in Armada that needs to be redone. Quiet, serene and smooth. read more