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. Running east to west, the trail starts out in the urban landscape then enters the countryside, as it passes through townships and connects the villages of Romeo and Armada.
You will find lots of fruit orchards, crop fields and dairy farms before ending in the city of Richmond. The western end is perhaps the most attractive portion of the trail. Within the first few miles 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. Or try your hand at catching some trout.
The trail ends in the heart of Richmond at a trailhead park, with a gazebo, restrooms, picnic tables, benches and a path to the municipal parking lot. In addition, a 10-mile section for an equestrians runs between Romeo Plank Road and Lowe Plank Road.
At its west end the Macomb Orchard Trail connects to two other trails, the 16-mile Clinton River Trail
and the 8.5-mile Paint Creek Trailway
via the Rochester City River Walk.
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 near Rochester is from a parking lot on the west side of Dequindre Road just south of 24 Mile Rd./Parkdale Rd.
For more information, contact Macomb County Parks & Recreation: (586) 979-7010 ext 2.