Set on a 500-acre parcel bought by the City of Novi, this seven mile (plus ski trails) system combines dense hardwoods, an abandoned apple orchard, open meadows, and an old tree nursery. An existing system of hike/ski trails has been supplemented by new technical singletrack created by the Michigan Mountain Biking Association. Hunting is not permitted, making it an attractive choice in the fall.
The trail is blazed with yellow directional arrows and white "Mountain Bike Trail" placards. Most of the technical riding occurs in the first and last couple of miles. More than anything, this trail needs riders. Steady usage will smooth and define the tread and keep the City of Novi from turning it into a golf course. That option is being heavily promoted, and could easily happen if usage is low. SAVE A TRAIL-- RIDE NOVI!
These trails are maintained in part by volunteers of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA).
Parking and Trail Access
How to get there from Detroit: From I-96, exit 162 (Novi Road), north on Novi Road 1.6 miles to traffic light at Old Novi Road, turn left. Proceed 0.5 mile to South Lake Shore Drive, turn left, then 0.4 mile to Lakeshore Park. Parking and trailhead are on left, beach on right. There is a gated 0.3-mile access road to the trailhead in the far left (southeast) corner of the main parking lot. Park in the main lot if gate is closed. At end of access road is a picnic shelter, portable toilet (in season) and trailhead sign with map. A second access, with parking, is planned along the southern boundary (12 Mile Road) in 1999, after completion of sewer project. This will be free. Access through Lakeshore Park is free for Novi residents, fee for non-residents between Memorial and Labor Days.