The Wadhams to Avoca Trail in southeast Michigan provides a snapshot of scenic rural lands. The trail's name reflects its initial endpoints, although the trail now extends from Avoca 12 miles southeast to the outskirts of Port Huron. This former railroad turned rail-trail is lined with mile markers that adorn and inform from the sides of the corridor.
The rural town of Avoca is a good starting point for those who want to experience the entire route. The trailhead is set among a cluster of businesses, a post office, a restaurant and bar, and fire station. It provides trailer parking, hitching posts and restrooms. The trail is surfaced with limestone fines for the first 1.5 miles to Beard Road. The next 3.5 miles is packed gravel to Cribbons Road.
At mile 2 the restored Mill Creek Trestle soars 60 feet through the air, and (vertigo sufferers beware) lookout points have been added so that you can view the seasons playing out on the waters and woodlands below. Because hardwood trees flank much of the trail, autumn is a spectacular time to visit. In addition to the colorful views from the trestle, numerous small ponds and wetlands adjoining the trail mirror the bright colors on the trees. This stretch of trail features a second trailhead at Imlay City Road, which has parking and toilets.
When you reach Cribbons Road, the trail surface is again limestone fines. For the most part the tree-lined trail passes through rural farmland, making for a beautiful walk or ride during any season and a pleasant cross-country ski route. The views change from flat lands to valleys in this area of Michigan.
The last 5 miles, beyond McLain Road, is paved to the Griswold Road, 4 miles from downtown Port Huron. This section of the trail passes through a developing residential area and is used heavily by residents. The last trailhead is at Wadhams Road, where the By-Lo gas station provides additional parking. A fast food restaurant, pharmacy and grocery store are close by.
There are three campgrounds located within 1.5 miles of the trail at various points: on Imlay City Road (Ruby Campground), at McLain and Lapeer Road (Fort Trood), and a KOA off of Lapeer Road between Wadhams and Allen.
Parking and Trail Access
The Avoca trailhead is on the south side of State Route M-136, between Kilgore Road and Duce Road. Parking is on the west side of the park. The Imlay City Road trailhead is at the intersection of Interstate 69 and Wales Center Road. Go north 1 mile to the end of Wales Center Road. Turn right on Kilgore Road. Go 3 miles north and turn right on Imlay City Road. Go east 1.2 miles past Duce Road to the trailhead on the left side.
To reach the Wadhams trailhead from Interstate 69, take Exit 196 to Wadhams Road and go north 0.5 mile.