• Blanchard River Greenway Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Blanchard River Greenway Bike Trail runs along a former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor on the riverfront in downtown Findlay. The trail primarily courses through woodlands, with highlights including river views and a bridge crossing over Howard Run.

    Spur trails lead to River Landings Park and Swale Park.

  • Border-to-Border Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 19.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

    The Border-to-Border Trail is a work in progress, which when complete, will stretch across Washtenaw County from its border with Livingston County in the northwest to Wayne County in the east. Much of the off-road trail is open and sees heavy use, particularly in the more urban areas of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

    Beginning in the north, the scenic trail provides an important connection between Hudson Mills Metropark and downtown Dexter. The path, also known here as the West River Trail, is primarily paved as it follows the west bank of the Huron River; a section through wetlands is boardwalk. The wooded 1,500-acre park at its northern end offers a wide range of recreational opportunities, including hiking, golfing, camping, fishing, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

    A short disconnected trail segment extends eastward from Dexter to Dexter-Huron Metropark, but the longest open stretch of the Border-to-Border Trail resumes in Ann Arbor. Cyclists can use Huron River Drive to bridge the gap while trail plans are drawn up but should exercise extreme caution around the road’s several blind curves.

    In Ann Arbor, the Border-to-Border Trail extends south from the Barton Nature Area toward town, mostly following the course of the Huron River. The trail passes close to the University of Michigan’s main medical campus, crosses the river several times and parallels an active Amtrak line on its way to the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. Here the off-road trail ends for a few miles but picks up again in south Ypsilanti near Interstate 94. It then continues south along the north shore of Ford Lake to its current eastern trailhead at North Hydro Park.

  • Grosse Ile Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 6.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Grosse Ile Trail is a smooth, paved route running nearly the entire north–south length of Grosse Ile, which rests in the Detroit River between mainland Michigan and Ontario, Canada. The trail primarily parallels Meridian Road, with portions on the southern end following Groh Road and South Pointe Drive.

    Grosse Ile Township has long been considered a desirable place to live by Michigan’s upper class, so the scenery along the trail primarily consists of kempt—and often lavish—homes. Cyclists looking for a longer journey and water views can complete a recommended loop via Horsemill Road and E. River Road.

    While the Grosse Ile Trail is not a rail-trail, the path does cross Grosse Ile Parkway, which occupies a corridor once home to the island’s sole rail line. Canada Southern Railway built the line to transport passengers and freight from Michigan to points east via a ferry from Stony Island to Ontario. Later, the Michigan Central Railroad operated a train on the line for residents and tourists between Grosse Ile and Trenton.

    Trail users interested in railroad history will want to take the recommended on-road loop to see the Michigan Central train depot—now home to the Grosse Ile Historical Society Museum—at the intersection of E. River Road and Grosse Ile Parkway.

  • Heritage Trail (OH)

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 20.13 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

    NOTE:This, and all trails in Hancock County, are closed during hunting season, September 1 to January 31. Segments running through Findlay are not closed.

    Hancock County's Heritage Trail runs for more than 20 miles from Heritage Trail Center off US 224 west of Findlay and Litzenberg Memorial Woods east to Van Horn Cemetery, southeast of the city of Findlay. The trail mostly follows the course of the Blanchard River and offers scenic views through wetlands, woodlands, and open space.

    The route passes through the heart of Findlay, where it is also called the Old Mill Stream Parkway and the Blanchard River Greenway (locals recommend traveling west to east). Most of the surface is dirt, gravel, and grass but some portions through the city are paved. Outside of the city, the trail parallels roads. Yellow trail markers with black directional arrows lead the way.

    The Heritage Trail connects parks, historic sites, neighborhoods, recreation areas and downtown businesses.

  • I-275 Metro Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 33.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The I-275 Metro Trail began back in the 1970s as the Michigan Department of Transportation's response to the then-fuel crisis. The original trail linked Wayne, Oakland and Monroe counties along a 40-mile paved route that ran parallel to Interstate 275.

    The trail was ahead of its time, but construction standards were not up to the standards of today's pedestrian and bike trails, and the path fell into disrepair. However, thanks to the efforts of MI DOT, along with volunteers, planners and recreation enthusiasts, the I-275 Metro Trail is now alive and well. The new and improved paved path runs between Novi in the north and New Boston in the south.

    Along Hines Drive in Plymouth Township, you can connect to the Rouge River Gateway Greenway, which stretches 20 miles through several western suburbs of Detroit. It is necessary to take that trail a short distance to circumvent a small gap in the I-275 Metro Trail.

    Just north of Michigan Avenue in Canton, you can also connect to the 4-mile Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail. Farther south, a link to the Wayne County Metroparks Trail allows trail users to visit the Lower Huron, Willow and Oakwoods Metroparks. Trail planners are also working on a connection to the M-5 Metro Trail to the north.

  • International Park Rotary Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 2.36 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The International Park Rotary Trail circles International Park along the east bank of the Maumee River in East Toledo. The trail runs between the Main Street bridge and Navarre Avenue, where it loops back to the park's north end. You can also see the Willis Boyer Museum Ship Freighter.

  • Kiwanis Trail (MI)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Kiwanis Trail occupies an old railroad bed between Adrian and the southern edge of Tecumseh. The trail is currently the only open component of a much longer proposed regional greenway trail. In the future, the River Raisin Greenway will roughly follow the River Raisin north from Adrian to Manchester.

    The Kiwanis Trail primarily runs through a secluded wooded corridor, but the surroundings become more urban as the trail enters the college town of Adrian. The segment of trail in the city is also known as the Riverview Trail, so don’t be surprised if you see the name on signs along this portion.

    North of Maple Street in Adrian, the Kiwanis Trail passes through Trestle Park, which features a historic amphitheater. The amphitheater is home to the Adrian City Band, the second-longest continuously running community band in the United States.

  • Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail closely follows the river for 4 miles through the town of Canton on the western outskirts of Detroit. The compacted crushed stone pathway includes eight wooden pedestrian bridges over the river that provide lovely views. Most of the trail is heavily wooded.

    On its eastern end, you can connect to the I-275 Metro Trail to continue your journey another 33 miles. On its western end, a sidewalk can take you north about a half-mile to Heritage Park, which offers restrooms, picnic areas, a library, museum, golf club, athletic fields and other recreational facilities.

  • North Coast Inland Trail - Huron County (Norwalk to Bellevue)

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 20.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The North Coast Inland Trail through Huron County is just one segment of a system of trails in the North Coast Inland chain. Other segments include Lorain County, Sandusky/Ottawa counties and the Wabash Connector.

    The trail passes among hardwood forests, crosses several rivers and offers wide views in some areas. The trail follows part of the former Toledo, Norwalk & Cleveland Railroad (later New York Central's Norwalk Branch), which is being converted to trails across northern Ohio. The Huron County segment is managed by Firelands Rails to Trails, an all-volunteer, non-profit group.

    The trail is continuous between Bellevue and the Norwalk city limits (9.5 miles) with the exception of a brief jaunt where the Peru Center Road grade crossing in Monroeville is used to cross the active rail line that this section of the trail closely parallels. East of Norwalk more than 4 miles of trail are open in the Collins area. In Collins, cyclists can continue their journey east on a 4-mile signed, on-road route along country roads to Wakeman.

    When complete, the Huron County section of the North Coast Inland Trail will join other segments under construction in Lorain and Sandusky counties. Connection to the Sandusky County segment is currently available via a marked road route through the City of Bellevue. For the latest trail updates, visit Firelands Rails to Trails.

  • North Coast Inland Trail - Sandusky/Ottawa County (Bellevue to Elmore)

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 26 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder

    NOTE: Although other segments of the North Coast Inland Trail may permit equestrians, this segment does not.

    This portion of North Coast Inland Trail, managed by the Sandusky County Park District, includes 23.25 miles of paved trail from Elmore to Bellevue, through the towns of Lindsey, Fremont and Clyde. This section of the developing 65-mile North Coast Inland Trail is divided into two segments: Elmore to Fremont and Fremont to Bellevue, which are connected via a marked road route along the city streets of Fremont, which if included brings the trail's total length to 28 miles. The corridor is open all year and is plowed during winter, making cross-country skiing prohibitive in this segment.

    The 12.75 miles from Park Avenue in Fremont through Clyde to the west edge of Bellevue serves up a slice of corporate America (Whirlpool and Heinz have factories here) with a heaping side of down-home Ohio countryside. Most of this section is a rail-with-trail, with an active rail line paralleling your path. Begin in Fremont at the corner of Park and Hayes Avenues, just more than 0.5 mile east of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and Library, or at Roger Young Park on Front Street, which connects to the main trail via a paved riverside path. A beautiful bicycle and pedestrian bridge carries you to the east bank of the Sandusky River. In the early spring when walleye run the river, you will see eager fishermen in the waters below. If Fremont triggers memories of hotdogs and french fries, blame it on the familiar fragrance wafting on the breeze from the Heinz Ketchup factory.

    Just 1.5 miles into the trip you reach the picnic shelters, ball fields and playground in Biggs-Kettner Memorial Park. The park is the main access point for the trail and the site of the Fremont Community Recreation Complex. Refill water bottles or take a shade break beneath the many mature trees.

    If you are starting here, you have the option of heading west to
  • North Coast Inland Trail Wabash Connector

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface:

    As of late 2012, only 1.9 miles of this planned 14-mile trail is complete. This segment will eventually link the North Coast Inland Trail and the Wabash Cannoball Trail.

    Currently, there is a bike lane between Millbury Road in Millbury, via Ayers Road, and Drouillard Road, where the on-road path intersects the exisiting trail. The Wabash Connector runs north—south along the west side of Drouillard Road, connecting Lake Township Park and downtown Walbridge.

  • Oakwoods Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Woodchips

    The Oakwoods Trail system runs through a 155-acre nature preserve bordering Interstate 75 southwest of downtown Findlay. The preserve features a small lake, woodlands and meadows. The trails form three main loops, and a small section occupies an abandoned rail bed. The park has fishing (handicap accessible), picnicking, wildlife viewing and a discovery center.

  • Riverbend Preserve Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 0.1 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The new Riverbend Preserve in southern Washtenaw County features 58 acres of wetlands on both sides of the Raisin River. The area is a common resting place for migratory birds on their trek across the country, and two trails (one with a river overlook) facilitate bird and wildlife watching.

    The trail extending from the Riverbend Preserve's parking area leads to the overlook and is handicapped-accessible. In the northern part of the preserve, a scenic, natural surface rail-trail runs on a former Michigan Southern Railroad corridor, constructed in the 1850s. The short, out-and back trail—known as the Yellow Trail or Rail Road Trail on park maps—extends north from Allen Road and is limited to hikers and cross-country skiers only.

    Farther south, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society runs excursion trains between Clinton and Tecumseh on a portion of the same historic railroad corridor.

  • Rouge River Gateway Greenway (Hines Park Trail)

    State: MI
    Length: 20.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    For most of its 20 miles, the Rouge River Gateway Greenway parallels Edward N. Hines Drive through several western suburbs of Detroit: Northville, Plymouth, Livonia, Westland, Garden City and Dearborn. It begins near the Dearborn campus of the University of Michigan and continues northwest along the Middle Rouge River through several parks. Along the way, it offers a diverse mix of views, including the river, woodlands, prairie, small lakes and urban settings.

    In Plymouth, the trail connects with the I-275 Metro Trail, a paved north-south trail stretching more than 30 miles.

    Note that there may be some flooding on the trail after a heavy rain.

  • Slippery Elm Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The mileage slips by on the Slippery Elm Rail-Trail as you take in the flat, fast and scenic northwest Ohio countryside. The 13-mile paved path runs south from Bowling Green through the small town of Rudolph and finishes in North Baltimore. Its half-marathon length is ideal for runners in training, and the smooth surface is a joy for cyclists and inline skaters. Between Rudolph and the southern endpoint, expansive agricultural landscapes offer the quiet charm visitors have come to expect from this area of the country.

    Start at the Sand Ridge Road Trailhead in Bowling Green and head south. After 1 mile the trail ducks under US Route 6. When you emerge on the other side the urban surroundings melt away and the countryside takes over.

    With a keen eye and light foot (or wheels), you may catch sight of red-tail hawks, white-tail deer, red squirrels or the many birds found here. Be sure to take note of the unique terrain: as far as the eye can see the land here—as in much of northern Ohio—is as flat as a pancake, thanks to the glaciers that moved south through Ohio, leveling everything in their path. This area used to be the Great Black Swamp, but by the mid-1800s the swamp was drained, leaving the rich, fertile farmland that now yields corn, soy beans and livestock.

    As you pass through the small village of Rudolph you will encounter arguably one of the best signs you will ever see on a rail-trail: "Welcome to Rudolph, the Deerest little village in Wood County." There are restrooms and a trailhead in the village. After Rudolph you are about halfway along the trail. The southern half is extremely rural and quiet, with serene country vistas all the way to North Baltimore. At the endpoint there is a very nice playground and small park, a nice place for a picnic. Here, if you like, you can turn around and head back to Bowling Green.

    If you do return to Bowling Green, be sure to take the time to explore this small college town. Bowling Gre
  • Towpath Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 9.1 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    For much of its 9-mile length, the Towpath Trail traces the scenic Maumee River, paralleling US 24 (at some distance), on the southwestern outskirts of Toledo. It traverses three parks as it follows the former Miami & Erie Canal (circa mid-1800s). Along the way, you will be treated to a peaceful, tree-lined route dotted with historical sites, such as an old mill in Grand Rapids at the southern end of the trail. The pathway has a crushed stone and dirt surface and can be rough in some places.

  • University/Parks Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 6.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The University/Parks Trail is a wide, paved trail that extends from Toledo into its western suburbs along a former railroad corridor. More than half the trail also parallels an active freight line.

    Despite its suburban setting, the trail runs primarily through a wooded corridor with the occasional meadow or wetlands along the way. In the east, the trail provides convenient access to the University of Toledo, while a spur trail north of Central Avenue leads to Wildwood Preserve Metropark in Sylvania. True to its name, the park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life.

  • Wabash Cannonball Trail (North and South Fork)

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 63 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    The Wabash Cannonball Trail in northwest Ohio is actually two trails in one: the north fork runs east–west for 46 miles and the south fork makes up the balance of this 63-mile trail. The trails converge in the eastern city of Maumee then jackknife away on their separate routes. Both trails begin at Jerome Road within sight of Fallen Timbers Shopping Center. Don't be confused by the sign labeled "Wabash Cannonball Trail North Fork"; just 0.25 mile west, the South Fork breaks off to the left while the North Fork continues straight.

    By following the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over State Route 24, you can visit the Fallen Timbers State Memorial (recognizing the 1794 battle that helped open the Northwest Territory) and Side Cut Metropark, an off-shoot of the Miami and Erie Canal.

    The first 9.5 miles of the North Fork are nicely paved. This section travels through Oak Openings Metropark. Several bridges cross small creeks, marshy wetlands and deeper ravines before the pavement ends and the smooth paved trail gives way to crushed stone, grass and dirt for the remainder of its length, with the exception of 2 paved miles in the town of Wauseon. Before you reach Wauseon, though, the trail follows an on-road section at County Road 11. For most users this is the unofficial end of the trail. To navigate around this closure, turn north on County Road 11 for 0.2 mile then west on County Road F for 2 miles before turning south on County Road 13 for another 0.2 mile. The trail appears again on the right.

    Back on the trail you come to the town of Wauseon. Rotary Park on the right-hand side of the trail offers parking, restrooms and plenty of shade.

    The South Fork is a beautiful trail about 17.5 miles long through western Lucas County. The first 10.5 miles are paved and a fun, flat and fast ride. The final 7 miles are similar to the unpaved section on the north fork. The crushed-stone section is best suited to walkers, equestrians and hybrid and fat
  • Wayne County Metroparks Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 16.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    You won’t find this trail’s name on the ground: the continuous stretch is actually made up of the scenic trails within Oakwoods Metropark, Willow Metropark and Lower Huron Metropark, as well as a connector between the latter two. The route directly links the three popular parks in the regional Huron-Clinton Metroparks system, allowing trail users to travel uninterrupted for a 30-mile round trip.

    The trail loosely follows the Huron River, at times offering views of the water and the wildlife that call it home. The quiet route is interrupted by reminders of the surrounding suburban environment infrequently, such as where it passes under loud Interstate 275. The trail conveniently connects to the I-275 Metro Trail on the west side of the highway, allowing those looking for a longer journey to trek north into Novi.

    All three of the parks are beautiful places to relax or play, but they each have amenities that make them unique. In the north, Lower Huron Metropark offers a golf course and aquatic center. Willow Metropark too features a golf course, but a skatepark and disc golf course are included as well. In the south, Oakwoods Metropark contains hiking trails through mature woodlands, a butterfly trail to view Monarchs and a nature center at the Wayne County Metroparks Trail’s southern endpoint.