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Length
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Betsie Valley Trail

22.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Big M Trail

18.6 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass, Sand

Boardman Lake Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

92.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

2.2 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone
Accordion

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

6.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Gravel

Leelanau Trail

16.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Little Traverse Wheelway

23.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

North Central State Trail

62 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Shingle Mill Pathway

12 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

21.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Gravel

Spring Brook Pathway

5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt

Traverse Area and Recreation Trail (TART)

13 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently downhill ...
MI 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Big M Trail in Manistee National Forest is a cross-country ski trail and a mountain bike trail. There are actually four segments, each with varying levels of difficulty, from easiest to most difficult. ...
MI 18.6 mi Dirt, Grass, Sand
The Boardman Lake Trail connects Traverse City neighborhoods, businesses, two parks and the district's library on a scenic route along the eastern shoreline of a large natural lake. One day, it's hoped ...
MI 2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park makes tracks from a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s ...
MI 92.6 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2 miles ...
MI 2.2 mi Crushed Stone
Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Down River Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State Park, ...
MI 6.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
...
MI 60 mi Ballast
Accordion
The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the ...
MI 16.6 mi Asphalt
icture-postcard-worthy views of Lake Michigan and its shoreline greet visitors to the Little Traverse Wheelway in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. The paved trail rolls for 24 miles from Charlevoix ...
MI 23.7 mi Asphalt
The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-¿established tourist towns at both ...
MI 62 mi Crushed Stone
The Shingle Mill Pathway is a series of trail loops for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. Horses and snowmobiles are not permitted on the Shingle Mill Pathway. All the loops begin at ...
MI 12 mi Dirt
When completed, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will wind for 27 miles through the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore—a national park on the shores of Lake Michigan in the northwest corner ...
MI 21.2 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The 5-mile Spring Brook Trail crosses flat to hilly terrain in Mackinaw State Forest. The trail accommodates hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. The trail meanders along a wooded creek and ...
MI 5 mi Ballast, Dirt
The 13-mile Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trail provides trail users with extended waterfront access in Traverse City, the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World, brushing by ...
MI 13 mi Asphalt, Concrete
...
MI 64 mi Ballast

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Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles

Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently downhill ...

Boardman Lake Trail

MI - 2 miles

The Boardman Lake Trail connects Traverse City neighborhoods, businesses, two parks and the district's library on a scenic route along the eastern shoreline of a large natural lake. One day, it's hoped ...

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

MI - 92.6 miles

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park makes tracks from a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s ...

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

MI - 6.5 miles

Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Down River Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State Park, ...

Accordion

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

MI - 6.5 miles

Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Down River Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State Park, ...

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the ...

Little Traverse Wheelway

MI - 23.7 miles

icture-postcard-worthy views of Lake Michigan and its shoreline greet visitors to the Little Traverse Wheelway in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. The paved trail rolls for 24 miles from Charlevoix ...

North Central State Trail

MI - 62 miles

The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-¿established tourist towns at both ...

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

MI - 21.2 miles

When completed, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will wind for 27 miles through the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore—a national park on the shores of Lake Michigan in the northwest corner ...

Traverse Area and Recreation Trail (TART)

MI - 13 miles

The 13-mile Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trail provides trail users with extended waterfront access in Traverse City, the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World, brushing by ...

Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles

Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently downhill ...

Boardman Lake Trail

MI - 2 miles

The Boardman Lake Trail connects Traverse City neighborhoods, businesses, two parks and the district's library on a scenic route along the eastern shoreline of a large natural lake. One day, it's hoped ...

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

MI - 92.6 miles

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park makes tracks from a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s ...

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

MI - 2.2 miles

The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2 miles ...

Accordion

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

MI - 2.2 miles

The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2 miles ...

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

MI - 6.5 miles

Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Down River Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State Park, ...

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the ...

Little Traverse Wheelway

MI - 23.7 miles

icture-postcard-worthy views of Lake Michigan and its shoreline greet visitors to the Little Traverse Wheelway in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. The paved trail rolls for 24 miles from Charlevoix ...

North Central State Trail

MI - 62 miles

The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-¿established tourist towns at both ...

Shingle Mill Pathway

MI - 12 miles

The Shingle Mill Pathway is a series of trail loops for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. Horses and snowmobiles are not permitted on the Shingle Mill Pathway. All the loops begin at ...

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

MI - 21.2 miles

When completed, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will wind for 27 miles through the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore—a national park on the shores of Lake Michigan in the northwest corner ...

Spring Brook Pathway

MI - 5 miles

The 5-mile Spring Brook Trail crosses flat to hilly terrain in Mackinaw State Forest. The trail accommodates hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. The trail meanders along a wooded creek and ...

Traverse Area and Recreation Trail (TART)

MI - 13 miles

The 13-mile Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trail provides trail users with extended waterfront access in Traverse City, the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World, brushing by ...

Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles

Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently downhill ...

Big M Trail

MI - 18.6 miles

The Big M Trail in Manistee National Forest is a cross-country ski trail and a mountain bike trail. There are actually four segments, each with varying levels of difficulty, from easiest to most difficult. ...

Boardman Lake Trail

MI - 2 miles

The Boardman Lake Trail connects Traverse City neighborhoods, businesses, two parks and the district's library on a scenic route along the eastern shoreline of a large natural lake. One day, it's hoped ...

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

MI - 92.6 miles

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park makes tracks from a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s ...

Accordion

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

MI - 2.2 miles

The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2 miles ...

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

MI - 6.5 miles

Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Down River Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State Park, ...

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the ...

Little Traverse Wheelway

MI - 23.7 miles

icture-postcard-worthy views of Lake Michigan and its shoreline greet visitors to the Little Traverse Wheelway in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. The paved trail rolls for 24 miles from Charlevoix ...

North Central State Trail

MI - 62 miles

The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-¿established tourist towns at both ...

Shingle Mill Pathway

MI - 12 miles

The Shingle Mill Pathway is a series of trail loops for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. Horses and snowmobiles are not permitted on the Shingle Mill Pathway. All the loops begin at ...

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

MI - 21.2 miles

When completed, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will wind for 27 miles through the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore—a national park on the shores of Lake Michigan in the northwest corner ...

Spring Brook Pathway

MI - 5 miles

The 5-mile Spring Brook Trail crosses flat to hilly terrain in Mackinaw State Forest. The trail accommodates hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. The trail meanders along a wooded creek and ...

Traverse Area and Recreation Trail (TART)

MI - 13 miles

The 13-mile Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trail provides trail users with extended waterfront access in Traverse City, the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World, brushing by ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Big bump at mile 17.8

April, 2017 by badh

Lovely trail. My wife and I bike it at least twice a week when we are home.
It would be very nice if someone could sand down/fix the awful 2" bump on the small wood bridge at mile 17.8 going north between Cedar Springs and Sand Lake.

North Central State Trail

Share the trail with some animal buddies

December, 2016 by spm138

Biked from Gaylord to Topinabee. The trail is very nice and secluded. Check the wind direction before you begin. We had a strong headwind for some of the ride. However, even with the wind there were areas where you tucked behind the trees. Trail is cinder and moves from farmland to forest. Deer, Skunks, Racoons, and Fox all shared the trail or crossed it during our ride. Sheep and goats grazed in fields along the way. Very enjoyable and crosses creeks and rivers with bridges that tempt you into a water stop. Just outside of Topinabee (Breakers) is a bar/restaurant (about 33 miles of biking). It is parallel to the trail on the left and hard to miss. Reward was a great beer, wonderful atmosphere, and the food (did not eat) looked great. Next year plan to do the trail from Mackinaw.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

new surface?

November, 2016 by stevej371

Biked this trail from Howard City south to Cedar Springs today. Workers were finishing up with new bridges on both sides of Howard City. I wonder if it's in the plans to asphalt this section??

Accordion

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Fun & Beautiful Trail!

October, 2016 by ptl6kds

My husband and I rode a portion of the White Pine trail from Grand Rapids to 3 miles past Rockford. It was a great ride. Love that it is paved and that you can stop along the way in various places to see things, have lunch and just enjoy the time outside. Would recommend it to those who like paved trails. We hope to go the entire length eventually.

Leelanau Trail

Area bus service will accomodate bicycles

October, 2016 by deckheck

If you aren't up to a 32 mile up-and-back ride, consider the Bay Area Transit Authority Bike-n-Ride service. You can load up your bike and take a 40 minute bus ride from downtown Traverse City to Suttons Bay with great views of Grand Traverse Bay along the way. I've done it twice now and it is a slick way to enjoy this beautiful trail if time and/or stamina are limited. Check out their website at http://www.bata.net/maps-schedules/bike-n-ride-schedules.html. Caution - there are fewer departures on weekends when compared to weekdays so make sure you check the appropriate schedule.

Leelanau Trail

Delightful trail!

September, 2016 by nancidrum

We biked this on Labor Day weekend (Sunday)2016. The weather was perfect and so was the trail. Even on a beautiful holiday weekend the trail was not crowded. There is much variety on this trail as you pass by a pond, view Lake Michigan in parts, farm land and apple orchards. It has many portajohns along the way and even an area to pump some fresh drinking water. It's very flat and is great for families as well as serious riders. There are a few crossings, but most have little to no traffic. There are a few crossings with blind crossings, so use caution there. We started at the trailhead near downtown Traverse City and rode to the cute little town at the end of the trail where we had a great lunch and then biked back. A perfect day!

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

So Much Fun!

September, 2016 by lisajarr14

Let me preface this by stating that our 19-mile ride included NONE of the hills. We started at the Dune Climb parking lot, on the 100th birthday of the nat'l park system which was cool, and rode north toward Glen Haven. The small town is really cute and very biker friendly. The trail is very well marked until you get past the town then you must look for the right hand turn onto Pine Haven Dr. You'll bike along the road for a short distance but it was very safe and not heavily traveled at all. One of the highlights was the Crystal River kayak launch. Stop and check out the clear water. Looks like fun! The entire path we rode was very smooth and plenty wide for riders. We stopped and turned around when we came to the gravel section because of our tires. So here's my commercial, if you aren't a member of RTC, please join today so that some of these awesome trails can come to fruition. Loved the Sleeping Bear Dunes area so much!

North Central State Trail

Beautiful Trail! Gaylord out 13 and Back.

September, 2016 by sweetcat

We got a late start and found the trial head in Gaylord at the soccer fields. We biked about 13 miles out and returned getting back before sunset. The trail is a gentle downgrade from Gaylord. When you head back be prepared for it to be a slight uphill the entire way. This is a beautiful trail. We rode several miles beyond Vanderbilt and then turned around. Had we gotten an earlier start we would have gone further. It is one of those trails where you must force yourself to turn around and head back. Even my companion who rarely bikes and was getting tired and dreading the ride back experienced some moments of wishful thinking that he could handle a longer ride just so we could go a bit further down the trail! It really is that beautiful. You feel as if you are out in the middle of the woods even though you are often quite close to the highway. The trail is well cared for and even though we went between rain storms the trail was fairly firm under our wheels. Since we left fairly late we only saw three other people on the trail but many more were returning to the trailhead as we were unloading the car to start. We plan on returning Michigan and biking the rest of the trail!

Leelanau Trail

Amazing

August, 2016 by cmeisinger

I was in town for only 2 days to bike and brewery hop before heading to Grand Rapids. I had no idea what to expect since this was my first time to Traverse City, I was very impressed with the trail system. We jumped on off the TART in Traverse City and rode it up to Suttons Bay. It's probably one of the most beautiful and well maintained rail trails I have ever been on! Beautiful views and smooth riding the whole way! There is a great brewery around the corner from the trail head called Hop Lot in Suttons where we grabbed some refreshments before turning around to head back to Traverse City. I couldn't have asked for a better experience! I am already planning a return trip!

Traverse Area and Recreation Trail (TART)

Very nice!

August, 2016 by cmeisinger

I was in traverse City for a quick couple days for the first time last week we went up there to bike and brewery hop before meeting a larger group in Grand Rapids. I have to say I was very impressed with the trail system and how well maintained it is. Once I got used to the signage I found it very easy to navigate and my GPS was able to follow it which was helpful as well.

Little Traverse Wheelway

Magnificent Sunset over Little Traverse Bay

August, 2016 by twotandemfamily

The sunset over the water was spectacular on our evening ride/picnic. It must often be so, as we observed several people with nice cameras, some prepared with tripods.

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Fantastic but not all asphalt

August, 2016 by rogerrodby@mac.com

One of the trails we have found yet. It clearly has it hill challenges but doable, and a nice route. My only complaint is that about 2/3 the way from Empire to the end it became a gravel (not asphalt) and we had no idea how long the gravel lasted before it went back to (if it did) asphalt. Out bikes are not gravel friendly so we turned around. Other than that it was a great trail, never boring, always beautiful.

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