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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

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
MI 6.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national...
MI 60 mi Ballast
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
The Wellston Area Tourist Association maintains about 64 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling in the Manistee–Huron National Forest. For more information and maps, contact the Tourist...
MI 64 mi Ballast

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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...

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...

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...

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Accordion

Wellston Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 64 miles

The Wellston Area Tourist Association maintains about 64 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling in the Manistee–Huron National Forest. For more information and maps, contact the Tourist...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Irons Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 60 miles

The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national...

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...

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...

Wellston Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 64 miles

The Wellston Area Tourist Association maintains about 64 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling in the Manistee–Huron National Forest. For more information and maps, contact the Tourist...

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Irons Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 60 miles

The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Recent Trail Reviews

Little Traverse Wheelway

wonderful

September, 2017 by parranoyd

easy fun and beautiful.

North Central State Trail

137 miles: A labor of love

September, 2017 by jeremysart

Now that I have done this trail two years in a row, both coincidentally on labor day weekend, I feel like I can write a real review.

110 miles on this trail in 8 hours in 2016, and 137 miles in 10 hours 2017.
I know the average trail user will likely be riding under 50 miles, this review is aimed more for crazy endurance riders.
If you are looking for an intense challenge of both mental and physical toughness, while taking in the beauty of Northern Michigan, then this network of NWST, NCST and NEST trails are a MUST ride.

As others have stated, this is NOT hard packed, the gravel is loose, so there is very little coasting. You will want to stand and pedal once in a while to get some nice momentum, and help save your butt in the long haul.

There are LONG, long, very, very mind-numbing straight stretches of trail where there is absolutely nothing but dense forest on either side of you. These are the times when you need your mental toughness, especially on the way back if you're doing a round trip...

You'll appreciate passing through Wolverine by the Sturgeon River - my favorite segment is along Mullet Lake in Tapinabee - once you reach the restroom in Cheboygan, you can choose to hop on the NEST trail 71 miles to Alpina, or continue roughly 20 miles to downtown Mackinac.

I started my trip in the Gaylord area, rode to Mackinac City, took the NWST trail 20 miles West a little past Pelliston, roughly 10 miles from Harbors Springs, before turning back and heading back towards Gaylord.

The last 30 miles of this ride were torture.. it seems no matter how great a saddle and bib, at a distance like this on gravel, on a mtb, will have you feeling like your saddle is made of shards of glass and red ants.

Best of luck to you, and be sure to allow yourself to stop at least a few times to take pictures of the scenery!

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Trail with a Split Personality

August, 2017 by pcturner0277

We bikepacked the trail in August 2017 with our dog Yoo-Hoo in the trailer. The trail is awesome on the paved sections and challenging on the unpaved portions. We started in Comstock Park and rode north to the Mecosta County Park in Paris. A wonderful little park! There is a great little pizza shop on the trail there. If you plan ahead you can reserve one of the little cabins in the park and forego a tent. That day we had to grind out a 29 mile stretch of gravel, sand, single track, grass and other rough conditions. There are amish buggies using the trail so watch out for them.
It starts at MM21 in Sand Lake and pavement picks up on the south side of Grand Rapids. We took almost 4 hours to do that stretch with our loaded bikes, a dog trailer and stopping for lunch. The next day we rode from Paris to Cadillac and back to our campsite. There is 10 miles of gravel from the north side of Reed City (MM64) to 3 miles south of Leroy (MM74). From Leroy to Cadillac it is beautifully paved with some very pleasant scenery which you can actually enjoy since you arent focused on the trail. If the museum in Tustin is open its worth a stop. its an old potato warehouse and the folks there were so friendly. There is an unbelievable amount of stuff in the museum. We stopped for lunch in downtown Cadillac that had sidewalk seating since we had Yoo-Hoo. We heard from some other riders that the Depot restaurant was also very nice . The third day it was back to our truck in Grand Rapids.

We had mixed feelings. We drove 5 hours to ride this trail not paying close enough attention to the description and thinking unpaved as in crushed stone. We like to ride long trails to make it worth the drive and the 93 miles was part of the attraction. We are glad we rode it but probably wont do it again unless its better surfaced. Im not sure I would recommend it to friends to drive that far. We were hoping since its a State Park it would have been a little better shape. So the beginning, middle and end of the trail is very nice but the two unpaved sections are tedious, tiring and just not a lot of fun.

Accordion

Leelanau Trail

Great Access to Wine Country!

August, 2017 by calvindugan

My wife and I, towing our furry four legged companion, rode the trail this weekend. We stayed at TC State Park Campground and used the adjoining TART trail to access this one. On the northern end, we diverted from the trail to explore some of the beautiful wineries nearby. We had wonderful service for ourselves as well as our dog at Black Star Farms, Mawby, Big Little, Ciccone, and Willow. All are within a few (very hilly!) miles of the path, and we felt safe on the roads. Admittedly, some of the off-trail hills required us to hike-a-bike, but we anticipated this and enjoyed the chance to take in the beautiful views. We had hoped to stop at Shady Lane as well but time didn't allow. The trail was flat, exquisitely maintained, and perfectly scenic throughout. We're already planning our next up north trip to continue to explore this beautiful peninsula by bike!

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Needs improvement 4/5 stars...

August, 2017 by gracemarie2009

I have enjoyed the bike ride from Big Rapids to Reed City and over to Evert for 10 years . South of BR however has loose gravel, rounded stone that does not pack well and makes peddling a tour bike impossible and a mountain bike very unplesant. The old flat RR bedding ( ballast I think) provided a firm base.
The Rockford to Comstock Park is really nice. Fun way to go to White Caps games !
We are missing huge commercial potential by not paving the entire trail and leaving it just short of 100 miles. Events like Century BIKE rides offer real challenges, 1/2 Century rides, etc.

Little Traverse Wheelway

awesome

August, 2017 by becky.tom

Very scenic, beautiful homes. No hills make for a relaxing ride.

North Central State Trail

cheboygan to gaylord

August, 2017 by mike157

Rode this 49 mile section in August 2017. Beautiful trail with nice secluded parts. Indian River to Gaylord is pretty steady but gentle climb. Trail is good for my hybrid Trek. Section from Indian River to Vanderbilt was especially pretty.

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

BABB (Meg from Shenanigan's)

August, 2017 by megrourke

Started the ride at Hartwick Pines state park (love this park) with my friend, Kathie from Traverse City. We've snowshoed and hiked at Hartwick before, this was our first time biking here. Found the "turnpike" trail very scenic and enjoyable. The hills gave it a "roller coaster" feel. Noticed that a new trail I-75 crossing is under construction which would make this ride very cool! Kudos to the trail managers for their foresight. Hope to ride this trail again when the crossing is finished.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

go slow at the bridge

August, 2017 by stevej371

As Badh mentioned below..the 2X4 that was used to repair the small bridge just north of Cedar Springs, is a killer. Heading north, the leading edge of the bridge is the flat edge of said board. Anything over 10 mph, figure on damage to your bike rim.
And then, a few miles further, it's 2 track with Amish horse and buggy trail.

Little Traverse Wheelway

Great Getaway

July, 2017 by emmis

Proud to be a Fudgie with family ties to the Mitt - camped at Petoskey State Park this weekend and rode the trail back and forth to Charlevoix for Venetian Festival. Northern Michigan is tops for road and trail riding and the scenery on Little Traverse Bay is as captivating as any. Petoskey and Charlevoix are two fun cities for year-round adventure.

Betsie Valley Trail

Gorgeous

June, 2017 by jhejr83

An absolutely wonderful trail. Well kept and clean. Great for all ages.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Rockford to Cadillac

June, 2017 by tgolsteyn

We rode from Rockford to Cadillac this past weekend. Beautiful weather and it's great on the paved portions but the unpaved is brutal. Would never do it again without the whole trail being paved.

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