Alma, MI Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System

17.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Bay-Zil Rail Trail

7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Big Rapids Riverwalk

3.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Cannon Township Trail

4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Chippewa Trail

4.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail

41.4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Fred Meijer Flat River Trail

6.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail

21.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt

Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail

15.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

41.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

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

Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail

3.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

George Atkin Jr. Recreational Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Concrete

Grand Curve Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Granger Meadows Park Trail

1.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Hampton Township Nature Trail

2.4 mi
State: MI
Gravel

Harger Line Rail-Trail

10.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Lansing River Trail

25.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Northern Tier Trail

6.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
Accordion

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

30 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pere Marquette State Trail

53 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Portland Riverwalk

9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Saginaw Township Pathway

3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

11 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Sycamore Trail

2.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Thomas Township Trail

2.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Tittabawassee Township Path

5.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Trolley Line Trail (MI)

2.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Zilwaukee Pathway

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System connects a nature trail in a wildlife refuge on the shores of Lake Huron to a loop trail around the bustling port of Bay City. From the same 17-mile paved...
MI 17.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
Eastern Michigan's 7-mile Bay-Zil Rail Trail is lined with trees and traverses picturesque farmland. The paved rail-trail follows the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway, which hauled both timber and...
MI 7 mi Asphalt
The Big Rapids Riverwalk travels alongside the scenic Muskegon River and connects downtown Big Rapids with several recreational amenities, including Hemlock Park, Northend Riverside Park, and Swede...
MI 3.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
In just 4 miles, visitors to the Cannon Township Trail are able to experience a variety of landscapes. The greenway begins in the Cannon Township Center, and travels through pine forests, grassy...
MI 4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Chippewa Trail offers a paved 4-mile route from Midland to the Chippewa Nature Center, part of a beautiful 1,200-acre preserve, where you'll find a wildlife viewing area, river overlook and...
MI 4.1 mi Asphalt
The Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee (CIS) Rail Trail stretches 41 miles between the mid-Michigan towns of Ionia and Owosso, offering a mix of pastoral and wooded landscapes. It crosses three...
MI 41.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Fred Meijer Flat River Trail connects 2 mountain bike trails and 5 city parks in Greenville. The trail follows the winding Flat River, offering scenic views and incorporating forest and wetlands....
MI 6.5 mi Asphalt
The largely unimproved Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail links the cities of Lowell, Belding and Greenville in Kent, Ionia and Montcalm counties, respectively. While plans call for the eventual...
MI 21.7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt
The Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail is one component of a network of trails in mid-west Michigan that, when complete, will stretch 125 miles from Alma to Owosso. The trails are named after...
MI 15.5 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
The paved Fred Meijer Heartland Trail rolls for 42 miles through farmland and forests in central Michigan as it links a half-dozen rural towns with recreational opportunities. Its route follows the...
MI 41.8 mi Asphalt
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park connects 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 Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail, also known as the Ionia River Trail, travels for just over 3 miles along the edge of Grand River. The paved pathway begins at Quarry Road and travels to the Ionia...
MI 3.2 mi Asphalt
The George Atkin Jr. Recreational Trail winds along scenic Pine Run Creek in the City of Clio. From a hub downtown at Clio Park, the paved trail branches out through the city, providing access to a...
MI 4.2 mi Concrete
Beginning near downtown Midland, the Grand Curve Trail travels east for over 4 miles. The trail starts at the rotunda that hosts the Midland Area Farmers Market, near the Tridge, a three-way bridge...
MI 4.2 mi Asphalt
The Granger Meadows Park Trail forms a loop around the 76-acre park in DeWitt Township, just north of Lansing. The park was built and donated by Granger III and Associates, a local trash and recycling...
MI 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Hampton Township Nature Trail is a 2-mile gravel trail that begins at Finn Road Park winding through marshy areas, woods, skirts farm fields, and ending at a boat launch on Jones Road. Along the...
MI 2.4 mi Gravel
The Harger Line Rail-Trail runs for an arrow-straight 10 miles through farmland in rural Saginaw County. The trail opened in 2008, two years after the underlying Harger Line Railway corridor was...
MI 10.1 mi Asphalt
The shared use trail snakes across the township hitting its most important landmarks in the process, including Saginaw Valley State University in the north, Krossroads Park in the east, and Kochville...
MI 7 mi Asphalt
The Lansing River Trail traces the course of three waterways for more than 25 miles across Michigan’s capital city. Visiting all four main points of the compass in Lansing, the trail provides a route...
MI 25.3 mi Asphalt
The Northern Tier Trail winds through East Lansing on the outskirts of Michigan's capital, offering miles of paved pathway through tree-lined areas and wetlands. The 10-foot-wide trail connects...
MI 6.6 mi Asphalt
Accordion
Many factors contribute to the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail’s popularity. It runs for 30 miles on smooth asphalt that is well maintained and, at 14 feet, wide enough to ride or walk side-by-side. At...
MI 30 mi Asphalt
The Pere Marquette State Trail, managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, begins in Clare and courses for 53 miles west through beautiful woodlands and fields to Baldwin. If you want to...
MI 53 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Portland Riverwalk ushers visitors around the charming town of Portland on 9 miles of paved trail. Also known as the Rivertrail Linear Park, the trail connects a handful of parks, scenic views...
MI 9 mi Asphalt
This trail continues right where the Kochville Township Multi-use Pathway, on Tittawabasee Road. (In fact, the two trails are sometimes referred to as the Kochville-Saginaw Pathway). It occupies the...
MI 3 mi Asphalt
The Saginaw Valley Rail Trail offers a year-round rural retreat from the urban confines of Saginaw. Rolling through a continuous woodsy border past farms, fields, and game areas for 11 miles, the...
MI 11 mi Asphalt
The Sycamore Trail, which opened in October 2014, provides an important connection between two other trails in Delhi Charter Township, on the south end of Lansing. At the trail’s northern end, it...
MI 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Thomas Township Trail provides a paved, north-south route of just over 2 miles through this Michigan community. It begins at a connection with the popular Saginaw Valley Rail Trail, which heads...
MI 2.3 mi Asphalt
Freeland Pathway is a 2.5 mile trail in Tittawabassee Township in Freeland, Michigan. The trail is a smooth ribbon of asphalt paralleling Midland Road (SR 47), and features some inclines, although it...
MI 5.2 mi Asphalt
The Trolley Line Trail, which opened in 2009, runs north from the City of Clio to the Saginaw County line at Willard Road in Vienna Township. It is so-named because it occupies a corridor that once...
MI 2.8 mi Asphalt
The Zilwaukee Pathway offers a paved route through the eastern Michigan city of Zilwaukee. It begins on the western shore of the Saginaw River at Zilwaukee Riverfront Park, where you'll find parking,...
MI 2 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Chippewa Trail

Scenery is beautiful.

July, 2021 by jaabnet

Scenery is beautiful.

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

Needs some updates but still a beautiful ride

July, 2021 by schulzda74

The perfect distance for an enjoyable day ride with several areas to stop. Several miles have become rough pavement simply due to age. The dam destruction in Sanford didn’t help either.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Reed City to Leroy

July, 2021 by stevej371

Biked this section of the WP trail a couple days ago.
The section (.4 mile) of unpaved trail near Ashton, was being surveyed.
One of them said the culvert under the trail is due to be improved and the rest of the trail paved...in the near future.
Already some heavy equipment parked nearby.

Accordion

Bay-Zil Rail Trail

Nice Views; Needs Maintenance

July, 2021 by jeffg8301

There is much that I like about this trail such as the beautiful views of wildlife along the river and wetlands, however it is in need of maintenance. As of July 2021 the trail still needs to be extended as it goes to “nowhere”; just dead ends to a narrow dirt path. There has been talk about extended the trail past this point but it has not happened yet. About 1/2 mile before the dead end the surface becomes very bumpy from roots and other plant life pushing up through the asphalt. There are many potholes that have been there for quite awhile. Many of them have been marked with bright paint as a warning but the paint is so faded that you don’t see them until it’s too late. If these things were taken care of this trail would be one of my favorite local rides.

Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail

Parking needed

July, 2021 by brian.geers1

The trail has so much potential. The surface between Saranac and Ionia is much better than Lowell to Saranac. Parking is really needed at the Lowell trailhead. I hope there are plans to keep improving the trail surface and parking. Thanks to all who have and are playing a part in making the trail a great Pure Michigan recreation opportunity.

Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail

awesome trail

July, 2021 by saturnrings43

Nice nature experience

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

Scenic Ride but very bumpy asphalt

June, 2021 by ejschreur62

I rode from Greenville to Edmore. Averaging 15mph on a road bike. The asphalt was too bumpy for me. There was a stretch nearing Edmore that was nice, but the majority had cracks every 25 ft making the ride teeth rattling and head/neck jarring.
Other than that, it was very scenic. I saw a deer, a mother possum with 3 babies following along, many chipmunks and birds. Hopefully they'll be able to resurface it soon.

Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail

Fun ride -good work out

June, 2021 by kreadman1

My husband and I rode this June 23,2021. Started in Owosso-no trailhead here, had to park behind Budget Tire ! Rode almost to St Johns, trail is nicely packed limestone and is in good shape. I rode a road bike and did just fine! Very flat and shady in spots ! Enjoyed it !! 28 miles

Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System

mixed review

June, 2021 by jglinter

Rode from Bay City State Park, very pretty and well paved. Not so great into the city area—rough pavement, trail goes on sidewalks through neighborhoods and into industrial areas, poorly marked; existing arrows on pavement need repainting. Nice again along Saginaw River. Very glad for Trail Link when I lost my way.

Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail

Great trail option for staying off roads!

May, 2021 by abandonedbrain

Previous reviewer had it pretty accurate for the Lowell to Belding stretch. Paved in the cities, leads to hard-pack (like crushed gravel/old asphalt but highly compressed) with some dirt mixed in. Mtb bikes, hybrids and gravel bikes will not have any problems here; I rode an average 15MPH from 4 Mile (Lowell side) up to north of Belding and back on a gravel bike, very few soft spots and they were marked for repair. And I'm a larger guy, but no worries about tires. Land around the trails was beautiful!

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

Varied scenery on a well-maintained trail

May, 2021 by tomkephart17

Started at the trailhead in St. Charles, plenty of parking, single unisex pit toilet, water fountain, and bike repair station. The path heads north and immediately crosses the Bad River on a former train trestle, then proceeds for about 9.5 miles through alternating areas of trees and farmlands. There are a few gazebos with picnic tables along the trail if you want to stop, and restrooms are also available at about the mid-point trailhead at Van Wormer and Swan Creek Roads.

At Stroebel Road there's another trailhead, and from here the trail heads southeast as a suburban bike path. Per the TrailLink map, it ends at Center Road, but if you want a bit more mileage you can continue north along the west side of Center for about another mile to the intersection with Michigan, where the roadside trail ends. If you choose to take that last section, you'll also cross the Tittabawassee River.

The trail is very well-maintained asphalt all the way, with very few bumps or irregularities. The grade is very gentle the whole way, no significant hills or rises; a smooth, nice ride! As with most longer trails, the Saginaw Valley Rail-Trail is busier at each end, and I had the center section pretty much to myself on a Friday afternoon.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

excellent!

May, 2021 by junkforwayne

I rode the entirety of the trail today - which at 93 miles was a plenty. The scenery is beautiful, plenty of black squirrels (don’t have those in my neck of the woods), rabbits, and best of all - peace and quiet. Plenty of amenities along the way and you end at the lake - which is beautiful!

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