Bay City, MI Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System

17.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Black Creek Nature Trail

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Chippewa Trail

4.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

41.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

George Atkin Jr. Recreational Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Concrete

Harger Line Rail-Trail

10.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Linear Park Pathway

2.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

30 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Polly Ann Trail

34.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

11 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Southern Links Trailway

10.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Woodchips

Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bike Path

13.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Trolley Line Trail (MI)

2.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Vassar Rail Trail

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
The Black Creek Nature Trail begins at the Davison Township Municipal Center and winds its way to the trail system in the City of Davison’s Jack Abernathy Regional Park. Travelers on the trail will...
MI 1.6 mi Asphalt
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 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 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
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
Lapeer’s Linear Park Pathway courses through the city, connecting several parks with residences and businesses. A portion of the trail runs on a former railroad corridor; the same one now home to the...
MI 2.3 mi Asphalt
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 Polly Ann Trail is a 34-mile long, non-motorized trail extending north from suburban Detroit on a former Pontiac, Oxford & Northern Railroad corridor. The trail is managed separately by groups in...
MI 34.2 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
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 Southern Links Trailway is a 10-mile rail-trail that connects the communities of Columbiaville, Otter Lake and Millington in central Michigan. While the trail is paved with smooth asphalt, an...
MI 10.2 mi Asphalt, Woodchips
The Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bike Path follows both US 23 and the shore of Tawas Bay in northern Michigan. The scenic route, which offers stunning water views at several points along the way, connects...
MI 13.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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 Vassar Rail Trail weaves through the small community of Vassar, Michigan. The trail segment built on a former railroad corridor is located on the western bank of the Cass River and is perhaps the...
MI 2 mi Asphalt

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Trails by activity

Southern Links Trailway

MI - 10.2 miles

The Southern Links Trailway is a 10-mile rail-trail that connects the communities of Columbiaville, Otter Lake and Millington in central Michigan. While the trail is paved with smooth asphalt, an...

Chippewa Trail

MI - 4.1 miles

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...

Vassar Rail Trail

MI - 2 miles

The Vassar Rail Trail weaves through the small community of Vassar, Michigan. The trail segment built on a former railroad corridor is located on the western bank of the Cass River and is perhaps the...

Trolley Line Trail (MI)

MI - 2.8 miles

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...

Accordion

Polly Ann Trail

MI - 34.2 miles

The Polly Ann Trail is a 34-mile long, non-motorized trail extending north from suburban Detroit on a former Pontiac, Oxford & Northern Railroad corridor. The trail is managed separately by groups in...

Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System

MI - 17.8 miles

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...

George Atkin Jr. Recreational Trail

MI - 4.2 miles

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...

Black Creek Nature Trail

MI - 1.6 miles

The Black Creek Nature Trail begins at the Davison Township Municipal Center and winds its way to the trail system in the City of Davison’s Jack Abernathy Regional Park. Travelers on the trail will...

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

MI - 41.8 miles

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...

Linear Park Pathway

MI - 2.3 miles

Lapeer’s Linear Park Pathway courses through the city, connecting several parks with residences and businesses. A portion of the trail runs on a former railroad corridor; the same one now home to the...

Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bike Path

MI - 13.9 miles

The Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bike Path follows both US 23 and the shore of Tawas Bay in northern Michigan. The scenic route, which offers stunning water views at several points along the way, connects...

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

MI - 30 miles

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...

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

MI - 11 miles

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...

Harger Line Rail-Trail

MI - 10.1 miles

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...

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

MI - 41.8 miles

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...

George Atkin Jr. Recreational Trail

MI - 4.2 miles

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...

Linear Park Pathway

MI - 2.3 miles

Lapeer’s Linear Park Pathway courses through the city, connecting several parks with residences and businesses. A portion of the trail runs on a former railroad corridor; the same one now home to the...

Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System

MI - 17.8 miles

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...

Accordion

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

MI - 11 miles

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...

Harger Line Rail-Trail

MI - 10.1 miles

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...

Black Creek Nature Trail

MI - 1.6 miles

The Black Creek Nature Trail begins at the Davison Township Municipal Center and winds its way to the trail system in the City of Davison’s Jack Abernathy Regional Park. Travelers on the trail will...

Chippewa Trail

MI - 4.1 miles

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...

Vassar Rail Trail

MI - 2 miles

The Vassar Rail Trail weaves through the small community of Vassar, Michigan. The trail segment built on a former railroad corridor is located on the western bank of the Cass River and is perhaps the...

Polly Ann Trail

MI - 34.2 miles

The Polly Ann Trail is a 34-mile long, non-motorized trail extending north from suburban Detroit on a former Pontiac, Oxford & Northern Railroad corridor. The trail is managed separately by groups in...

Trolley Line Trail (MI)

MI - 2.8 miles

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...

Southern Links Trailway

MI - 10.2 miles

The Southern Links Trailway is a 10-mile rail-trail that connects the communities of Columbiaville, Otter Lake and Millington in central Michigan. While the trail is paved with smooth asphalt, an...

Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bike Path

MI - 13.9 miles

The Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bike Path follows both US 23 and the shore of Tawas Bay in northern Michigan. The scenic route, which offers stunning water views at several points along the way, connects...

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

MI - 30 miles

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...

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

MI - 41.8 miles

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...

Polly Ann Trail

MI - 34.2 miles

The Polly Ann Trail is a 34-mile long, non-motorized trail extending north from suburban Detroit on a former Pontiac, Oxford & Northern Railroad corridor. The trail is managed separately by groups in...

Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System

MI - 17.8 miles

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...

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

MI - 11 miles

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...

Accordion

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

MI - 30 miles

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...

Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bike Path

MI - 13.9 miles

The Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bike Path follows both US 23 and the shore of Tawas Bay in northern Michigan. The scenic route, which offers stunning water views at several points along the way, connects...

Black Creek Nature Trail

MI - 1.6 miles

The Black Creek Nature Trail begins at the Davison Township Municipal Center and winds its way to the trail system in the City of Davison’s Jack Abernathy Regional Park. Travelers on the trail will...

Chippewa Trail

MI - 4.1 miles

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...

Southern Links Trailway

MI - 10.2 miles

The Southern Links Trailway is a 10-mile rail-trail that connects the communities of Columbiaville, Otter Lake and Millington in central Michigan. While the trail is paved with smooth asphalt, an...

Vassar Rail Trail

MI - 2 miles

The Vassar Rail Trail weaves through the small community of Vassar, Michigan. The trail segment built on a former railroad corridor is located on the western bank of the Cass River and is perhaps the...

Harger Line Rail-Trail

MI - 10.1 miles

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...

Linear Park Pathway

MI - 2.3 miles

Lapeer’s Linear Park Pathway courses through the city, connecting several parks with residences and businesses. A portion of the trail runs on a former railroad corridor; the same one now home to the...

George Atkin Jr. Recreational Trail

MI - 4.2 miles

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...

Trolley Line Trail (MI)

MI - 2.8 miles

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...

Recent Trail Reviews

Southern Links Trailway

fantastic trail

April, 2020 by pbazely

Started in Columbiaville, ride to Millington, turned around and rode back to Columbiaville. Honestly, if it hadn’t been one of my first rides this early season, I would have gladly rode back. This trail is a hidden jewel of a ride. Blacktop the entire way, in fantastic shape with well maintained wooden bridges and great spots to stop in Otter Lake and Millington. Saw turtles, snakes, kids on bikes and roller blades, walkers, dogs, etc. if you’re looking for a well maintained nice trail, check it out.

Applewood Trail

Nice

March, 2020 by wonderwomanajams

A nice trail used by walkers, runners, students, locals, as well as cyclists. It connects to the ever expanding Flint area trail system and is a nice way to tour the Flint area by trail.

M-21 Non-Motorized Path

An option to use if needed

March, 2020 by wonderwomanajams

As a local, I no longer use this trail due to the expansion of the Flint area trail system. However, this trail is useful if one needs to connect to specific neighborhoods and businesses in the area. Can use the Genesee Valley Trail (no cars) to connect

Accordion

Kettering Gateway Trail

Great thruway trail

March, 2020 by wonderwomanajams

Nice trail through the campus of Kettering Unversity

Genesee Valley Trail

Great Trail

March, 2020 by wonderwomanajams

A great trail that connects with several other trails in the Flint Area. Love how there are various sections of different scenery that allows for variety. Close to various shops, stores, restaurants, and the mall, in case one needs to buy a forgotten item. Used by walkers, runners and locals throughout the year.

Chevy Commons Trail

great smooth trail

March, 2020 by wonderwomanajams

Nice trail that connects to several other trails within the city. Nice view of Kettering University campus, the Flint River, and State Historical Site of where the General Motors Sit-Down Strike occurred. Runners, walkers, skate boarders and people just enjoying the green space share his trail with cyclists.

Flint River Trail (MI)

Interesting ride

February, 2020 by bret1lurvey

It's a fairly good trail, its good to know that the trail runs on both sides of the Flint River and also goes through some rough areas of the city. It is one of the more interesting trails I've rode, depending on where you go there's a lot to see, such as Stepping Stones Falls, Bluebell Beach, The Abandoned Flint Water Plant (Don't try to enter) and a lot of other cool things. It's also good to know this trail connects to other trails when it ends so you should know when you want to stop. The trails worst part is between the University of Michigan Flint and Dort Hwy, This area runs through a rough neighborhood and the trail needs repairs but it is a short ride. If you're riding north and reach Dort Hwy make sure to take the trail behind the water plant, if you take the trail of E Boulevard Dr it will take you behind an abandoned school and then end. I've probably rode this trail a hundred times by now, I've never had an encounter with someone who wanted to rob me, but it does happen occasionally, so stay cautious and try to bring somebody with you. Other than it's a good ride with some city sights, some beautiful nature, and some history.

Black Creek Nature Trail

Nice trail

October, 2019 by DeboraRae

This is a very pretty trail. A short, paved trail that follows the creek. Many benches along the way and there are restrooms at the dog park.

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

awesome trail!!!

October, 2019 by troy.d.young

Road the entire trail and back on Sunday. It was awesome and well worth the 2 hour drive to get there. We will be back!

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

October 19

October, 2019 by andrew.driska

Road bike (15mph) from Jackson Landing to Stanton. Trail in good condition with some cracks at regular intervals. Leaves covering some of those cracks made it interesting at times. Peaceful setting.

Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail

103 Mile cyclocross.

October, 2019 by mvanvleck

I biked the entirety of the improved portion of this trail yesterday 10/9/19.
I started in Ovid, where there was parking by the trail but no public restrooms and headed west. As anticipated, the trail was improved and very nice until Smith Road just west of Owasso (about 7.5 miles). Past Smith Road, the trail was overgrown with grass 2-3 ft tall and trees growing across--impassable without a machete. I turned around there and rode all the way through Saranac, where the trail ended at mile marker 133. Past there, the trail had original railroad ballast with large stones, not passable even with a mountain bike. I then turned back and returned to my car in Ovid. The most beautiful part of the trail was West of Pewamo, as it was along the Grand River valley. East of Pewamo to Owasso, it is primarily farm land sheltered by a line of trees in most places. There is parking and restrooms along the trail in St. Johns, Fowler, Pewamo, Muir, Ionia and Saranac. The trail was beautifully, newly paved asphalt within all of the towns, and hard-packed crushed limestone in between. It was perfect for a cyclocross bike or mountain bike and most likely entirely passable with a road bike (some rare soft spots in the crushed stone could be difficult). I will definitely ride this again. 51.5 miles of improved trail total, for a round tip distance of 103 miles.

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

September 2019 Ride

October, 2019 by vicki1960

We parked at the Jackson's Landing Trailhead in Greenville. Biked a few miles North on the Heartland Trail. This was after we biked on the Flat River Trail.
The Heartland Trail is newly paved and in very good condtion.
In Greenville there are places to eat and other services.
Hope to do more of this trail in the future.

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