Big Rapids, MI Birding Trails and Maps

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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

Big Rapids Riverwalk

3.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Cannon Township Trail

4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Clam River Greenway

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail

11.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

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 Heartland Trail

41.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail

5.4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

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

Grand River Edges Trail

5.4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Laketon Trail

3.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Medbery Bike Trail

1.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail

11.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Musketawa Trail

25 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

30 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pere Marquette State Trail

53 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 suitable for cross-country skiing, trail mountain biking, and hiking. There are actually four segments, each with varying levels of difficulty, from...
MI 18.6 mi Dirt, Grass, Sand
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 Clam River Greenway represents a citizen-led effort to create a safe and beautiful recreational asset in what had been a neglected space. Today, the trail connects Bob Meyer Jr. Park in the north...
MI 1.6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail is situated between two natural treasures: Lake Michigan to the west and the Manistee National Forest to the east. The pathway, built on an inactive section of the...
MI 11.1 mi Asphalt
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 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 Pioneer Trail is the last trail of a dozen trails in western Michigan to be named after philanthropist and Rail-Trail Champion Fred Meijer. When complete, the trail will be an...
MI 5.4 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 Grand River Edges Trail runs in loops on the east and west banks of the Grand River near downtown Grand Rapids. At the south end, the trail crosses back and forth over the river via pedestrian...
MI 5.4 mi Asphalt
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 Laketon Trail offers an important connection between the Muskegon Lakeshore Trail and the Musketawa Trail in the City of Muskegon. The paved pathway largely parallels Laketon Avenue, along the...
MI 3.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Medbery Bike Trail runs from a junction with the Hart-Montague Trail State Park and White Lake Pathway in Montague, Michigan, to an industrial park west of town. The rail-trail passes primarily...
MI 1.5 mi Asphalt
Muskegon's Lakeshore Trail provides scenic views of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, while also passing among beautiful sand dunes, lively parks and the city of Muskegon itself. Small sections of the...
MI 11.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Musketawa Trail is one of the best places to get away from it all if you live and work in the western Michigan population centers of Muskegon or Grand Rapids. The 25-mile paved rail-trail rolls...
MI 25 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 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 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
Accordion
The White Lake Pathway provides an important connection between two neighboring towns that face each other across the beautiful White Lake. The trail traces a former railroad bed for just over 3...
MI 3.2 mi Asphalt
The name tells the tale of the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park. Rolling for 22 paved miles through the farms, orchards, and forests of western Michigan between Hart and Montague,...
MI 22.7 mi Asphalt

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Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Why the gap

August, 2019 by ljwerner

Rode from Reed City to Leroy. Nice trail except for the third of a mile south of Sylvan Rd. For some inexplicable reason this section is still unpaved and is loose gravel. Not only is it dangerous for road bikes the sharp stones caused my wife to get a flat tire. Tried to do a little research on why but came up empty. Would recommend walking this section for safety.

Fred Meijer Flat River Trail

Awesome and funny trail

August, 2019 by lmileo

A mix of river trail with city trail but the opportunity to pass through the Baldwin Lake is really awesome. My wife and I really enjoyed this trail.

Musketawa Trail

Dire need of resurfacing

July, 2019 by bradleydagen

I ride this trail several times per week. Today was from muskegon to where white pine connector picks up and back again. 50 miles. Most of the trail needs resurfacing...bad. The stretch from muskegon to ravenna isn't "that" bad but needs attention. The section of the trail running east from ravenna to white pine connector is some of the worst road-bike riding I've done. The trail is pitted beyond spot repairs and the cracks are so deep and large that you feel like you're going to flat every time you roll over one. And, these fissures occur every 10 feet! I don't know where the funding comes from to maintain the Muskatawa trail so I cannot make any specific non-ignorant suggestions. The grass is maintained on the sides of the trail and again I have no idea where these funds come from either. I wish that more of that money was used for trail surface reconditioning though. I cannot complain too much because I ride long miles and this trail is the only one around me unless I expect to travel.

Accordion

Big Rapids Riverwalk

Great Starting Point fro White Pines Trail

July, 2019 by tim36r

The Riverwalk trail connects several parks along the Muskegon river in Big Rapids. It has 3 connector trails to the White Pines rail trail.

A small section under the M-20 bridge is not paved, but everything north is smooth and scenic. Any of the parks make nice trail head parking with amenities to access the White Pines trail which is paved from Big Rapids north to Reed City.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Big Rapids to Reed City

July, 2019 by tim36r

We like to trail ride at a leisurely pace, targeting 20-30 miles. We have previously ridden From Comstock Park to Sand Lake, and found the trail enjoyable and well maintained.

This trip we started in Big Rapids, parking on the south end of the Big Rapids Riverwalk trail. This trail follows and crosses Muskegon River and connect in 3 places to the White Pines trail.
The ride north was nice following the river part of the way. The grade to the north is predominately up. Between a wind from the north and the grade, north was a bit of a work out, but the return trip saw our average speed double.

Would recommend riding south to north on this section if you are planning a round trip.

Betsie Valley Trail

..is in poor shape, loose gravel, mud, part of the trail is now a stream. Suggest you start at western trailhead then ride east while the trail is in good shape.

July, 2019 by utahfoto

..is in poor shape, loose gravel, mud, part of the trail is now a stream. Suggest you start at western trailhead then ride east while the trail is in good shape.

Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail

A favorite Michigan trail

July, 2019 by martinf

The new southern extension has made this into one of my favorite trails. The paved surface is near perfect and it is lightly traveled, in contrast to the White Pine Trail which runs parallel to the east. You can now ride from downtown Muskegon all the way to Hart on paved trails off the roadways. This portion is remote and very quiet with only a few houses in the distance.
The northern extension (White Lake Pathway) into Whitehall and the southern extension into North Muskegon are very scenic, curvy and shady. This is a family friendly trail crossing only 3 busy roads. During the summer in the afternoons and evenings the "Shivering Timbers" roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure comes within a few yards of the trail and provides a welcome distraction for kids on the otherwise long boring straight stretch. Early and late in the day even this central portion of the trail is somewhat shaded.

The down side of the remoteness of this trail is the total lack of signage, mile markers, access to water, or toilets. The very bicycle friendly First Evangelical Lutheran Church or the fast food place south of it are the last potential pit stops on the south end. The White Lake Public Library is a perfect pit stop on the White Lake Pathway northern extension but easy to miss in the woods--there is a short paved spur going off near the 2 boardwalk sections.

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail

Currently flooded

July, 2019 by jnmcmahon

Trail is currently flooded in several areas. Can navigate through town but definitely not as pretty.

Pere Marquette State Trail

Farwell to Clare.

June, 2019 by saholzhausen1

This was my first ride of the season and very enjoyable. Passed over a small stream and the stream meandered along the trail for a short section. Also traveled past wooded areas with shade and past a few small business. There is a small section that travels on the road for about 1.5 miles but I have heard they will be adding a paved section which will go into clare past the depot. Bathrooms present there .

Musketawa Trail

a nice experience

June, 2019 by rjdennis

The trail is a bit bumpy and wet at places but the rural ride is peaceful and the farm scenery is enjoyable. Lots of rabbits and chipmunks.

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

Poor surface

June, 2019 by b-r-kirby

The trail is easy to access and has plenty of restrooms and places to get water and food. However it is very rough at the Alma end for at least the first 10 miles. Lots of root bumps, so much so that we got off the trail after only 10 miles and took the roads back. We had planned a much longer ride but it just wasn't any fun.

William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park

Beautiful Ride

June, 2019 by razzdrop

I rode this trail on a Saturday morning in June 2019.

This is possibly the prettiest rail trail ride in Michigan. I started from the Montague trail head and road to Hart and back, passing through several small and friendly communities along the way. The trail is in fantastic shape. It wanders through miles of scenic views, fruit orchards and asparagus fields. There are picnic tables or benches just about every mile. A really pleasant experience.

Hart is a bit higher in elevation so if you plan to do the entire distance there-n-back, I suggest starting in Montague.

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