East Lansing, MI Birding Trails and Maps

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Applewood Trail

1.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Bicentennial Park Pathway

2.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Chevy Commons Trail

0.89 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Falling Waters Trail

10.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fieldcrest Pathway

3 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 Grand River Valley Rail Trail

15.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

41.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail

3.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Genesee Valley Trail

4.43 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Granger Meadows Park Trail

1.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Island Lake Trail Connector

0.8 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Kensington Metropark Trail

9.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Kettering Gateway Trail

0.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

LAFF Pathway

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

M-21 Non-Motorized Path

1.66 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Michigan Air Line Trail

6.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

39.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Milford Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
Accordion

Portland Riverwalk

9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

11 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Sycamore Trail

2.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Thomas Township Trail

3.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Valhalla Trail

1.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Battle Creek Linear Park

25.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Border-to-Border Trail

33.13 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Calhoun County Trailway

5.3 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Flint River Trail (MI)

27 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Grand Blanc Bike Path

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Huron Valley Trail

13.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Island Lake Pathway

4.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Lansing River Trail

25.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Martin Luther King Equality Trail

4.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Northern Tier Trail

6.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail

31.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Ram Trail

1.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Trolley Line Trail (MI)

2.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Albion River Trail

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Chelsea Community Wellness Path

1.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Woodchips

George Atkin Jr. Recreational Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Concrete

Gale Road Trail

2.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Genessee Road Trail

0.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Grand River Arts Walk

1.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Jewett Trail

1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Litchfield Nature Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass

Main Trail

0.5 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview The 1.8-mile Applewood Trail connects Mott Community College and several city parks with the lengthy Flint River Trail, the backbone of the Flint area's trail network. About the...
MI 1.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The hard surface trail runs from Creasey Bicentennial Park to the Western edge of Grand Blanc Township. Beginning at the park on Grand Blanc Road, the trail takes you past a dog park and athletic...
MI 2.7 mi Asphalt
Clocking in at just under a mile long, the Chevy Commons Trail is part of the Genesee Valley Trail and serves as its northeastern-most portion. Named for the Chevy Commons County Park through which...
MI 0.89 mi Asphalt
Jackson County's Falling Waters Trail serves as an important community connector, linking the outskirts of the vibrant City of Jackson to the picturesque Village of Concord, which brims with Victorian...
MI 10.5 mi Asphalt
The Fieldcrest Pathway stretches 3 miles in the Green Oak Township, a suburb of Detroit. The trail follows Fieldcrest Drive from Lee Road south to Silver Lake Road. The paved recreational trail...
MI 3 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: As of September 26th, 2023, the entire trail is open with one fallen tree near Owosso that requires caution to go around. Please see the Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee Trail...
MI 41.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview 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...
MI 6.5 mi Asphalt
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
Overview The paved Fred Meijer Heartland Trail rolls for nearly 42 miles through farmland and forests in central Michigan as it links a half-dozen rural towns with recreational...
MI 41.9 mi Asphalt
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 Genesee Valley Trail is a paved, multi-use pathway that helps to link suburban areas in Flint Township with the downtown core of the city of Flint, giving cyclists and pedestrians a convenient...
MI 4.43 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 Island Lake Connector Trail allows cyclists, pedestrians, and other residents of Green Oak Township to connect to the Island Lake Recreation Area. The trail sits on a converted railroad bed, and...
MI 0.8 mi Crushed Stone
Overview The Kensington Metropark Trail forms a paved loop around Kent Lake in western Oakland County.  About the Route Kensington Metropark, which features 4,481 acres of hilly terrain...
MI 9.5 mi Asphalt
A short paved trail that runs from the city of Flint's Kellar Park to the newly refurbished Chevy Commons park along the Flint River, the Kettering Gateway Trail provides a useful link in the city's...
MI 0.7 mi Asphalt
The LAFF Pathway is a proposed recreational trail project connecting the communities of Linden, Argentine Township, Fenton, and Fenton Township in Genesee County. The first phase of the LAFF...
MI 2 mi Asphalt
While not the most scenic of trails, the M-21 Non-Motorized Path provides a useful ten-foot wide asphalt path through a suburban stretch of Flint Township, connecting at its eastern end to the Genesee...
MI 1.66 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview The Michigan Air Line Trail stretches nearly 7 miles across the communities of Wixom, Walled Lake and Commerce Township in Oakland County. About the Route At its western end, the...
MI 6.8 mi Asphalt
Tradition says that Michigan has 11,000 lakes. The eastern section of the Lakelands Trail State Park passes through a chain of them as it rolls from the town of Hamburg and Lakeland to the outskirts...
MI 39.6 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Milford Trail connects the Village of Milford with the popular Kensington Metropark in Oakland County. The winding trail offers plenty of scenery as it travels through woodlands and...
MI 4.2 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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
Overview 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...
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 3-mile paved, north-south route through this Michigan community. Running along a power line corridor, the route offers a mix of wooded patches, open farm fields,...
MI 3.1 mi Asphalt
The Valhalla Trail runs for just over a mile in Delhi Charter Township, a southern suburb of Lansing. Its northern half is wooded and winds through Valhalla Park, which offers a swimming beach,...
MI 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Battle Creek Linear Park trail encompasses nearly 26 miles of connected trails in Battle Creek. Residents use the loop trails to put some snap, crackle, and pop in their exercise routines, while...
MI 25.9 mi Asphalt
Overview The Border-to-Border Trail is a work in progress, which when complete, will stretch across Washtenaw County from its border with Livingston County in the northwest to Wayne County in the...
MI 33.13 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
If you’re looking for a rustic escape form the din of everyday life, consider the Calhoun County Trailway. The Trailway weaves through three of the county’s four parks. The 5.3-mile trail kicks off in...
MI 5.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Flint River Trail system encompasses 27 miles of multi-use, paved trails stretching across Genesee County. Meandering alongside the Flint River and C.S. Mott Lake, the trail passes through a...
MI 27 mi Asphalt
Overview The Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail links the cities of Lowell, Belding, and Greenville in Kent, Ionia, and Montcalm counties, respectively. Running along a former railroad...
MI 21.6 mi Asphalt
This is a dedicated sidepath in Grand Blanc that is suitable for a casual stroll, a quick jog or an easy ride. The trail sits on the north side of Grand Blanc Road, through mainly residential...
MI 1.6 mi Asphalt
Overview Paved and mostly flat, the 13.2-mile Huron Valley Trail links several suburban communities, parks, and a large recreation area while providing connections to a growing network of...
MI 13.2 mi Asphalt
The Island Lake Pathway runs east–west through the densely-wooded landscape of the Island Lake Recreation Area southeast of Brighton. Although relatively short, the paved trail may prove a challenge...
MI 4.3 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 Martin Luther King Equality Trail, formerly called the Jackson Intercity Trail, follows the old rail bed of what was once the Michigan Central Railroad for 4.5 miles north through the southwest...
MI 4.3 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
Overview The Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail is a 31-mile, multi-use recreation trail, extending from Grand Rapids to Vermontville.  The trail passes through farmlands, woodlands, and small towns,...
MI 31.1 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone
The Ram Trail is a close to 2-mile trail beginning at Holt High School where there is access to tennis courts, soccer fields, softball and baseball diamonds and playgrounds. The trail runs eastward...
MI 1.8 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 pleasant little Albion River Trail runs along the south bank of the Kalamazoo River through the town of Albion. The trail runs between McClure Riverfront Park on the west end and Victory Park on...
MI 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Chelsea Community Wellness Path weaves through a large campus home to many of Chelsea’s amenities. Although the total length of the trail is less than 2 miles, it is divided into three separate...
MI 1.5 mi Asphalt, Woodchips
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
This unassuming recreational path in Goodrich, Genesee County is actually a part of the Iron Belle Trail, Michigan's state-spanning multiuse trail system. The Gale Road Trail starts near Perry Road...
MI 2.3 mi Asphalt
The Genesse Road Trail sits on the western side of Genessee Road in Grand Blanc. The neighborhood trail extends for just over 3/4-mile, from Perry Road in the South to Kings Fairway Lane at the north...
MI 0.8 mi Asphalt
Planners in Jackson Michigan had originally wanted to build a rail with trail, but when they face resistance from the local railroad, they took a different route, one which gave us the Grand River...
MI 1.2 mi Asphalt
Jewett Trail is both the name of the road, as well as the off-street bike-ped path, circling the Grand Blanc Community High School complex. The pathway, which sits on the southern edge of the trail,...
MI 1 mi Asphalt
The Litchfield Nature Trail meanders through scenic property owned by the City of Litchfield, in some places adjacent to the St. Joseph (St. Joe) River. At one point, the trail passes through...
MI 2 mi Dirt, Grass
The Main Trail runs for just 0.5 mile along an east–west corridor through the Whitehouse Nature Center. The trail links a series of loop trails through the nature center and begins at the visitor...
MI 0.5 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

Recent Trail Reviews

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

The longest Connected Trail I've ridden in Michigan

July, 2024 by joelbradley93

The longest single connected trail I've ridden in Michigan so far. If you ride it all the way from Jackson to Brighton it's about 40 miles, but there's plenty of places to stop by in-between that show up about every 6 miles. Gregory is about halfway through and offers some good food options for anyone looking to make the full trek.

The trail from Hamburg MI going into Brighton is completely paved and beautiful. Everything from Hamburg going into Jackson is unpaved crushed limestone, and while there's beautiful wildlife around every corner the path can wear you out do the crushed limestone path. Still gives you a beautiful look at different Michigan biomes along the way and is in the middle of nature and away from the busy cityscape for most of the ride.

Kensington Metropark Trail

Wonderful trail/lots of wildlife

July, 2024 by rsyj72q7kt

Went here with the family. A few small challenging grades. There are some pretty views of the lake and a lot of shade. We saw deer, sandhill cranes, rabbits, swans, wild turkeys and a pilliated woodpecker.

Falling Waters Trail

Well Maintained Great Ride

July, 2024 by truthorcon

Started in Jackson and went west to Concord (against the wind). In Concord continue west on the street when trail terminates. Ate lunch in Concord Tavern downtown which is to your left as you dead-end into Main Street... fantastic pizza.
Then rode back to Jackson (with the wind). Saw deer, birds, and lots of little critters. Very enjoyable outing of 22 miles round-trip.

Accordion

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

great ride

June, 2024 by mhogan3656

I rode this trail from Pinkney to Stockbridge and back. It was a pleasant ride with varying scenery-sometimes open fields and sometimes heavily wooded. Another thing I liked about this trail is that is not endlessly flat. Instead there are some easy hills and downhill

Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail

Don't pet the snappers

May, 2024 by jsknoppers

We enjoyed this ride, all 45 miles, from Creekside Park in Lowell to Greenville and back. The surface wasn't nice asphalt, but kinda rough. Some areas were worn smoothish from use - so not terrible. But we will were able to keep a good pace. The bathrooms in Belding were locked on the Saturday morning of Memorial weekend, but there was a lovely porta potty we could use. What's the point of bathrooms if we can't use them? (Side note, the bathrooms at Creekside Park in Lowell were unlocked and very nice. The sign on the bathrooms said they opened at 10 am, but we were there earlier than that and they were open. Thanks, Lowell.)

We saw several turtles, including a few snappers that appeared to be laying eggs on the edge of the path, but we didn't too close to verify that because we like to keep our fingers. Also saw some deer, a quail, birds, and a bunny.

Beware, southbound once you get around Smyrna there is a long uphill section. Not steep because trains are wimpier than I am, but it was a long section.

Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail

I'm a "Never Paver"

May, 2024 by ryangarone

I've been running a couple different out and back stretches between McPherson Ave and Greenville about three times a week from spring to fall for about 4 years now.
I can see how the surface might not be good for skinny wheel bikes in areas, but for runners. the surface is pretty great. Not only is it a softer impact surface than asphalt, even better, no crown in the path is needed to shed water. No crown means a perfect flat surface across the path. I can run on the sides, out of biker's way, and not have one leg travelling farther than the other to make up for the drop in the crown, screwing up my hips and back.
Sounds amazing underfoot, too.
Not to mention the nature and surroundings.
I ran by a fawn sleeping right in the middle of the path a couple days ago. Eagles, Sand Hill Cranes, Fox, all kinds of water birds. It's amazing.

Please never pave this path. Touch it up here and there, but no asphalt.

Falling Waters Trail

Nice ride

May, 2024 by longellob

We rode this trail from Concord to Jackson. The trail began crossing the Kalamazoo River. The ride was not really that exciting, except as we got to Jackson, there were several sculptures on display and even for sale! The wind from Jackson back to Concord was brutal. All in all, it was a nice ride and the weather was spectacular!

Falling Waters Trail

One of my favorite trails

April, 2024 by joelbradley93

One of my favorite trails to longboard on. The segment by Spring Arbor that perfectly cuts through the lake is especially beautiful in the summer. Some bikers can be going fast so just be mindful of your surroundings, but it's a great trail beginning to end.

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

Mike Levine Trail

December, 2023 by ferretnutz

Nice paved path from Pettysville Road and M 36 marshaling area through Pinckney. The path turns to fine crushed stone near Anderson and was quite a chore to ride on due to wet, low light areas which had not dried out. Not great in this area for bikes on a leisurely ride. Nice dry, sunny day of 50 degrees. The path will probably not dry out here all winter.

Falling Waters Trail

Falling Waters Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

If you like water, wildlife, serenity, and long, straight, flat trails enveloped by a canopy of trees, then this is the trail for you.

I started at the Concord trailhead, and as I made my way past the north branch of the Kalamazoo River, along the trail beneath the canopy of trees, and eventually to the causeway across Lime Lake before another canopy of trees to Jackson, I kept thinking to myself how great it must be to live nearby and to enjoy this trail year-round and its four seasons.

I experienced it on a brisk, early October morn and enjoyed the beginnings of fall color and the golden brown, leaf covered path. As a visitor from suburban southern California, I don't really get to enjoy that Autumn color back home.

I especially appreciated the clean air, picturesque scenery, solitude, modern whimsical sculptures near the Jackson trailhead, and the outgoing and friendly locals utilizing the trail.

The bike ride was only a twenty-two mile round trip, but it was certainly worth the journey for me from SoCal to enjoy this idyllic setting!

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

Great Trail

October, 2023 by rick888

This trail starts at Whitmore Lake and goes all the way to Jackson prison. The trail is mostly crushed limestone which is smooth and flat. Nice scenery the whole way. The trail goes very close to the prison. You can even see the inmates exercising in the yard. It was like a movie set.

Falling Waters Trail

Great fall bike ride

October, 2023 by katmai_tl

This is my new favorite trail. Sparkling clear lakes appear on one or both sides of the trail with spots for sitting and enjoying the views. We saw several pairs of swans.

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