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Length
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Bicentennial Park Pathway

2.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Black Creek Nature Trail

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Border-to-Border Trail

19.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Bridge to Bay Trail

37.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Chelsea Community Wellness Path

1.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Woodchips

Clinton River Park Trail

4.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Clinton River Spillway Bike Path

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Clinton River Trail

16 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Dequindre Cut Greenway

1.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Detroit RiverWalk

3.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Grosse Ile Trail

6.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Huron Valley Trail

12.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

I-275 Metro Trail

33.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Island Lake Pathway

4.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Kensington Metropark Trail

9.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Lakelands Trail State Park

26 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Linear Park Pathway

2.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail

4 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

M-5 Metro Trail

2.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
Accordion

Macomb Orchard Trail

23.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Metro Parkway Trail

10.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Milford Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Paint Creek Trail (MI)

8.9 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Polly Ann Trail

34.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Riverbend Preserve Rail-Trail

0.1 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Stony Creek Metropark Trail

6.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Wadhams to Avoca Trail

12 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Wayne County Metroparks Trail

16.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

West Bloomfield Trail

6.8 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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
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 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 east. Much of...
MI 19.7 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
The Bridge to Bay Trail extends from the village of Lake Port on Lake Huron south to Algonac on the St. Clair River; however, only about 37.5 miles of the 54 planned miles are completed as of early...
MI 37.5 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
Clinton River Park Trail winds along the east bank of its namesake river in Sterling Heights, a northern suburb of Detroit. The paved trail runs through a tranquil, wooded area; keep a lookout for...
MI 4.5 mi Asphalt
The Clinton River Spillway Trail passes through a mostly wooded corridor above and parallel to the spillway between Velger Boat Harbor on Lake St. Clair and Shady Side Park in Mt. Clemens. At the east...
MI 2 mi Asphalt
The Clinton River Trail is a 16-mile recreational trail on an abandoned rail line through the heart of Oakland County, including the cities of Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills and...
MI 16 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a paved path nearly 2 miles long in downtown Detroit. The trail has separate lanes for cyclists and pedestrians and you'll find entrance ramps at Lafayette Street,...
MI 1.8 mi Asphalt
Along its 3.5-mile route, the RiverWalk offers breathtaking views of the Detroit River and city skyline. Recreational opportunities abound as the trail links Milliken State Park and numerous plazas...
MI 3.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Grosse Ile Trail is a smooth, paved route running nearly the entire north–south length of Grosse Ile, which rests in the Detroit River between mainland Michigan and Ontario, Canada. The trail...
MI 6.2 mi Asphalt
This trail is actually composed of two trails: the 2-mile Rouge River Gateway Greenway and the 17.5-mile Hines Park Trail, which create a seamless 19.5-mile connection between Dearborn and...
MI 19.5 mi Asphalt
Paved and mostly flat, the Huron Valley Trail links several suburban communities, parks, and a large recreation area while providing connections to a growing network of trails. Forming a lowercase...
MI 12.2 mi Asphalt
The I-275 Metro Trail began back in the 1970s as the Michigan Department of Transportation's response to the then-fuel crisis. The original trail linked Wayne, Oakland and Monroe counties along a...
MI 33.2 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 Kensington Metropark Trail forms a paved loop around Kent Lake in western Oakland County. The scenic area, which features 4,481 acres of hilly terrain around the large lake, is one of the most...
MI 9.5 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 Munith some 26...
MI 26 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
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
The Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail closely follows the river for 4 miles through the town of Canton on the western outskirts of Detroit. The compacted crushed stone pathway includes eight wooden...
MI 4 mi Crushed Stone
The M-5 Metro Trail runs for 2 miles between Commerce Township and the city of Novi in southeastern Michigan. The paved trail parallels the west side of its namesake roadway (also known as the...
MI 2.2 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The automotive industry has the most impact on Macomb County’s economy, but it’s the freshly picked apples and squeezed cider that leave lasting impressions on visitors to the Macomb Orchard Trail....
MI 23.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
This trail runs from the Matthaei Botanical Gardens two miles south to Parker Mill Park. It was conceived in response to the need for a safer alternative for non-motorized travelers. Dixboro Road only...
MI 2 mi Asphalt
The Metro Parkway Trail—also known as the Freedom Trail—parallels the busy Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile Road) through urban Macomb County. You'll find many street crossings throughout a mix of...
MI 10.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
Even though the Paint Creek Trail is Michigan’s oldest nonmotorized rail-trail, the occasional face-lifts and renovations keep it looking as young as ever. Established in 1983, the crushed-limestone...
MI 8.9 mi Crushed Stone
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 new Riverbend Preserve in southern Washtenaw County features 58 acres of wetlands on both sides of the Raisin River. The area is a common resting place for migratory birds on their trek across the...
MI 0.1 mi Dirt
With 4,461 acres of prime recreational lands, this top-rated park's scenic, hilly terrain surrounds beautiful 500-acre Stony Creek Lake. Park features include a nature center, a hike-bike trail,...
MI 6.2 mi Asphalt
The Wadhams to Avoca Trail passes through 12 miles of woods and farmland in southeastern Michigan, but it’s the historic railroad bridge over Mill Creek that’s the big draw. Everyone from solo...
MI 12 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
You won’t find this trail’s name on the ground: the continuous stretch is actually made up of the scenic trails within Oakwoods Metropark, Willow Metropark and Lower Huron Metropark, as well as a...
MI 16.3 mi Asphalt
The West Bloomfield Trail sails along for nearly 7 miles through a municipality that claims to be one of the wettest in the nation—not from rainfall but from the sheer number of lakes (28), ponds...
MI 6.8 mi Crushed Stone

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Wadhams to Avoca Trail

Nice mix of sun and shade, good bathroom access, mostly flat

September, 2018 by kmatt42

The famous bridge is worth the ride, it is closer to the Avoca end.
Would make the ride again.

Polly Ann Trail

Big Let Down in Lapeer County

August, 2018 by gnorth.cody

Moved from Lake Orion to Imlay City and boy were we spoiled. We had the Paint Creek Trail and a portion of the Polly Ann Trail available to us in Lake Orion, both were very nice. In Imlay City, though? It's hardly a "bike path." The portion within the city is paved and nice, but beyond the city north or south is overgrown and impossible to bike. We have been quite disappointed with this trail since our move. I would love to be able to bike all the way to Lake Orion again and connect to the Paint Creek for Rochester. This trail needs some serious attention!

Border-to-Border Trail

Dexter-Clinton to Huron-Clinton Park Segment

July, 2018 by pwesterman_tl

Tried this on a new bike yesterday and it was DELIGHTFUL!! It was a wonderful trip through open meadows, wetlands and climax forest areas along the south bank of the Huron River (not always visible - but close based on chatter from people in rafts/canoes/etc.). There’s a small street connector thru Dexter but this is minimal - and Dexter is a wonderful town for a meal/rest/drink/chat.

Pavement is smooth as a baby’s butt and there are no challenging hills. It’s just a very pleasant, easy ride and I enjoyed myself very much!

Accordion

Polly Ann Trail

Progress

July, 2018 by redeyeryder

At the moment (O7-2OI8) this trail officially goes from Orion Township to North Branch. The Lapeer county part is not all the way finished. Some of it is paved and some of it is gravel and some is balast and some is grass with a singletrack and some is just grass.

The Oakland county part is is great.

Like most rail trails and just trails in general - this trail is under construction and in development and has proposed plans for it.

These things take time and l myself wish all the proposed trails were completed but l know they take time.

If l win the lotto l will pay to pave lots of trails.

Clinton River Trail

I love this trail!

July, 2018 by jenniferruthruff69

I have been riding this trail for the past 5 years. I usually park at Adams Rd parking area right near the Mastodon site and travel up to Rochester and join onto The Paint Creek Trail. We always stop and have a meal or a drink in Downtown Rochester and there are MANY places to choose from. I am not a true cyclist—more of a bike enthusiast—so the stopping for a meal/beer makes the bike ride! The trail is well maintained through that area. We always see bunnies and deer as we ride. The whole atmosphere reminds me of being up north! We sometimes go the opposite way and ride into Auburn Hills. The path is not as maintained when we go that way—not sure why, but it is just bumpier. There area some places to eat/drink in Downtown Auburn Hills as well and a beautiful little park along the river. Ice cream shops too.

Macomb Orchard Trail

Best trail in Southeast Michigan

June, 2018 by tgprince

I have biked on most of the trails in southeast Michigan and I believe this is the best one. It has very smooth asphalt for 98% of the 23 mile stretch (there is an 1/2 mile section just east of Romeo that is rough). There are several parking spots along this trail and a couple restrooms too. Several stores along the trail have bike parking for their businesses. There is a spectacular scenic overlook of the Clinton River about 2 miles east of Romeo. The north/south section from Rochester to Romeo has the businesses. The east/west section from Romeo to Richmond is pleasant farmland.

I-275 Metro Trail

A tale of two trails

June, 2018 by tgprince

The section south of Edward Hines Drive is wide and smooth. I know much of this section was repaved with stimulus money 7-9 years ago. The section north of Edward Hines is in horrible shape. It is very rough. The stretch from 5 to 6 Mile Roads is especially bad. Some of crossings of major roads are difficult. It is a noisy ride, but the trail connects to several other trails.

Huron Valley Trail

Path deteriorating

June, 2018 by tgprince

This is a great connection from South Lyon to Kensington/Island Lake. However, I rode the path a couple weeks ago and was shocked at how bumpy it has become. It is definitely much worse than when I last rode it two years ago.

Island Lake Pathway

Quick and Easy, but Terrible Condition

June, 2018 by kbouche40

My wife and I went to Kensington today and we both have hybrid bikes. We were terrified that since the entire stretch of the Island Lake trail was extremely bumpy for a bike path, we’d destroy a few tires. Won’t be going there anytime soon, except for walks.

Lakelands Trail State Park

Very nice rural

April, 2018 by sarahibrandl

I can only give a review on the Stockbridge area of the trail. I found the area lovely. I however took the wrong bike for the gravel section. The horse tracks caused a very bumpy ride. Really though very well cared for and no deep ruts for spring and horses. I plan to go back with Mt Bike and ride. Hiking would be perfect in this part of the trail too.

I-275 Metro Trail

noisy with ugly scenery and no easy way to reach it

February, 2018 by ripper_roo

Title says it all. It's noisy because it's along the highway, it's hard to get to safely because there's no bike lanes or side walks along the fast roads that lead to it, and it just goes between the highway and industrial businesses. Methinks it's just there for advertising ("hey millennials we have trails! you like trails don't you?"). I guess that's why it is still relatively smooth and clean, because nobody can use it, so 2 starts, good job guys

Clinton River Park Trail

Not well connected

February, 2018 by jim168

Difficult to get to trail by bike. Not well connected to local streets. Can not connect easily to Stoney Creek with no signage and directions. Difficult to connect to Warren.

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