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Albion River Trail

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Battle Creek Linear Park

25.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Baw Beese Trail

8.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Bicentennial Park Pathway

2.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Border-to-Border Trail

19.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Calhoun County Trailway

5.3 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Chelsea Community Wellness Path

1.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Woodchips

Falling Waters Trail

10.4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Granger Meadows Park Trail

1.9 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

Jackson Intercity Trail

3.4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Kensington Metropark Trail

9.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Kiwanis Trail (MI)

8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Lakelands Trail State Park

26 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Lansing River Trail

25.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Litchfield Nature Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass

Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail

4 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone
Accordion

Main Trail

0.5 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Milford Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Northern Tier Trail

6.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail

42 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Portland Riverwalk

9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Ram Trail

1.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Riverbend Preserve Rail-Trail

0.1 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Sycamore Trail

2.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Valhalla Trail

1.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Wabash Cannonball Trail

62.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Wayne County Metroparks Trail

16.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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 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
The Baw Beese Trail, named in honor of a former chief of the local Potawatomi population, connects the Michigan communities of Hillsdale and Jonesville. The paved trail is a model of efficient land...
MI 8.2 mi Asphalt
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 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
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 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 Falling Waters Trail is a 10.4-mile asphalt rail-trail that links the town of Concord with the city of Jackson. The trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad, and...
MI 10.4 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
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 arrow-straight Jackson Intercity Trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad for 3.4 miles through the southwest section of Jackson. The trail provides a nice...
MI 3.4 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
The Kiwanis Trail occupies an old railroad bed between Adrian and the southern edge of Tecumseh. The trail is currently the only open component of a much longer proposed regional greenway trail. In...
MI 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
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 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 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
Accordion
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
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 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
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
When complete, the Paul Henry - Thornapple Trail will be a 42-mile, multi-use recreation trail, extending from Grand Rapids to Vermontville; it eventually may be extended to Jackson. The trail is...
MI 42 mi Asphalt, Cinder, 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
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 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
The Russell Street to Patterson Street Trail links the two roads via a former railroad corridor in Tecumseh. Located in a residential area nearly equidistant between downtown Tecumseh to the north and...
MI 0.4 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 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 Wabash Cannonball Trail in northwest Ohio is actually two trails in one: its North Fork runs east–west for 46 miles and its South Fork makes up the balance of this nearly 63-mile trail. The forks...
OH 62.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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

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Battle Creek Linear Park

Good Trail with Beautiful Scenery

May, 2018 by bctrips

This is a great trail to check out.
Lots of riding along the river and downtown. The downtown section has stop and go between streets, but also has some good history with monuments and such (to be expected in a downtown, at least your not riding on the street).
The areas outside of downtown have fewer/no cross streets and wildlife.
Trail does have some tree root growth in areas, but normal compared to other ones that I have ridden.
I didn't have any issues getting around, but somewhat familiar with the area so it might be good to have a map or better your phone, since there are ancillary trails that you can ride around.Good trail with beautiful scenery.

Battle Creek Linear Park

Linear Park - Such Potential

May, 2018 by k0151181

Great scenery. Paths not clearly marked. The 10.5 mile loop requires crossing 15 roads - some are BUSY!! After Limit St, the path is not very well maintained. Watch for debris, cracks, holes, and broken glass. Easy to ride. Not alot of hills. The section along the river cannot be beat.

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.

Accordion

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

Wabash Cannonball Trail

Gettin' It Done!

November, 2017 by mbduvendack

The Wabash Cannonball Trail in Fulton, Henry, and Williams Counties in Ohio is owned and maintained by our all volunteer group, the Northwest Ohio Rails to Trails Association, NORTA. We have regular work days on the trail, and try to keep up with maintenance on the sections we own.

In the summer of 2017, we were able to acquire "ground up pavement" for the trail surface in Williams county. A larger tire bike will have no problems on that section. If you like to "mountain" bike, the rest of the trail is rideable.

Sometime in 2018, the eastern most section of the trail in Fulton County will be paved to our offices at St. Rt. 109. We're working to find the safest way to get around the active train track in that area.

The Trail also has a section of certified North County Scenic Trail. Check it out. If you are hiking the NCT and need a place to camp or just need a Trail Angel, contact us.

We look forward to meeting you! And bring your loppers and rakes to help keep the trail cleared.

P.S. Yes, it's flat and straight. That's how the Wabash Cannonball Train was able to reach the speeds it did!

Kiwanis Trail (MI)

Kiwanis Trail

September, 2017 by kirk 1

This is an excellent little trail to get back in shape on. It is the perfect length out and back 16 miles round trip. It's flat with nice parks to take breaks or cook a meal before you ride back to the north endpoint. Only a couple busy road intersections to deal with. All around excellent trail for a short ride.

Huron Valley Trail

Time to repave this one

August, 2017 by utahfoto

I used to ride this trail several years ago when it was new. While the trail surroundings are interesting, the trail itself is no longer suitable for road bikes due to the poor condition of the paving. It probably wouldn't be too bad if you have lower pressure fat tire bikes.

Huron Valley Trail

Horrible

August, 2017 by drglinski

THE ABSOLUTE WORST trail I've ever ridden. One star is generous because I cannot rate it at 0 or minus stars. The entire trail is rougher than riding straight through the woods on no trail at all. Pavement sucks horribly. You know how people circle holes with spray paint? The entire trail needs to be circled. Teeth rattling ride so bad mouthguards are recommended

I-275 Metro Trail

Very rough ride

August, 2017 by jefflord1

I rode this trail for the first time while in Novi for a work event. The trail was very rough on the majority of the trail and overgrown in some areas. I will not ride this trail next time I'm in town because it made my ride not very enjoyable. Hopefully they will give it some attention because it has the potential to be a decent trail.

Wabash Cannonball Trail

Best way to get around Western Lucas County

August, 2017 by deckerk

We live just 1/2 mile south of the South Fork. I run the trail most every day. It's always in great shape. In winter the trail is cleared off before the roads are. Well maintained and popular trail. Just have to be careful crossing the roads. The trail crosses many busy roads so watch for traffic, especially crossing State Route 295 (both forks cross this road). Enjoy!

Wabash Cannonball Trail

Nice Trail

August, 2017 by roddyville65

We started at Oak Openings and rode east over US24, past the battlegrounds and on a ways before turning back and following the south fork to the end, then back past the parking area to the west ending point before returning to the Jeep just after dark. This trail says it closes at dark, a drawback for us as we would have put in a few more hours of riding if allowed, start early!

Mostly a smooth trail, some slightly washboard areas that were only minimally noticed, trail is in fairly good shape and a joy to ride!! We will return. The one real grip is all the stops every half to mile due to raod crossings, nothing major!

Battle Creek Linear Park

NOT a RAILS TO TRAILS!

August, 2017 by roddyville65

This is NOT a rails to trails, there is NO rail grade anywhere, this shouldn't even be listed as one. This trail is far beyond need of rehabilitation, parts of the trail seem to have been ripped up making for uneven and nasty surfaces...and that was some of the better spots. 6" high "speedbumps" cover the trail where roots came up under the trail, tons of large deep cracks as well. Even watching and knowing the trail was unmarked, we had to backtrack as we missed the turn.

This is by far the worst trail I've rode in years, I will not be back and shame on RTT for even listing it.

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