Midland, MI Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Applewood Trail

1.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Bay-Zil Rail Trail

7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Chevy Commons Trail

0.89 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Chippewa Trail

4.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail

41.4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

41.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Genesee Valley Trail

4.43 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Hampton Township Nature Trail

2.4 mi
State: MI
Gravel

Harger Line Rail-Trail

10.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Kettering Gateway Trail

0.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

M-21 Non-Motorized Path

1.66 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Pere Marquette Rail Trail

30.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pere Marquette State Trail

55 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

11 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Southern Links Trailway

10.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Woodchips

Thomas Township Trail

3.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Vassar Rail Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Zilwaukee Pathway

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Bay County Riverwalk/Bangor Rail Trail

17.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
Accordion

Flint River Trail (MI)

27 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Saginaw Township Pathway

3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Tittabawassee Township Path

5.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Trolley Line Trail (MI)

2.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

George Atkin Jr. Recreational Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Concrete

Grand Curve Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
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
Eastern Michigan's 7-mile Bay-Zil Rail Trail is lined with trees and traverses picturesque farmland. The paved rail-trail follows the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway, which hauled both timber and...
MI 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
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
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 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 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 Hampton Township Nature Trail is a 2-mile gravel trail that begins at Finn Road Park winding through marshy areas, woods, skirts farm fields, and ending at a boat launch on Jones Road. Along the...
MI 2.4 mi Gravel
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
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 shared use trail snakes across the township hitting its most important landmarks in the process, including Saginaw Valley State University in the north, Krossroads Park in the east, and Kochville...
MI 7 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 Many factors contribute to the Pere Marquette Rail Trail’s popularity. It runs for 30.1 miles on smooth asphalt that is well maintained and, at 14 feet, wide enough to ride or walk...
MI 30.1 mi Asphalt
Overview The Pere Marquette State Trail runs 55 miles through beautiful woodlands and fields between Baldwin and Clare. About the Route The section between Baldwin and Reed City is about 17...
MI 55 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 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 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 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
The Zilwaukee Pathway offers a paved route through the eastern Michigan city of Zilwaukee. It begins on the western shore of the Saginaw River at Zilwaukee Riverfront Park, where you'll find parking,...
MI 2 mi Asphalt
Overview  The 17.7 miles of the Bay County Riverwalk/Bangor Rail Trail 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....
MI 17.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
Accordion
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
This trail continues right where the Kochville Township Multi-use Pathway, on Tittawabasee Road. (In fact, the two trails are sometimes referred to as the Kochville-Saginaw Pathway). It occupies the...
MI 3 mi Asphalt
Freeland Pathway is a 2.5 mile trail in Tittawabassee Township in Freeland, Michigan. The trail is a smooth ribbon of asphalt paralleling Midland Road (SR 47), and features some inclines, although it...
MI 5.2 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 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
Overview The Fraser Township Trail runs for 4 miles through Bay County, MI which borders the shores of Lake Huron. About the Route The Fraser Township Trail travels through Bay County, MI, a...
MI 4 mi Gravel
Beginning near downtown Midland, the Grand Curve Trail travels east for over 4 miles. The trail starts at the rotunda that hosts the Midland Area Farmers Market, near the Tridge, a three-way bridge...
MI 4.2 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

A lovely ride from Alma

July, 2024 by dhalblei

July 2024 Rode from Alma to Cedar Lake and back for a total of 34 miles. The trail is tree lined with a total canopy of shade in several places; there are glimpses of farmland along the way and a wetland area near Cedar Lake. The asphalt was smooth and well maintained with only a few bumps. The trail is flat; a fast ride out and even faster on the way back with a nice west tailwind. The road crossings are mostly local county roads (several are gravel) with almost no traffic on a Saturday. All the crossings were a smooth transition from trail to road.

There’s a small parking area at Riverside Park, the actual start of the trail, then a mile or so on sidewalk/neighborhood roads (not well marked) to Alma College. There’s parking at the college in lots marked public access on the weekends (avoid the ones requiring a college permit).

Pere Marquette Rail Trail

The most boring trail I've walked. To close to traffic, nothing interesting to look at.

July, 2024 by sallyetcher

The most boring trail I've walked. To close to traffic, nothing interesting to look at.

Southern Links Trailway

best trail

July, 2024 by z7b8hhm6fy

Been on it quite a bit now but never gets old

Accordion

Pere Marquette Rail Trail

Great Ride!

June, 2024 by kkacho04

Husband and I rode from Midland to Sanford and back. Smooth, flat ride. Shady areas to stop and bathrooms along the way. Stopped at Midland Brewing Company on our way back.(Had entry right off trail with bike racks!) It was a great ride!

Pere Marquette State Trail

The trail was amazing and it hardly had anyone else.

June, 2024 by jadevrny917

The trail was amazing and it hardly had anyone else.

Southern Links Trailway

Fall ride with forests and wetland views

October, 2023 by katmai_tl

Nicely maintained trail with benches along the way. Lots of geocaches along this trail too.

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

Nice trail

September, 2023 by lsbiggs1969

Great ride today. Rode the entire trail and back. Terrific surface overall. Tony’s in St Charles had good chili and Italian bread

Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail

Ionia to Pewoma

September, 2023 by dmrober25

We rode today from Ionia to Pewoma. The trail was cleared from the trees that were down in August. It was a beautiful ride with the leaves starting to fall. About 22 miles out and back!

Bay-Zil Rail Trail

Did this trail for the first time today. Very nice, but short. We started from the parking lot of Ray's Bike Shop. Out to the end of the trail and back to Ray's was just under 13 miles.

September, 2023 by incimaven

Did this trail for the first time today. Very nice, but short. We started from the parking lot of Ray's Bike Shop. Out to the end of the trail and back to Ray's was just under 13 miles.

Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail

8/25/2023 - trees across path

August, 2023 by christinaklwalsh

Two huge trees are down across path approximately 0.4 miles from Smith Road in Owosso, Mi. No obvious way around them.

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

Very well maintained. Some cool bridges and beautiful scenery

July, 2023 by georgevoelker

Very well maintained. Some cool bridges and beautiful scenery

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

Nice ride through the country

July, 2023 by 13leeannadams

Started at Greenville West/Washington intersection—rode about 8 miles and then came back. Enjoyed the path, the trees, the wildflowers, and a couple of farms—but not so much stopping for so many road crossings.

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