Monroe, MI Birding Trails and Maps

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Dequindre Cut Greenway

1.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Detroit RiverWalk

3.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

East-West Connector Trail

2.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fieldcrest Pathway

3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

ITC Corridor Trail (Canton)

2.97 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

ITC Corridor Trail (Novi)

4.66 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Island Lake Trail Connector

0.8 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Kensington Metropark Trail

9.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Kiwanis Trail

8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Lake Erie Metropark Trail

3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Lohr-Textile Greenway

4.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail

4 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

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

North-South Connector Trail

3.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
Accordion

Slippery Elm Trail

13.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Southwest Greenway

0.67 mi
State: MI
Concrete

Towpath Trail

9.1 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Trenton Walking Path

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

University/Parks Trail

6.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Wabash Cannonball Trail

62.9 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Wayne County Metroparks Trail

16.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

West Bloomfield Trail

6.8 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Border-to-Border Trail

33.13 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Clinton River Trail - Oakland County

16 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Grosse Ile Trail

6.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Huron Valley Trail

13.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

I-275 Metro Trail

31.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Island Lake Pathway

4.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Lakes Community Trail

4.4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

M-5 Metro Trail

2.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Metro Parkway Trail

10.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Sylvania River Trail

1.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Chelsea Community Wellness Path

1.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Woodchips

Chessie Circle Trail

11 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Dr. Richard D. Ruppert Rotary Trail

2.36 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Flat Rock Pathway

3.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Riverbend Preserve Rail-Trail

0.1 mi
State: MI
Dirt

I-696 Trail

2.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

River Raisin Heritage Trail

7.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Brownstown Township Trail

2.4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Metro Connector Trail

2.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Michigan Avenue Connector

1.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Platt Road Greenway

2.25 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Portage River Trail

1 mi
State: OH
Dirt

Rockwood Pathway

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Wabash Cannonball Trail Connector

1.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a paved path nearly 2 miles long in downtown Detroit. The trail has separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians. Entrance ramps for the trail can be found...
MI 1.8 mi Asphalt
Overview Along its 3.5-mile paved route, the RiverWalk offers breathtaking views of the Detroit River and city skyline. About the Route Recreational opportunities abound as the trail links...
MI 3.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The East-West Connector Trail is true to its name, providing an important off-road connection between several trails in the Downriver Linked Greenways network, which enables cyclists and pedestrians...
MI 2.1 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
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
Canton's ITC Corridor Trail makes use of a power-line utility corridor, converting this space that previously served as a barrier between neighborhoods into a means of connecting various parts of the...
MI 2.97 mi Crushed Stone
Clocking in at over four and a half miles, the ITC Corridor Trail in Novi is a fantastic recreational asset for the community, providing a paved pathway that connects neighborhoods and recreation...
MI 4.66 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
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
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
A popular destination year-round for residents across the Detroit area, the Lake Erie Metropark offers a wide variety of activities and recreation sites across its 1600-plus acres. Nestled along the...
MI 3 mi Asphalt
Lohr-Textile Greenway is an asphalt sidepath stretching more than 4 miles. The path has two segments—one north-south along Lohr Road between West Ellsworth and Textile Roads. The segment continues...
MI 4.2 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail closely follows the river for 4 miles through the town of Canton, located between the urban centers of Ann Arbor and Detroit. The compacted crushed stone pathway...
MI 4 mi Crushed Stone
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
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
Overview The North Coast Inland Trail (NCIT) represents a regional collaboration among park districts across the Buckeye State currently including Ottawa, Sandusky, Huron, and Lorain counties. This...
OH 29.64 mi Asphalt
The aptly-named North-South Connector Trail provides a paved trail connection between the communities of Gibraltar and Trenton, in the area south of Detroit known as the Downriver. Part of a...
MI 3.5 mi Asphalt
An extension of the paved paths that connect the Oakwoods, Willow, and Lower Huron Metroparks, the Oakwoods Metropark to Flat Rock Trail allows you to continue your trail experience into the small...
MI 2 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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
In 1875, the Bowling Green Railroad Company operated its first train from its namesake city in Ohio south to Tontogany on rails made from the wood of the local slippery elm tree. The trees were...
OH 13.1 mi Asphalt
Despite being less than a mile long, the Southwest Greenway provides important community connections to the riverfront and several city parks. Located in southwest Detroit, the greenway follows a...
MI 0.67 mi Concrete
For much of its 9-mile length, the Towpath Trail traces the scenic Maumee River, paralleling US 24 (at some distance), on the southwestern outskirts of Toledo. It traverses three parks as it follows...
OH 9.1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
A paved path, suitable for walking and cycling, the Trenton Walking Path follows the small but tranquil Frank and Poet Creek through a series of parks and green space that cuts right through the heart...
MI 2 mi Asphalt
The University/Parks Trail is a wide, paved trail that extends from Toledo into its western suburbs along a former railroad corridor. More than half the trail also parallels an active freight...
OH 6.3 mi Asphalt
Overview The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a 66-mile multiuse trail in northwest Ohio. Running along a former railroad, the rail-trail surface is a mix of paved asphalt and hard packed cinder...
OH 62.9 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, 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
Overview 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...
MI 6.8 mi Crushed Stone
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
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 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
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 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 31.7 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 Lakes Community Trail is a multi-use pathway in southwest Oakland County. The walking-and-biking path stretches four miles and links to parks within four adjacent communities; the City of Wixom,...
MI 4.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
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
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 Sylvania River Trail follows the Ottawa River as it flows through the heart of town. The trail is a pathway for residents to get closer to the river and enjoy nature's scenic beauty just steps...
OH 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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 Chessie Circle Trail (formerly Westside Corridor Rail-to-Trail) provides a paved (and compacted stone), 11-mile north-south route through western Toledo built along the former Toledo Terminal...
OH 11 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Dr. Richard D. Ruppert Rotary Trail circles International Park along the east bank of the Maumee River in East Toledo. The trail runs between the Main Street bridge and Navarre Avenue, where it...
OH 2.36 mi Asphalt
The Flat Rock Pathway is a paved asphalt path in the small, industrial community of Flat Rock, located on the banks of the Huron River not far from where it empties into Lake Erie. Part of the...
MI 3.5 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
Located atop Interstate 696 as it cuts through the Detroit suburbs of Oak Park and Southfield are the three parks. Back in the 1980s, the Orthodox Jewish community opposed the construction of this...
MI 2.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Running from the city of Monroe's popular Munson Park, through the city's charming historic downtown, and out to Sterling State Park - one of the most-frequented of Michigan's state parks - the River...
MI 7.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Providing nearly two and a half miles of paved trail through a mixture of suburban and industrial land, the Brownstown Township Trail may not be much of a destination trail, but it is a great resource...
MI 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Metro Connector Trail works as its name suggests, closing the gap between two local favorites in Novi: the M-5 Metro Trail and the I-275 Metro Trail. The trail begins on 13 Mile Road and then...
MI 2.5 mi Asphalt
A shared-use path parallels Michigan Avenue between Warner Road and Platt Road. The path connects to local government offices, the Pittsfield Township Farmer's Market as well as Prairie Park. It also...
MI 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Platt Road Trail is located on the east side of Platt Road and connects users to Lillie Park, where they can relax by the pond, picnic in a pavilion or take a stroll along its woodchip and...
MI 2.25 mi Asphalt
The Portage River Trail is a 1-mile trail that runs through the Village of Pemberville. The path crosses a river and passes farm fields, small town roads and an old train depot.
OH 1 mi Dirt
Stretching from the small riverside community of Rockwood to the East-West Connector Trail north of the city, the Rockwood Pathway provides a great way for cyclists and pedestrians to get around town...
MI 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Wabash Cannonball Trail Connector is a short, but valuable, paved route on the west end of Maumee that connects historical attractions, a popular park, and a rail-trail that spans more than 60...
OH 1.6 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

ITC Corridor Trail (Novi)

Easy-going Trail

July, 2024 by mlasp32

Well-maintained, quiet, smooth ride. Scenery of birds, bunnies, deer, marshes, grasses, wildflowers. Stopped to hear bullfrogs. Meanders along power line towers. Bring picnic for ITC park or Maybury.

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.

Dr. Richard D. Ruppert Rotary Trail

International park Trail, Toledo, Ohio

June, 2024 by dardiz75

Not a real good pick. Very rundown, overgrown plants, Graffiti. We went at dusk on a Friday night and the parking lot by the bay had a lot of people and unsafe looking. Would not recommend.

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

Wabash Cannonball Trail

Long Rides

June, 2024 by drrsg8g8fg

I live close to Fallen Timbers and pick up both the north and south paths often and I have road the whole south trail a couple times. I ride both a full suspension and no suspension mountain bikes from the early 2000s. Either is adequate for the parts of the trail I’ve road on. I find the trail beautiful. I’d like to make it out to Montpelier but have only made it just past the detour between Delta and Wauseon. The posted detour has you going about 4-5 miles on county roads. This is very dangerous. I would not recommend as the traffic is very fast and if cars come from both directions you have to get off and the off often ends up in a ditch and not easy. I’ve found it better to just continue on the path and avoid the detour. But this places you along the railroad tracks and it’s very difficult to ride. They are active tracks also and trains will come by. Riding on the trail though the detour is possible but rough and the part that goes over the tracks and along them is not marked well. It took some exploring to figure it out. I can’t speak for the trail after wauseon to Montpelier as I haven’t made it that far but the parts I’ve road are a great path for all day riding. You will have to cross streets along the way so you will have starting stopping.

Southwest Greenway

Best Trail...No Shade

May, 2024 by detroitjcs

Nice winding trail from Jefferson to Bagley for walkers, bikers, skaters, strollers 🚴🏾¿¿¿🚶🏾¿¿¿🤱🏾🛼 and they avoided what would have likely been mosquito 🦟 traps by filling holes with dirt 🪨 and plants 🪴 🌲 🌺 🌹 but on a hot day like today 🌡¿ you may want to avoid it because there is NO SHADE AT ALL.

Southwest Greenway

Nice Addition

March, 2024 by jarboe

This is a very nice short trail running from the Detroit River out to the Train Station. In early 2024 the West Riverfront Park is under construction so entrance to this trail on the south end by the river is tricky to find, you enter from Jefferson Avenue. Nice to see the Detroit Riverwalk growing in length each year. One of the nicest river fronts in the country.

ITC Corridor Trail (Canton)

just walked this trail earlier today some spots on trail was a muddy mess, it's a gravel trail... Other then that not a bad trail.

February, 2024 by jessiereid10279

just walked this trail earlier today some spots on trail was a muddy mess, it's a gravel trail... Other then that not a bad trail.

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.

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.

North Coast Inland Trail (Sandusky and Ottawa Counties)

Fremont to Bellevue

October, 2023 by vicki1960

Fremont to Bellevue section. Trail is flat and paved in good condition. Biked to Bellevue to lunch and back for a 25 mile round trip. Not much shade, goes through mostly farmlands. In the 12 miles from Fremont to Bellevue, 21 road crossings! Most of them there wasn't much traffic but you still had to stop, once you got going. In the past biked from Elmore to Fremont, found it to be more scenic.

Border-to-Border Trail

Trail needs better markings!

September, 2023 by 72qr2qp99s

I tried the trail for the first time today. I started at the parking lot off Barton. As I entered the city, I found it very confusing. Various trails ended up on city streets with no indication of where the trail picked up again. I finally was able to find my way to the long stretch along the river. More markings are needed, especially where the trail branches off, to help guide us on the right direction!

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