Mount Pleasant, MI Birding Trails and Maps

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Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System

17.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Bay-Zil Rail Trail

7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Big Rapids Riverwalk

3.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Chippewa Trail

4.1 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 Flat River Valley Rail Trail

21.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt

Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail

15.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

41.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

92.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail

3.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Grand Curve Trail

4.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Hampton Township Nature Trail

2.4 mi
State: MI
Gravel

Harger Line Rail-Trail

10.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

30 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pere Marquette State Trail

53 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Portland Riverwalk

9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Saginaw Township Pathway

3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

11 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
Accordion

Thomas Township Trail

2.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Tittabawassee Township Path

5.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Zilwaukee Pathway

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System 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. From the same 17-mile paved...
MI 17.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, 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
The Big Rapids Riverwalk travels alongside the scenic Muskegon River and connects downtown Big Rapids with several recreational amenities, including Hemlock Park, Northend Riverside Park, and Swede...
MI 3.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
The Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee (CIS) Rail Trail stretches 41 miles between the mid-Michigan towns of Ionia and Owosso, offering a mix of pastoral and wooded landscapes. It crosses three...
MI 41.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 and wetlands....
MI 6.5 mi Asphalt
The largely unimproved Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail links the cities of Lowell, Belding and Greenville in Kent, Ionia and Montcalm counties, respectively. While plans call for the eventual...
MI 21.7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt
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
The paved Fred Meijer Heartland Trail rolls for 42 miles through farmland and forests in central Michigan as it links a half-dozen rural towns with recreational opportunities. Its route follows the...
MI 41.8 mi Asphalt
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park connects a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s...
MI 92.6 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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
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
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
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
Many factors contribute to the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail’s popularity. It runs for 30 miles on smooth asphalt that is well maintained and, at 14 feet, wide enough to ride or walk side-by-side. At...
MI 30 mi Asphalt
The Pere Marquette State Trail, managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, begins in Clare and courses for 53 miles west through beautiful woodlands and fields to Baldwin. If you want to...
MI 53 mi Asphalt, 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
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
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 miles, the...
MI 11 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Thomas Township Trail provides a paved, north-south route of just over 2 miles through this Michigan community. It begins at a connection with the popular Saginaw Valley Rail Trail, which heads...
MI 2.3 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 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

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Recent Trail Reviews

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

Fun Trail

May, 2022 by racing1on1

I have started at Stroebel Road and made it all the way into St. Charles, I have enjoy the wildlife, scenery, and the opportunity to utilize benches that are along the trail to rest. The trailer shelf is pretty maintained. Only minor blemishes. In recent years there are newer pathways that branch off the main trail that will go towards Thomas Township.

Bay-Zil Rail Trail

Great for scenery

May, 2022 by racing1on1

I love this trail is 7 miles long. The longer the better in my opinion. While prior reviews have mentioned some upkeep that needs to be done (not completed as of May 2022) they are minor blemishes in my opinion. This trail offers fantastic scenery, wildlife, and if you’re fortunate enough you’ll see the big ships on the river, along with plans taking off and landing at James Clements Airport. I hope there is progress made to link this trail to the Zilwaukee pathway.

Zilwaukee Pathway

Nice Starter Trail

May, 2022 by racing1on1

Nice little trail for walking, biking and online skating. Clean with little elevation changes.

Accordion

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

Rail Trail over the years

April, 2022 by davidgail

This trail is maintained by Saginaw County Parks Dept:
https://www.saginawcounty.com/departments/parks-recreation/parks-trails/saginaw-valley-rail-trail/
Very well taken care of!
The horse path hops on and off the main trail at road crossings and bridges.
Horse path is kept cleared sporadically - but I have never seen it used, nor evidence of use (road-apples).
A great trail for all ages!

Thomas Township Trail

Nice trail for biking or walking!

April, 2022 by davidgail

I have started this trail at Swan Creek High School parking (when school is out), at Shields Road by the Township Police Dept, and also from the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail.
All paved, wide, well-maintained, easy going, nice variety of scenery along the way.
Turning onto this from Saginaw Valley Rail Trail is a nice addition to that experience.
And a 1-mile ride down Ohern Road gets you to Roberts Community Park, another pleasant location.
Lots of open riding with only a little shade, can get hot in the summer sun.
You may get a chance to see a snapping turtle along the ditch in Kluck Nursery property.
Crossing M-46 at Meijer's in Shields can be a little nerve-wracking!

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

Very Nice

November, 2021 by sarahibrandl

November 2021 rode from Alma out 15 miles and back. Parked in city parking at very start of trail. Parking there a short ride on trail crossing a few easy to cross streets till reaching College area where the main trail opens up. We saw parking in College is where most parked. Heavy leaf cover this time of year, so could not see trail most of time, trail had a few areas of bumps. Over all the ride was smooth. Will ride rest soon.

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

Great ride from Alma to Vestaburg

November, 2021 by marshajeanh

Really nice ride with good amount of tree canopy. Trail surface in good shape.

Bay-Zil Rail Trail

Nice Bird viewing in wetlands

November, 2021 by marshajeanh

Very enjoyable ride, nice trail.

Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail

Fred Meijer CIS Rail Trail

October, 2021 by laculver7

From Owosso to Ionia it’s a great riding trail. Love the mix of shade, sun, wild life. The small towns along the way offer pit stops (Trail heads) for food, water and restrooms. Very surprised it’s not busier, also kinda glad! More connections to come to other trails will be added bonus.

Harger Line Rail-Trail

The Best Rollerskating Path

September, 2021 by nikianarchy

The smoothest, cleanest pathway for skating with minimal traffic crossings. Plus all the people here are the kindest and we have the best dogs of any path. Beautiful abundant nature.
My.bio/nikianarchy for videos and pics :)

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

beautiful day and great trail from North Bradley to Claire

September, 2021 by patricia.l.glasgow

The trail has many restrooms and is in good shape. Beautiful trees and farms along the way.

Fred Meijer Flat River Trail

Short but surprising

September, 2021 by joe maitner

Biked the Flat River Trail on a Sunday afternoon in August. We found the Tower Park parking lot easily and with a little search the trailhead across from the parking lot. In short order we were biking along the Flat River and had to watch carefully for the Trail markers. The newly paved sections and the cut off to another trail was a bit confusing but with a brief backtrack we continued on the trail. About two thirds of the way we were a bit confused again as we approached some busy roads just passed the high school. We guessed right and found the tunnel under the busy road and continued on...this led to the surprising portion of the trail....a few hills leading to the trail around Baldwin and Manoka lakes (both very small)....and with a bit of coaching from other bikers we were able to stay with the trail and find the parking lot. It was a short trail but very worthwhile. Beautiful scenery, curves, a few doable hills and a few surprises. Loved itl

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