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Betsie Valley Trail

22.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Leelanau Trail

16.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Little Traverse Wheelway

23.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

North Central State Trail

62 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently...
MI 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national...
MI 60 mi Ballast
The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the...
MI 16.6 mi Asphalt
Closure notice: As at April 2020, dangerous conditions due to erosion of the trail have necessitated the closure of portions of this trail. Visit the trail manager's website for closure details as...
MI 23.7 mi Asphalt
The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both...
MI 62 mi Crushed Stone

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North Central State Trail

MI - 62 miles

The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both...

Little Traverse Wheelway

MI - 23.7 miles

Closure notice: As at April 2020, dangerous conditions due to erosion of the trail have necessitated the closure of portions of this trail. Visit the trail manager's website for closure details as...

Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles

Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently...

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the...

Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles

Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently...

North Central State Trail

MI - 62 miles

The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both...

Irons Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 60 miles

The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national...

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the...

Accordion

Little Traverse Wheelway

MI - 23.7 miles

Closure notice: As at April 2020, dangerous conditions due to erosion of the trail have necessitated the closure of portions of this trail. Visit the trail manager's website for closure details as...

Irons Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 60 miles

The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national...

Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles

Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently...

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the...

Little Traverse Wheelway

MI - 23.7 miles

Closure notice: As at April 2020, dangerous conditions due to erosion of the trail have necessitated the closure of portions of this trail. Visit the trail manager's website for closure details as...

Accordion

North Central State Trail

MI - 62 miles

The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both...

Recent Trail Reviews

North Central State Trail

Trail is in great shape

July, 2020 by utahfoto

Rode from Mackinaw City to Wolverine. All miles are odometer from Mackinaw City trail head, Cheboygan = 16.2 (water and restrooms at trail head), Topinabee = 28.5 (water and restrooms at trail head), Indian River = 34 (I think I saw restrooms, but I'm not sure since I didn't stop), Wolverine = 44 miles. Nice river and lake views, occasional creek and or babbling brooks. Plenty of places to eat and drink along the way. Last year I did the section from Waters, up thru Gaylord on onto Wolverine so with today's ride, I completed the trail. There is a good bit of shade in the MC to Cheboygan section and not much shade from Indian River to Wolverine. It was 92 degrees towards the end of my ride.

North Central State Trail

Cheboygan to Indian River

July, 2020 by susan.schnell

Very nice flat trail. 17.5 mi. Trees on both sides made for a mostly shaded trail. The first and last part was along farms and wooded areas. In the middle was along beautiful Lake Mullet. There were many pretty flowers. I enjoyed looking at the lake houses and cottages as well. A great ride.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Pretty and bumpy ride

June, 2020 by gatorcritter

Rode 20 miles roundtrip north from Big Rapids. Much of the trail is very rough and bumpy. I rode this section two years ago and it has clearly gotten worse. It is apparent that snowmobiles are causing damage as the worst of the pavement is found in open areas that get more sun. It is a very pretty section of trail with views of the river and a lot of deer in the fields. I hope DNR decides to invest in this trail's maintenance before it becomes unrideable for road bikes.

Accordion

Leelanau Trail

Very relaxing ride through the countryside

June, 2020 by dan.hodge.1968

Very relaxing ride through the countryside

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Okay Trail

June, 2020 by jinxxyboo

Biked this trail from Belmont entrance all the way past downtown Rockford, its just a straight away trail with no loops or anything. There was a lot of green scenery & neighborhoods to look at.

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Southern half of the Heritage Trail

May, 2020 by kkmason

I rode from Glen Arbor (Alligator Hill trailhead) to Empire. As long as I was on the outskirts of Empire, I rode down to Empire Beach — beautiful! I loved every bit of this section of the Heritage Trail. Yes, there were some steep climbs going southbound, which required serious downshifting. I also discovered that the northbound ride had a long continuous uphill grade which was fun going into Empire, but surprisingly effort on the return ride. I’ll ride the Glen Arbor going north section next, but I’ll certainly return to this beautiful southbound ride. Two thumbs up! ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Pretty awesome trail for a long ride

May, 2020 by joshuaco09

Rode this trail on 5/1/20 starting in Riverside park heading north. The trail itself is all paved and really smooth until it turns to grass/gravel right around Sand Lake. Even this part was not terrible but I turned around after 6-8 miles to head back towards the pavement.

The views through Rockford were quite amazing. The trail was also very busy upon return to GR and Rockford.

Highly recommend this trail for biking, walking, blading.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Great Trail-September 2019 Ride

October, 2019 by vicki1960

We parked at the Trailhead just South of Cadillac. Biked 2 miles into the city of Cadillac for lunch. There's also some great little shops in Cadillac.
Biked from Cadillac to LeRoy and back, approx 35 miles round trip.
Trail is very nicely paved asphalt through open areas and wooded areas.
Great ride on the Northern section of the trail.
Between Cadillac and LeRoy you will pass through Tustin which has a few small stores if you need anything.
Along the trail there are wooded sections of huge white pine trees.

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

Hills and Turns

October, 2019 by vicki1960

September, 2019 ride. We ventured out close to sunset. Accessed the trail out of Empire. Parking and restroom at the Empire Trail head, the beginning of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We headed North.
Trail is asphalt paved in good condition and goes through a wooded area. Has many turns and not just grades, but actual hills. There are signs. These hills provides a great workout! If you just want to roll along, you're going to have to work at it.
We saw turkey and deer just before sunset.

Betsie Valley Trail

Frankfort to Beulah-September,2019

September, 2019 by vicki1960

Parked in the town of Frankfort. There is a trailhead and lot one block from town, near the Police Station.
Yes there is a less than quarter of a mile section of the trail closed at Betsie Lake but you can go around the closed section. It is clearly marked and orange cones are out. Or you can just park at the lot in Elberta, which is across the road from Betsie Lake.
We biked from Frankfort to just beyond Beulah towards Thompsonville and back. Trail goes through wooded areas and open areas and wetlands. Gorgeous scenery.
The first 6 miles are flat and fast asphalt paved. Beyond M-115 it turns to gravel. Then the trail goes along Crystal Lake, which is beautiful. So the scenery makes up for the bumpy gravel section.
Just before Beulah you will come to Railroad Crossing Nature Area. Take the new wooden steps up to the overlook for a stunning view of Crystal Lake. On a sunny say, it's so clear the water looks blue.
In Beulah there are several places to eat. We parked our bikes in front of the restaurant and went inside and no one bothered them.
Beulah is biker friendly, there are bike lanes on the streets.
Heading out of Beulah towards Thompsonville the trail is gravel and bumpy. We didn't venture too far that way.
Well marked trail and trailheads and friendly people.
When in Frankfort, the trail ends 1/4 mile from the beach so take the trek to the beach and Lighthouse. Enjoy a gorgeous sunset.
In Frankfort there are several eateries and we left our bikes in front and no one bothered them.
All in all, a great trail offers nice stops. From Frankfort to just beyond Beulah and back was a 25 mile round trip.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Good for all bikes except road for entire length

August, 2019 by heather.macdonald93

Planned and completed the entire trail starting from Grand Rapids Comstock Park to downtown Cadillac and back, last weekend. Was riding a gravel bike and can say that the gravel sections including the paved were so much fun to ride on. That being said, there are some deeper gravel and sand sections, mainly in the smaller cities at the crosswalks, so beware. Not bad, but you’d want to keep your eyes out for it. A fair amount of restroom stops, if you plan them. Highly recommend stopping in Rockford for a brew. Abundant campgrounds in Cadillac. Very much a friend and family group area though, so a little clustered. Stayed the second night at the Young’s Lake Campground and I could not recommend more! Very friendly owners greet you at the front and it’s not too big. It has its own little beach right in front of a lake. Some winding roads to get there, but super worth it. The stars were amazing. Great trail throughout, but when they do get to paving the entire trail, I’m sure it’d make the distance a lot easier and more accessible (although I personally liked the silence with no one else around but nature) FYI saw some Blue Racer snakes on the trail near Cadillac. Nonpoisonous, but you’ll be surprised. Recommend friendsofthewhitepinetrail.com for more details along the trail.

Leelanau Trail

Loved it!

August, 2019 by frankpizzo

Started in Traverse City- larked in the Tom’s Market parking lot. Trail is super smooth and very easy- elevation changes are not that bad. Trail is marked every mile and there are some vineyard views. You will cross 5 or so roads but traffic is very light. One location along the way- resident placed water, chairs, a chalk table and a bike pumps out for a fun rest area. The end takes you into Sutton bay and we negotiated the little town and got to a great view of Sutton’s bay- I will be back!

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