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Length
Surfaces
Type

Albion River Trail

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Alpena Bi-Path

14 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Cinder

Apple Blossom Trail

3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Battle Creek Linear Park

25.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Baw Beese Trail

8.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Beaver Pete's Trail

20 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Betsie Valley Trail

22.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Big Rapids Riverwalk

3.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Border-to-Border Trail

19.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Boyne Valley Trailway

6.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Bridge to Bay Trail

37.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Bruno's Run Trail

9.25 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Buck Creek Trail (MI)

2.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Clinton River Park Trail

4.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Clinton River Trail

16 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Coalwood Trail

26.4 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Detroit RiverWalk

3.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Falling Waters Trail

10.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Flint River Trail (MI)

17 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Fred Meijer Millennium Trail

11 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
Accordion

Grand Haven Waterfront Trail

2.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Haywire Grade Trail

33 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Sand

Houghton-to-Chassell Rail Trail

8.6 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Huron Valley Trail

12.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Iron Ore Heritage Trail

47 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

34 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Kent Trails

22.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

L'Anse to Big Bay Trail

54 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Lake Erie Metropark Trail

3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Lakeside Trail

25.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Lansing River Trail

25.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Leelanau Trail

16.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Linear Trail Park

16.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Little Falls Trail

6.5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Grass

Little Traverse Wheelway

23.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Marquette Multi-Use Path

19 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail

11.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

North Central State Trail

62 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

North Eastern State Trail

71 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

North Western State Trail

32 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

North-South Connector Trail

3.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Paint Creek Trail (MI)

8.9 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

30 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Peshekee to Clowry Rail-Trail

6.1 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel

Portland Riverwalk

9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

River Raisin Heritage Trail

7.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

11 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Shingle Mill Pathway

12 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Southern Links Trailway

10.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Woodchips

Spoonville Trail

1.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail

26 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Gravel

Tyoga Historical Pathway

1.4 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt, Grass

Watersmeet to Land O'Lakes Trail

8.8 mi
State: MI
Ballast
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
Alpena's Bi-Path covers 14 miles of ground in an urban landscape, taking in scenic views of Lake Huron and Thunder Bay River, as well as skirting Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. The paved trail follows a...
MI 14 mi Asphalt, Cinder
The Apple Blossom Trail connects the communities of Caspian and Iron River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It traces the banks of the Iron River (popular for trout fishing) and, for much of the way,...
MI 3 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
Beaver Pete's Trail follows portions of an old railroad corridor in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The trail is popular in winter with snowmobilers. For more information, contact the city of Iron...
MI 20 mi Ballast
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 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 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
Though the plan for a trail along the former Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena Railroad has existed since at least 2000, it took two decades to see the trail come to fruition. Thanks to the persistent...
MI 6.3 mi Asphalt
The Bridge to Bay Trail extends from the village of Lake Port on Lake Huron south to Algonac on the St. Clair River; however, only about 37.5 miles of the 54 planned miles are completed as of early...
MI 37.5 mi Asphalt
Bruno's Run Trail is a 9-mile loop in the Hiawatha National Forest. The trail is open for mountain biking, hiking and snowshoeing. Because it's not groomed in winter, only advanced cross-country...
MI 9.25 mi Dirt
Following the north side of the creek, the Buck Creek Trail provides a pleasant route through Grandville's neighborhoods and, with a newer extension, connects the downtown area with a network of...
MI 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Clinton River Park Trail winds along the east bank of its namesake river connecting three northern suburbs of Detroit: Shelby Township, Utica, and Sterling Heights. The paved pathway runs through...
MI 4.5 mi Asphalt
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 Coalwood Trail runs east–west for 26.4 miles between the Cusino State Wildlife Research Area and the town of Chatham. The trail traverses wooded and open terrain in parts of the Hiawatha National...
MI 26.4 mi Ballast
Along its 3.5-mile route, the RiverWalk offers breathtaking views of the Detroit River and city skyline. Recreational opportunities abound as the trail links Milliken State Park and numerous plazas...
MI 3.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Jackson County's Falling Waters Trail serves as an important community connector, linking the outskirts of the vibrant City of Jackson to the picturesque Village of Concord, which brims with Victorian...
MI 10.5 mi Asphalt
The Flint River Trail begins near downtown at the University of Michigan-Flint campus and heads north along both sides of the Flint River to Bluebell Beach on the reservoir, a popular county park that...
MI 17 mi Asphalt
The Fred Meijer Millennium Trail courses through the 1,500-acre Millennium Park in Walker, a community southwest of Grand Rapids. The trail network has both paved and crushed stone trails, allowing...
MI 11 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
Accordion
Grand Haven's Waterfront Trail is scenic route from the shore of Lake Michigan inland along the Grand River a short ways. You'll find shops and eateries, as well as plenty of boats, on the Grand...
MI 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Harbor Beach Bike-Pedestrian Path links the North Park Campground with the bathing beach by the pier at the end of Trescott Street. It also provides access to the marina.
MI 1 mi Asphalt
Opened in 1970, the Haywire Trail was the first rail-trail in Michigan; it follows the former Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad. The multi-use pathway is primarily used by ATV riders in summer and...
MI 33 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Sand
Closure Notice: Since June 2018, the trail has been closed to the public due to damage sustained from flooding. Michigan DNR is working on making repairs to the trail, which are estimated to be...
MI 8.6 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
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 Iron Ore Heritage Trail traverses 47 miles across the Marquette Iron Range in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. The rail-trail, which was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2018,...
MI 47 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
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
More than a half-dozen old railroad towns between Kalamazoo and South Haven offer rest and replenishment to travelers using the Kal-Haven Trail. The 34-mile crushed-limestone rail-trail links these...
MI 34 mi Crushed Stone
An easy, flat, and well-maintained trail system, the Kent Trails provide transportation and access to nature in the bustling, second-largest metropolitan area in Michigan. The southern trail section...
MI 22.2 mi Asphalt
The L'Anse to Big Bay Trail is a popular snowmobile trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The trail runs between the town of L'Anse and Big Bay, along the shore of Lake Superior through Sawyer Lake...
MI 54 mi Dirt
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
The Lakeside Trail system offers more than 25 miles of paved paths through the villages of Fruitport, Ferrysburg, and Spring Lake. Its main loop circles Spring Lake (the lake) and encompasses spur...
MI 25.9 mi Asphalt
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 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
The Linear Trail Park trail winds its way through the town of Grand Haven paralleling several of the town's main thoroughfares. It connects on the west side at two points to the Lake Shore Connector...
MI 16.9 mi Asphalt
The Little Falls Trail is located on the southern end of Bond Falls Flowage in the Watersmeet Ranger District of the Ottawa National Forest. Contact the national forest for more information.
MI 6.5 mi Ballast, Grass
Closure notice: As of 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
Mackinac Island is truly deserving of its status as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Michigan. Although small—less than 4 square miles—the island offers an abundance of natural and...
MI 8.3 mi Asphalt
Marquette's Multi-Use Path encompasses 19 miles of paved trail that circles the city from Presque Isle Park in the north to the town of Harvey in the south. The trail provides access to neighborhoods,...
MI 19 mi Asphalt
Muskegon's Lakeshore Trail provides scenic views of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, while also passing among beautiful sand dunes, lively parks and the city of Muskegon itself. Small sections of the...
MI 11.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
The 71-mile North Eastern State Trail, along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway, provides a mostly solitary and meditative experience as you travel through wetlands, farmland, forests, and a few...
MI 71 mi Crushed Stone
The North Western State Trail—formerly known as the Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail after its endpoints—passes through many communities along the way, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Brutus, Pellston,...
MI 32 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
Even though the Paint Creek Trail is Michigan’s oldest nonmotorized rail-trail, the occasional face-lifts and renovations keep it looking as young as ever. Established in 1983, the crushed-limestone...
MI 8.9 mi Crushed Stone
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 Peshekee to Clowry Rail-Trail is straight and flat, following an old railroad grade that parallels Ida Road north of the town of Champion. The trail crosses the Escanaba River in several places as...
MI 6.1 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
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
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
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
The Shingle Mill Pathway is a series of trail loops for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. Horses and snowmobiles are not permitted on the Shingle Mill Pathway. All the loops begin...
MI 12 mi Dirt
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
At its southern end, the Spoonville Trail begins near the Grand River in western Michigan's Robinson Township. Bicyclists and pedestrians can safely cross the river on a concrete-barrier-protected...
MI 1.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail is located almost entirely within the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The follows an abandoned rail corridor from the town of St. Ignace...
MI 26 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Tyoga Historical Pathway is a remote, 1.4-mile loop trail deep in the woods of northern Michigan. From State Route 28 (M-28), the trail is about 2 miles north on North Point Road (Laughing...
MI 1.4 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass
The Watersmeet to Land O'Lakes Trail follows a former railroad corridor between the towns of Watersmeet, in the north, and Land O'Lakes, in the south. The trail is used by snowmobiles and ATVs, as...
MI 8.8 mi Ballast

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Recent Trail Reviews

Leelanau Trail

My Favorite Rail Trail!

June, 2021 by natalieolson0872

This is an absolutely beautiful trail! Since it was paved from Traverse City to Sutton’s Bay, the trail is smooth, with gentle inclines and descents. It winds through forests, orchards, vineyards, and farms. Absolutely spectacular scenery. And a great workout without huge hills that stress the joints! My husband and I have ridden many rails to trails pathways in many states and this one is in the top 5! Love it!

Southern Links Trailway

Perfect trail

June, 2021 by prholland95

We have come back to this one many times because of the mostly flat, paved trail. It’s lovely with its tree-covered tunnels along most of the trail.

William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park

Hart-Montague Trail

May, 2021 by joelschekman

It’s true what other people said , the trail is incredibly smooth except for a few hundred yards at the beginning in Montague. Also stop in at the Country Dairy farm about half way along the trail between Shelby and New Era. Great food and restaurant and good place to rest for a bit . Definitely the smoothest trail I’ve ever been on

Accordion

Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail

Very nice trail!

May, 2021 by kenyond99

Rode this trail in May, 2021 and found it to be beautiful. Started near Whitehall road and went north. Trail is smooth and very scenic.

Island Lake Pathway

Nice scenery, terrible pavement for bikes

May, 2021 by alacitelli

This is a very nice trail for walkers and scenery, 4 miles one-way, and includes nice beach access with a large grassy area and wide beach, plenty of parking.

The trail connects to Kensington Metropark's paved trail (9 mile circle) so one can have an extended ride - however - Island Lake's trail is much like Michigan roads: bumpy, hole-y, poor condition. Recently a small section was repaved through the pine trees (beautiful portion of ride, nice smells!) but the rest of the trail just beats up the bike (IMO).

Lots of road bikers just ride the main road instead which is much, much smoother than the trail and most of the cars are respectful of bikers. (put lights on your bike!)

There is a dirt path off the paved trail that goes down to Trout Lake (not the main lake at the beach) which is rather sandy but a nice challenge to ride around the lake. This lake is where a lot of beachgoers walk to for more privacy in little beaches scattered around the lake. Plus, the water is very clear.

There are plans for the trail to be extended through the entire park to meet up with the Lakeland Trail, which current ends at US23/M36 but will be extended along US 23 (under the bridge at Silver Lake) to meet up with the paved trail on the east side of US23 that goes to the Green Oak Mall behind JCPenny where many bikers park and ride into Island Lake.

When the connection is made, the entire Lakeland Trail (western end at Munith) will then connect to all the trail that go all the way to Port Huron.

William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park

very smooth flat and scenic trail

May, 2021 by ielpmike

This is my favorite bike out. It is super smooth and well maintained.

Paint Creek Trail (MI)

Rainy Saturday Ride

May, 2021 by ashmonm

We tried to beat the rain but didn’t make it. The trail is uphill from Rochester Hills to Lake Orion; the inclines are gradual. The ride back, even with the wind and rain against us, was fast and easy. We’ll try again.

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail

Disappointed

May, 2021 by wbschnug

We were excited to try this trail, and enjoy the views of both Lake Michigan & Lake Muskegon. We started from Beachwood Park, and took the Boardwalk Loop to connect to the trail. We were only a few miles in before discovering the trail was closed. There were no suggested detours, and heading north, we could find no way back to the trail. On the way back we rode the boardwalk - scenic , but very short ride.

Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail

Not your typical rail trail

May, 2021 by tim36r

Starting at the end of the Musketawa trail that is a true rail to trail, this follows a rail bed for less than a mile. The next couple of miles are along side a rail bed but go up an down at their own pace. Cross under the highway and you get a long down hill winding back up to 3 mile road. Next couple of miles are on concrete along 3 mile road with hills up and down. Completed in 2020 the last section is a twisting down hill to west river drive. Overall a great trail but be ready to climb hold

Polly Ann Trail

Amazing

May, 2021 by aaron.hill

I haven’t had a problem with this trail. This is the trail that I have been on my hole life and it’s the best one

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

could be a jewel-but-it’s not good

May, 2021 by chaspenny

We rode 5 miles eastbound from Bloomingdales and the trail was rideable but in need of maintenance. The restroom at the Bloomingdales trailhead was the worst I have seen in. Any Steve we have ridden in. The next day we rode west from Grand Junction to South Haven. Rideable yes but we could not take our eyes off the trail path because of the vary soft and deep limestone powder in many areas. There were at least 2 spots that looked like someone took Nasty

Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail

Great trail option for staying off roads!

May, 2021 by abandonedbrain

Previous reviewer had it pretty accurate for the Lowell to Belding stretch. Paved in the cities, leads to hard-pack (like crushed gravel/old asphalt but highly compressed) with some dirt mixed in. Mtb bikes, hybrids and gravel bikes will not have any problems here; I rode an average 15MPH from 4 Mile (Lowell side) up to north of Belding and back on a gravel bike, very few soft spots and they were marked for repair. And I'm a larger guy, but no worries about tires. Land around the trails was beautiful!

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