Michigan Horseback Riding Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Alpena to Hillman Trail

22 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt

Beaver Pete's Trail

20 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Bergland to Sidnaw Rail-Trail

43.5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt

Bill Nicholls Trail

41.5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Coalwood Trail

26.4 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Escanaba to Hermansville Rail-Trail

25.5 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Felch Grade Trail

38 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Freda Grade Trail

8.4 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Grand Marais Trail

41.7 mi
State: MI
Sand

Hancock-Calumet Trail

13.4 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Haywire Grade Trail

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

Iron Ore Heritage Trail

47 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Keweenaw Trails

58 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Little Falls Trail

6.5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Grass

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

34 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Musketawa Trail

25 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Nahma Grade Trail

32 mi
State: MI
Dirt
Accordion

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

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

Polly Ann Trail

34.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Republic/Champion Grade Trail

7.5 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

11 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Soo Strong Trail

32 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt, Sand

Southern Links Trailway

10.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Woodchips

St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail

26 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Gravel

State Line Trail

107.1 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Gravel

Van Buren Trail State Park

14 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Wadhams to Avoca Trail

12 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Watersmeet to Land O'Lakes Trail

8.8 mi
State: MI
Ballast
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The scenic Alpena to Hillman Trail runs for 22 miles across northern Michigan on a former railroad corridor. The surface is largely improved, so the trail is popular with hikers and mountain bikers,...
MI 22 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt
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
There’s no need to hold your breath along the Bergland to Sidnaw Rail-Trail while teetering across steep land bridges or crossing the impressive trestles that tower over streams and rivers because the...
MI 43.5 mi Ballast, Dirt
The Bill Nicholls Trail wanders for 41 miles through the Upper Peninsula’s scenic Copper Country, where visitors can spot wildlife and see remnants of the copper mining that flourished for more than...
MI 41.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
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
The Escanaba to Hermansville Rail-Trail runs 25 miles in Michigan's Upper Peninsula following the former Soo Line Railroad built in 1901. The multi-purpose trail can be used by hikers, mountain...
MI 25.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Felch Grade Trail is a rough-surfaced route between the communities of Narenta and Felch in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For most of its length, the trail parallels State Route 69, but your...
MI 38 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The Freda Grade Trail—also known as Trail 121 on Michigan snowmobile maps—connects with the Bill Nicholls Trail just north of South Range and offers riders a fun-filled trek to view Lake Superior to...
MI 8.4 mi Dirt
For more information on the Grand Marais Trail, between Shingleton and Grand Marais, contact the Michigan DNR. This trail is popular with snowmobilers.
MI 41.7 mi Sand
Take a trip through the heart of "Copper Country" on the Hancock/Calumet Trail. When more than three-quarters of the nation's copper came from this region of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Mineral Range...
MI 13.4 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
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
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 Crystal Falls to Iron River section of the Iron Range Trail system is primarily used by snowmobiles and ATVs. The trail follows an old railroad corridor through the bogs, lakes and forests of...
MI 25 mi Ballast
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 Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan has a vast network of trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and ORV use. For more information and for detailed...
MI 58 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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
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
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 Munith some 26...
MI 34 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Musketawa Trail is one of the best places to get away from it all if you live and work in the western Michigan population centers of Muskegon or Grand Rapids. The 25-mile paved rail-trail rolls...
MI 25 mi Asphalt
The Nahma Grade Trail is popular with snowmobilers; it's groomed in winter and links to other area snowmobile trails. The trail passes through a corridor of pine woods, open space and lowland sand...
MI 32 mi Dirt
Accordion
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
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 Polly Ann Trail is a 34-mile long, non-motorized trail extending north from suburban Detroit on a former Pontiac, Oxford & Northern Railroad corridor. The trail is managed separately by groups in...
MI 34.2 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
Over its 7.5 mile course, the Republic/Champion Grade Trail crosses 11 small bridges, skirts a couple of lakes and ponds, passes by bogs and beaver huts, and flows by and across creeks and rivers....
MI 7.5 mi Ballast
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 Soo Strongs Trail runs for 32 miles, mostly following part of an abandoned rail corridor of the old Soo Line, between Sault Ste. Marie and the small community of Eckerman. There's a gap in the...
MI 32 mi Ballast, Dirt, Sand
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 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 rugged State Line Trail is Michigan's longest and reddest (iron in the soil) rail-trail. There are over 50 bridges on the trail, often with incredible vistas over rivers. Eagle and osprey...
MI 107.1 mi Ballast, Gravel
Head for Van Buren Trail State Park and take a walk (or ride) on the wild side. Wildlife abounds on this rural 14 miles between Hartford and South Haven. While you might see deer, rabbit, fox and...
MI 14 mi Ballast
The Wadhams to Avoca Trail passes through 12 miles of woods and farmland in southeastern Michigan, but it’s the historic railroad bridge over Mill Creek that’s the big draw. Everyone from solo...
MI 12 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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
The name tells the tale of the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park. Rolling for 22 paved miles through the farms, orchards, and forests of western Michigan between Hart and Montague,...
MI 22.7 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail

Rode from Lowell to Ionia and back, the trail is mostly crushed stone. Rode my Terra trike and average about 10 mph. Nice ride

August, 2020 by cowboy111

Rode from Lowell to Ionia and back, the trail is mostly crushed stone. Rode my Terra trike and average about 10 mph. Nice ride

North Western State Trail

Great Ice Cream Parlor at Carp Lake.

August, 2020 by gaber.family

Jump off at Carp Lake and have Ice cream at Harbor Lights Grill. Great scenery too.

Leelanau Trail

absolutely beautiful

July, 2020 by mbdavey

Quiet, smooth and not too busy. Enjoyed the scenery of farmlands. Lots of benches and watering stops. Went from traverse city to Blackstar farms winery. Perfect summer day.

Accordion

Little Traverse Wheelway

Nice Trail

July, 2020 by hallzeehall

First time bikers, we went about 9 miles on this trail - very nice, several places to stop and check out the water and look for Petoskey stones and take a break. Rest Area available next to the trail as well was a good thing. Had a good time. A couple of closed areas due to the trail being washed out so hopefully those will be fixed soon, but a nice ride for us.

Polly Ann Trail

Dryden to Lakeville

July, 2020 by jbiggs13579

20 Miles on Polly Ann trail on Trek FX3 hybrid ....too bad Lapeer Cty cant maintain a trail like Oakland Cty....riding in Oakland Cty was like riding on the C&O canal trail....SMOOTH. 4 miles from Dryden to Bordman Rd was like riding on a washboard.....but good ride all the same. May try to get south of Oxford next time

Leelanau Trail

Smooth asphalt

July, 2020 by utahfoto

This is one of the nicest trails in Michigan, smooth pavement, well traveled, pretty scenery. The trail is interrupted in Suttons Bay for a mile or so before resuming for the last couple miles north of town. Perhaps the only thing which could improve the trail riding experience would be if the county would trim back the vegetation in the right of ways at more of the road crossings and thereby increase visibility and lines of sight for oncoming traffic.

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

Best part of the trail was Alma MI

July, 2020 by cpa2

We started the trail in Edmore where we found the parking lot and washroom facilities in excellent condition. The trip to Alma took us about three hours including a wonderful stop in Riverdale at the Riverdale Tavern that dates back to 1917! Great clean tavern with with very friendly service. We stopped there on our trip back as well. Yes the trail could use a little maintenance, but we are from IL where almost all the trails are in need of that. We found the trail's condition better than most. We traveled on a Monday and Tuesday so the traffic was very light. The best part was Alma. We stayed at Saravilla Bed and Breakfast. I highly recommend it for it's history, perfect location and bike friendly Innkeeper. We had diner at the Alma Brewing Company and it was superb. At 72 years of age I like to take our bike trips in two bites and it's rare to find such a welcoming town where we can stay for the turnaround.

Huron Sunrise Trail

Great ride!

July, 2020 by pblamer_tl

I would suggest starting at the baseball field parking lot north of the calcite plant then riding north to 40 Mile Point Lighthouse. Next time I will pack a cooler and swim suit so that when I end back at the ball field beach, I’ll spend the afternoon!

Interurban Trail (Kent County)

Almost like two different trails

July, 2020 by quilterbon

This trail is in two sections. The two sections are connected by riding on well-marked Buchanan Ave to Crown St to Walton Ave and a short section of 50th St.

From just north of 44th St to just south of 36th St it has been redone and is nice and smooth and maintained. The section from Kelloggsville Park just south of 50th St southward is really bumpy and not well maintained. It is also very hard to cross 54th St at certain times of the day. I wish the south section would get resurfaced as it is a great almost connector to the M6 trail. The East West trail takes off east from the Kelloggsville Park parking area.

North Bank Trail

Where does it go?

July, 2020 by stevej371

Very nice new trail from 144th St. all the way to Nunica.
At the trailhead in Nunica, there is a sign pointing south for the Spoonville Trail. There is no trail, shoulder, sidewalk or markings for this. Where does it join the Spoonville??

Michigan Air Line Trail

Smooth as glass, good connector trail too!

July, 2020 by bjaflan

This trail is newly completed so the blacktop surface is pristine for wheels! It passes through developed areas and wetlands. There's no shade between Wixom Rd and Haggerty Rd, so go when it's cooler outside. The trail has an entrance to Gunnar Mettala park in Wixom and there are bathrooms there.

The trail crosses some roads and, where appropriate, has crossing signals. There's a bridge over M-5, but as of July 2020, Google Maps doesn't know about it, so it will reroute you on busy streets to get across M-5. Ignore the reroute; the trail is clear.

As the description states, the trail is a great connector between the Huron Valley Trail and the West Bloomfield Trail. Many people have eagerly awaited for years for that!

As of July 2020, there is an installation of the Detroit Institute of Art's "Inside Out", with 4 reproductions of prints found in the DIA displayed right on the path (they are spread out; you'll need wheels to see them all). I believe this will last during the summer months but not sure.

Polly Ann Trail

Update for 2020

July, 2020 by bjaflan

I see no one has reviewed in 2020, so here goes.

As others said, the roughly 4 mile section between the Oakland-Lapeer county line and Dryden is rough. I have a hybrid bike and I did not enjoy this part, although it would be good for hiking or horseback. I did not go farther north than Dryden.

The section in Oakland county has a good surface. From the Lapeer-Oakland Co. line heading south, it is crushed limestone in some areas, and paved in others. If you're reading this in July 2020, there is a tree across the path just north of Leonard that you cannot get around or under, you must carefully lift your bike over it. It's probably 3' or 3.5' high at its lowest point. If you're heading north and planning to turn around to go back south at the county line, you won't miss much if you turn around at the downed tree. Not sure how often they clear the trail.

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