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

Battle Creek Linear Park

I used to ride this trail several times a week about 20 years ago. I rode the section from Jackson Street to Fort Custer State Park on Sunday. The trail is in such bad shape. Very disappointed.

April, 2021 by ames459

I used to ride this trail several times a week about 20 years ago. I rode the section from Jackson Street to Fort Custer State Park on Sunday. The trail is in such bad shape. Very disappointed.

Grosse Ile Trail

Nice but rough 4/21

April, 2021 by lperry3

The north part of this trail is quite nice, but the south half is very rough. The south end has many driveways cut through the older trail surface which makes for a rough ride. I rode this trail with my recumbent trike and will not do it again.

ITC Corridor Trail (Novi)

Nice Trail

April, 2021 by slavamon

Very nice ride with some natural areas. Subdivision contractor should be fined for disrupting the trail for so long. Apparently, it’s been going on for over a year. The biggest issue is the contractor has cut off the asphalt where they are working and there’s a drop off of nearly a foot that you don’t notice when going south until you’re right at the end of end. You have to go around on mud/grass (if you see it in time)!

Accordion

Southern Links Trailway

Southern Links Trailway

April, 2021 by abood1-2

This is a good biking trailer I really enjoy the quietness of it most time just birds singing.

West Bloomfield Trail

Clean and Well Maintained

April, 2021 by sufen

The trail is nice, clean and beautiful. Further, it is not too crowded. We really enjoyed the hiking .

Border-to-Border Trail

Wonderful trail connecting Ypsi, Ann Arbor, Dexter and Chelsea

March, 2021 by ceanahikari

As a disclaimer, the Border-to-Border Trail isn't technically complete yet. There are still connecting pieces of it being worked on and created, but once this trail is complete you will be able to ride from Ypsilanti all the way to Chelsea without once having to turn onto any roads.

I rode this trail a lot in summer 2020, starting in Ypsi and making my way to either Ann Arbor or Dexter. It is a shared trail and goes through some very popular parks, so expect to see more leisurely bikers, runners/walkers and families on parts of this trail. Unless you're heading out very early or very late, this is not the trail to smash PRs or sprint on. It is a wonderful trail for scenic routes, has plenty of places to stop for a snack break (tables available in parks) and has access to restrooms (also available in the parks). There are a couple water fountains in certain sections on the trail for refilling any water bottles and there are also bike stations with air pumps for any needed bike repairs while on the trail.

There are sections that definitely need some TLC - hence the 4 star rating - mainly the section right after the Gallup Park wooden bridge (when heading west). The path here is rough - the pavement is rutted, not smooth and often I have to ride in the middle of the path since the edges are worn and broken. The going is very slow here -- but hopefully that will be repaired sometime in the future.

The Ann Arbor "terminus" is at Bandemeer Park. There currently isn't a connection to the Dexter portion of the B2B trail (currently being worked on and not slated for completion until 2022, I believe), so if you wish to continue your journey to Dexter some road riding is needed. You can either ride through the Barton Hills neighborhood (the first left outside of Bandemeer Park) to Huron River Drive, or take a shorter route through the Barton Nature Area to connect to Huron River Drive. The route through Barton Nature Area is short while the ride through Barton Hills is longer and has some steep hills (especially near the Barton Hills Golf Course). Still a pretty ride, though. Once you get to Huron River Drive -- there's no bike lanes but it's a popular road cycling route so drivers are usually familiar with seeing cyclists there. It's about 6 miles of curvy road riding on Huron River Drive before you can connect to the Dexter portion of the B2B trail. Ypsilanti to downtown Dexter is the longest section of the trail I've ridden so far, so I can't comment on the Dexter to Chelsea route.

Overall I highly recommend this trail, and I really commend the cities of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Dexter and Chelsea for creating and managing it. You can ride select parts of the trail or all of the trail -- since the B2B goes through main parks it's easy to drive and park at different spots to start. And since the trails also pass through or near each of the cities' downtown areas, you can also easily hop off to check out any restaurants, events or sites in town. My favorite stops are the Argo Cascades in Ann Arbor (you can pull to the side of the trail and watch the kayakers and tubers go down the river -- and even take a dip in the river if it's a particularly hot day), the local Dairy Queen in Dexter during the summer, the Dexter Cider Mill in the fall, and Go! Ice Cream in Ypsilanti any time of the year. When I'm doing shorter, leisurely rides with others I like to pack a lunch and bike from the east end of Gallup Park (off N Dixboro Road) to the Argo Cascades and stop to have lunch on the river bank and bike back, or bike from Ypsilanti to Gallup Park, have a picnic at Gallup Park and then bike back to Ypsilanti.

As one last head's up there is a local bike shop near the Ann Arbor B2B trail if you have any major bike issues during your trip - Sic Transit Cycles - only about 200 feet from the trail, right by the Argo Cascades.

Genesee Valley Trail

Good trail in the city!

March, 2021 by gdenherder93

This is a nice, paved trail that is perfect for biking, running, or walking. The signs made the trail easy to follow. I’m glad I found this trail for a nice run while I was in town for the weekend. I felt safe on this trail, though it was bright and clear out.

Kensington Metropark Trail

Great trail/beautiful scenery

March, 2021 by trafik25

The path is well maintained even in winter. The views at Kensington are truly spectacular, especially in fall on the I-96 side looking across Kent Lake. 4-stars because... COVID has brought out A LOT of foot traffic and it’s fairly clear many don’t know trail etiquette. It’s hard to get into any rhythm on a weekend because you’re dodging pedestrians. And many of them will move for you but some just stay in your way causing you to ditch into the grass. If you want a nice ride, go on a weeknight after work to avoid the COVID crowds.

Lake Erie Metropark Trail

Always a great ride!

February, 2021 by ryanplewis05

I live a couple miles away and I ride this trail often. Only a couple miles long but you get a nice mix of forest, marsh, and lakeside views! Path is smooth and cleared very quickly after snowfall, highly recommend!

Stony Creek Metropark Trail

Great trail

February, 2021 by nwexler1999

I have a recumbent trike and this is one of my favorite trails to ride on. The path is all paved and well maintained so I never have no worry about going off road. I even ride in and going fishing in the lake at the park.

Lansing River Trail

Beautiful and very well maintained (even in Winter)

February, 2021 by 7wbbk8ihpg

Have been walking those every weekend for the past month and must say that it is my favorite local trail. You will see a little bit of everything on this trail, which keeps it refreshing and new.

ITC Corridor Trail (Novi)

great outdoor addition

February, 2021 by pavan.venkat

To to the proximity we Love to spend quality time on this trail with family and friends. It was a blessing during Covid time to spend outdoors and keep us healthy. Kudos to Novi city and ITC for bringing it to our community and to help make Novi better place to live.

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