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
Accordion

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 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

Lakelands Trail State Park

26 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Little Falls Trail

6.5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Grass

Musketawa Trail

25 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Nahma Grade Trail

32 mi
State: MI
Dirt

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 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
Accordion
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 trail shares and celebrates the area’s rich mining history with interpretive...
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
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 26 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
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
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
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...
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

Not my best ride

June, 2017 by mwskibike

I ride trails a lot and will ride trails close to my home over and over because they are close. I ride trails as I travel and there are many that I will ride again if I'm in the area. Battle Creek Linear Park is NOT on my list of "ride again". I thought the trail was very rough in spots, it is not always well marked. This trail is in need of maintenance - low, overhanging branches, twigs, rocks, sand, etc on the trail. There are remote trails that I am not afraid to ride alone, but I sure was glad my husband was with me on this one. He even said he did not feel safe at times.

Flint River Trail (MI)

DO NOT GO!

June, 2017 by amyelacy

Despite parking in a lovely parking lot at the farmers market, the trail is currently closed (it is June 18 2017) and the neighboring areas are NOT safe. The city is a bit disheveled and the trails leading to the main (closed trail) were in disrepair and not well marked. Scenes of barbed wire and trash lined river beds were all we got to see before we turned around and headed home quickly.

Lansing River Trail

Nice scenery but most was very rough

June, 2017 by ruthayoder

I am giving this a 3 because most of the trail we rode from Crego Park to the downtown was in very poor condition. Scenery etc. was great, just has to pay attention and be ready for lots of bumps. For us that takes the pleasure out of the ride. There are signs that improvement will be coming but not sure when. South of Crego Park a bit to Hawk Island Park was a new lovely path through a wooded area that we enjoyed and would give a 5 star to.

Accordion

Buck Creek Trail (MI)

Nice short trial along scenic Buck Creek

June, 2017 by maxtrac

The trial is getting bumpy and torn up from tree roots lots of litter the cemetery portion is not a good place to be at night lot of young hoodlums! Nice people all day long!

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail

Lovely Ride

June, 2017 by rkuzmanic

I couldn't find the nature preserve to park at, so I ended up parking at the Fisherman's campground. Ample parking there. It cut of a mile or 2, but there was an outhouse there and an information hut with a very helpful person. The ride itself was quiet with many views of the Muskegon Lake. It does go on the street for a mile or so, but there is a designated bike lane that felt very safe. The beach at the end-Pierre Marquette Beach is beautiful! The water was cold and refreshing...that's Lake Michigan!

Lakelands Trail State Park

I Love This Trail

June, 2017 by fishcane4

I use the trail mostly West of Stockbridge, but I am a hiker. I do think that there needs to be some rules set for the horse people. They need to stay either on the left or right side, but stay out of the center for the bike people. It is no secret the horses tear up the trail, and in wet weather it is much worse. This is a multi purpose trail, and the horse people have a right to ride on it, but must respect the rights of others as well. As a hiker it makes little difference to me, but I know that many cyclist claim that the trail is not usable, after horses have used the trail. A little consideration on all sides would make the trail much more enjoyable for all.
They have started to clear and improve the trail from Munith to Jackson. It is my understanding they will connect with Jackson Intercity Trail, sometime in 2018. I would guess that the surface will be crushed lime stone. It should be a great additional resource.

Fred Meijer Flat River Trail

Family favorite

June, 2017 by n8vannest

Great loop to ride. Very scenic along flat River around Baldwin lake.

Falling Waters Trail

Very Nice

June, 2017 by sarahibrandl

Very nice and well cared for trail. It is flat and blacktop and a nice family ride. Riding past the lakes is very nice and you can see a nice display of wildlife. A mix of runners, bikers, inline and walkers use the trail.

Russell Street to Patterson Street Trail

Short

June, 2017 by sarahibrandl

Well kept short little ride to keep off the road.

Kiwanis Trail (MI)

Lovely Hidden Gem

June, 2017 by sarahibrandl

I have logged 2,000 miles a year on this trail for 7 years using this trail as a go between to get to Tecumseh or Saline from Adrian. It is a safe wonderful family trail, flat easy riding. There is a mix of joggers, walkers, bikers and inline. There is currently a 20 ft or so section awaiting new black top after the repair the spring. Other than that this a blacktop all the way. The parking is at either end and at Riverside or the church on Valley. Once you reach the end on Green and Ives, you have a short ride to Tecumseh heading left on a not busy 45 mph rd, for a wonderful small town visit.

William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park

6/2/17 Ride

June, 2017 by jillzamo

Rode from the campgrounds in Montague just past New Era and it was a very quiet, peaceful ride. Surface was very smooth and flat and would be great for inline skating. Saw only several people and all have a smile or wave. Occasional flowers and cat tails along the way made the trail very pretty. Loved it!

Falling Waters Trail

Beautiful, easy-to-ride trail

May, 2017 by jmichaelrosenberg

Rode the trail from Jackson to Concord back and had a great experience. It was Memorial Day weekend, and there were many people out. Trail was in great condition and the wildlife is beautiful.

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