Michigan Mountain Biking Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Betsie Valley Trail

42.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Bruno's Run Trail

9.25 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail

15.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

92.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Hampton Township Nature Trail

2.4 mi
State: MI
Gravel

Huron Sunrise Trail

8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Iron Ore Heritage Trail

47.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

39.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

North Central State Trail

74.9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Paint Creek Trail (MI)

8.9 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Pere Marquette State Trail

53 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Upper Macatawa Greenway Trail

2.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Dirt

Wadhams to Avoca Trail

12 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

West Bloomfield Trail

6.8 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Bill Nicholls Trail

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

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

2.2 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Huron Valley Trail

12.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Musketawa Trail

25 mi
State: MI
Asphalt
Accordion

North Eastern State Trail

71 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail

31.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

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

8.2 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Shingle Mill Pathway

12 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Tittabawassee Township Path

5.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Felch Grade Trail

38 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Fred Meijer M-6 Trail

9 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Houghton-to-Chassell Rail Trail

8.6 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Van Buren Trail State Park

14 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Watersmeet to Land O'Lakes Trail

8.8 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Alpena Bi-Path

14 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Cinder

Haywire Grade Trail

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

Soo Strong Trail

32 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt, Sand

St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail

26 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Gravel

Alpena to Hillman Trail

22 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt

Beaver Pete's Trail

20 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Coalwood Trail

26.4 mi
State: MI
Ballast

Spring Brook Pathway

5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt

Belle Isle Park

8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Bergland to Sidnaw Rail-Trail

43.5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt

Big M Trail

18.6 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass, Sand

Buffalo Ridge Trail

2.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Escanaba to Hermansville Rail-Trail

25.5 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

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

Keweenaw Trails

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

Litchfield Nature Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass

Little Falls Trail

6.5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Grass

Nahma Grade Trail

32 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Ontonagon to Rockland Trail

13.02 mi
State: MI
Dirt

State Line Trail

107.1 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 42.8-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. The trail slopes gently downhill in the Betsie River Valley through...
MI 42.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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
The Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail is one component of a network of trails in mid-west Michigan that, when complete, will stretch 125 miles from Alma to Owosso. The trails are named after...
MI 15.5 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park connects a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s...
MI 92.6 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Hampton Township Nature Trail is a 2-mile gravel trail that begins at Finn Road Park winding through marshy areas, woods, skirts farm fields, and ending at a boat launch on Jones Road. Along the...
MI 2.4 mi Gravel
The Huron Sunrise Trail follows the shore of Lake Huron from south of Rogers City, through town and north to end at 40 Mile Lighthouse. The scenic trail links the town with Vogler Conservation Area, a...
MI 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview The Iron Ore Heritage Trail traverses 47.8 miles across the Marquette Iron Range in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. The rail trail, which was designated as a National Recreation...
MI 47.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
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 the outskirts...
MI 39.6 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
Overview The nearly 75-mile North Central State Trail offers a multi-use trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established...
MI 74.9 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
The Pere Marquette State Trail, managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, begins in Clare and courses for 53 miles west through beautiful woodlands and fields to Baldwin. If you want to...
MI 53 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Upper Macatawa Trail is sited within the stunning natural area of the same name, in Zeeland, Michigan. The trail runs 2.8 miles and offers a sensory as it passes through hardwood forest, verdant...
MI 2.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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
Overview The West Bloomfield Trail sails along for nearly 7 miles through a municipality that claims to be one of the wettest in the nation—not from rainfall but from the sheer number of lakes...
MI 6.8 mi Crushed Stone
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 Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail links the cities of Lowell, Belding and Greenville in Kent, Ionia and Montcalm counties, respectively. Running along a former railroad corridor, the trail...
MI 22 mi Asphalt
The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2...
MI 2.2 mi Crushed Stone
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 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 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
Accordion
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
Overview The Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail is a 31-mile, multi-use recreation trail, extending from Grand Rapids to Vermontville.  The trail passes through farmlands, woodlands, and small towns,...
MI 31.1 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone
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 8.2 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 8.2 mi Ballast
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
Freeland Pathway is a 2.5 mile trail in Tittawabassee Township in Freeland, Michigan. The trail is a smooth ribbon of asphalt paralleling Midland Road (SR 47), and features some inclines, although it...
MI 5.2 mi Asphalt
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 Fred Meijer M-6 Trail runs for 9 miles, paralleling Michigan Highway 6/Paul B. Henry Expressway south of Grand Rapids (a.k.a. the M-6). As such, it's not the quietest of trails, but it still...
MI 9 mi Asphalt
The rail-trail between Chassell and Houghton roughly parallels US 41 on one side and the shore of Portage Lake on the other. This trail is open to snowmobiles in the winter and walkers/hikers and...
MI 8.6 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 those on snowmobiles, as well...
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
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 5-mile Spring Brook Trail crosses flat to hilly terrain in Mackinaw State Forest. The trail accommodates hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. The trail meanders along a wooded creek...
MI 5 mi Ballast, Dirt
Located on an island in the Detroit River between the United States and Canada., Belle Isle Park is 982-acres and offers a variety of recreational activities, including biking, swimming,...
MI 8 mi Asphalt
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 Big M Trail in Manistee National Forest is suitable for cross-country skiing, trail mountain biking, and hiking. There are actually four segments, each with varying levels of difficulty, from...
MI 18.6 mi Dirt, Grass, Sand
Overview The Buffalo Ridge Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that travels through the suburbs of the Lakefront town of Traverse City, MI.  About the Route The northernmost endpoint of this trail is...
MI 2.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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 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
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 Crystal Falls to Stager 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 11 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 Litchfield Nature Trail meanders through scenic property owned by the City of Litchfield, in some places adjacent to the St. Joseph (St. Joe) River. At one point, the trail passes through...
MI 2 mi Dirt, Grass
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
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 Ontonagon to Rockland Trail is an unpaved multi-use trail along a former railroad corridor. It starts in Ontonagon, a town on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The trail crosses...
MI 13.02 mi Dirt
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

Republic/Champion Grade Trail

Yet to Ride

March, 2024 by frmerry

Full disclosure, I haven't ridden this yet but plan to this summer. The reason for my review is that from Google Street and satellite view it appears there is a nice new paved path (so you can avoid riding on US 41) from Van Riper SP to Champion. This new trail (which just for fun I think they should name the Van Riper State Park/Greater Metropolitan Champion Intergalactic Intermodal Corridor because when typed out is nearly longer than the new trail itself) ends at Daliba Street which you can then take to where the R/CG trail begins behind the what now appears to be abandoned Mini-mart. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and 4 stars and update post ride. There also appears to be trailhead parking on the north of US 41 just to the west of the Van Riper SP entrance although for bathrooms and water you would have to go to the state park. Happy Trails.

Southwest Greenway

Nice Addition

March, 2024 by jarboe

This is a very nice short trail running from the Detroit River out to the Train Station. In early 2024 the West Riverfront Park is under construction so entrance to this trail on the south end by the river is tricky to find, you enter from Jefferson Avenue. Nice to see the Detroit Riverwalk growing in length each year. One of the nicest river fronts in the country.

Musketawa Trail

Wonderful ride

March, 2024 by rocbikewriter

Wonderful ride! I only rode between Dalton and Ravenna, so perhaps the quality of the trail changes after Ravenna. But today, the trail was near perfect! Sure, there are stop signs every few miles---often crossing lightly travelled roads; and, yeah, there were some cracks or root heaves here and there. But honestly, neither of those issues were even issues. I'm a long-distance cyclist that just moved to Michigan. I can't wait to explore more of these wonderful trails and roads! Thank you!!

Accordion

ITC Corridor Trail (Canton)

just walked this trail earlier today some spots on trail was a muddy mess, it's a gravel trail... Other then that not a bad trail.

February, 2024 by jessiereid10279

just walked this trail earlier today some spots on trail was a muddy mess, it's a gravel trail... Other then that not a bad trail.

Lakeshore Connector Path

Grand Haven’s bike path is bad.

January, 2024 by sharon_mclean96

We ride this path a lot, and Grand Haven’s bike path is horrible. They did resurface part but need to fix the ENTIRE thing. Holland’s is ok definitely rideable. The scenery is great and to end up at the beach which is beautiful.

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

Mike Levine Trail

December, 2023 by ferretnutz

Nice paved path from Pettysville Road and M 36 marshaling area through Pinckney. The path turns to fine crushed stone near Anderson and was quite a chore to ride on due to wet, low light areas which had not dried out. Not great in this area for bikes on a leisurely ride. Nice dry, sunny day of 50 degrees. The path will probably not dry out here all winter.

Falling Waters Trail

Falling Waters Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

If you like water, wildlife, serenity, and long, straight, flat trails enveloped by a canopy of trees, then this is the trail for you.

I started at the Concord trailhead, and as I made my way past the north branch of the Kalamazoo River, along the trail beneath the canopy of trees, and eventually to the causeway across Lime Lake before another canopy of trees to Jackson, I kept thinking to myself how great it must be to live nearby and to enjoy this trail year-round and its four seasons.

I experienced it on a brisk, early October morn and enjoyed the beginnings of fall color and the golden brown, leaf covered path. As a visitor from suburban southern California, I don't really get to enjoy that Autumn color back home.

I especially appreciated the clean air, picturesque scenery, solitude, modern whimsical sculptures near the Jackson trailhead, and the outgoing and friendly locals utilizing the trail.

The bike ride was only a twenty-two mile round trip, but it was certainly worth the journey for me from SoCal to enjoy this idyllic setting!

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

Great Trail

October, 2023 by rick888

This trail starts at Whitmore Lake and goes all the way to Jackson prison. The trail is mostly crushed limestone which is smooth and flat. Nice scenery the whole way. The trail goes very close to the prison. You can even see the inmates exercising in the yard. It was like a movie set.

Southern Links Trailway

Fall ride with forests and wetland views

October, 2023 by katmai_tl

Nicely maintained trail with benches along the way. Lots of geocaches along this trail too.

Falling Waters Trail

Great fall bike ride

October, 2023 by katmai_tl

This is my new favorite trail. Sparkling clear lakes appear on one or both sides of the trail with spots for sitting and enjoying the views. We saw several pairs of swans.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Great Trail

October, 2023 by robertmeller1

I decided to take my road bike for a trip from Cadillac down to Big Rapids where the trail is closed for paving and back to Cadillac. I agree with Cecelia's review from Sep, 23 in that the asphalt paving is old and bumpy between Reed City and Big Rapids. Also the trail was closed between Hibma Rd south to Cleveland Rd in Tustin. The detour is gravel roads that are loose sand and very difficult to navigate with 32mm or thinner tires!

With the exception of the portion of trail north of Reed City that runs along Hwy 131 the the scenery is awesome running through rivers, hills, valleys, farms and small towns.

I am wondering if there's anyone assigned to blow the trail clean from leaves, twigs and branches? There were quite a bit of that along the way. In comparison to the Macomb/Orchard trail for example which is very well maintained all year round it seemed a bit unkempt.

Overall it is an awesome trail that I hope is better maintained than what I experienced on my recent trip and look forward to returning next year when the whole trail will be paved.

Bridge to Bay Trail

ROUGH

October, 2023 by mwskibike

Rode from Marine City High School, north on the inland route to Yankee Road, north of St. Clair and then back south thru St. Clair and on the section that runs close to the river. This trail needs work! It is rough - lots of root bumps, bump at every road crossing and the weeds along Recor Road and King Road south of St. Clair cover half the trail. In one spot on the King Road section, I had no choice but to let the weeds rub on my legs - they are that far over the trail. Won't be back here until improvements are made.

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