Clinton River Park Trail


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Clinton River Park Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Macomb
Length: 4.5 miles
Trail end points: Edison Street and Nichols Street
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7860319
Trail activities: Bike, Walking

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Clinton River Park Trail Description

Clinton River Park Trail winds along the east bank of its namesake river in Sterling Heights, a northern suburb of Detroit. The paved trail runs through a tranquil, wooded area; keep a lookout for deer, turtles, and waterfowl. For the more adventurous, a single-track mountain biking trail also parallels the paved pathway.

The trail passes through Jaycee Park and Heritage Park and, near the southern end of the trail, you can cross Clinton River on a wooden pedestrian bridge to enter Dodge Park.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at several trail access points:

  • Edison Street off of Clinton River Road, 0.25 mile west of Schoenherr Road
  • Riverland Park off of Riverland Drive between Utica Road and Clinton River Road
  • Clinton River Park off Van Dyke Avenue, 0.25 mile south of Hall Road (M-59)

Clinton River Park Trail Reviews

Just rode this trail today. It now connects north to another very nice trail through downtown Utica that extends a few miles up to Ryan Road in Shelby Township, I think it’s called River Bends.

The trail is very scenic, lots of woods and hills and nice views as it follows the river. There are many curves and side trails and signage is not great, so it seems like it would be easy to get lost if you’re not careful. There are lots of parks along the trail.

Signage could be improved, especially at crossroads within the trails and parks. I walked the paved path to the end and then took the dirt (bike) path back. The variety was nice.

Difficult to get to trail by bike. Not well connected to local streets. Can not connect easily to Stoney Creek with no signage and directions. Difficult to connect to Warren.


Very nice trail. Bikers and runners on trail but most of our walk was quiet

Very nice and attached to a park!! Some short dirt trails if you want a little off road

We traveled from Flint to Utica to experience this trail and we were very pleased with the results! The trailhead was easy to find and the trail itself was laid out very inviting. The trail itself was wide enough to handle both bicyclist and pedestrians. There was plenty of shade and sun as well as a winding trail with ups and down but very accessible to all level of riders. We are very glad we made the trip down as it was well worth the effort...

Haven't risen a bike in 20 years. 48 and diabetic, 265lbs. Rode from end to end and back. They are cleaning debris from a flood, but trail was clear. Beautiful ride.

I live less than a mile from the park and spend many mornings and evenings walking the park trails. They are clean, beautiful and people are friendly. There are many different routes to take and each one has something special to offer.

Awesome trail for riding, jogging, walking! Mostly covered by trees so it stays pretty cool even on the hot days. Plenty of loops to add extra distance

I lived in this area for nearly my entire life and never realized this gem of a trail existed. Outstanding trail conditions for biking, walking or running. There are several access areas for mountain bikes off the main trail as well. Plenty of places to rest and use the facilities as some of the trail tentacles into surrounding community parks. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. At the end near Riverland, we traveled across a bridge and through a tunnel that was painted with colorful graffiti only to come out by Downtown's Utica's village square.

The is one of the better trails in the tri-county area. It has all options for every type of rider including, dirt trails, paved, scenic, nature, parks all along the route, you name it!

My only complaint is that there are a few sharp turns declining downhill and it is a terrible accident just waiting to happen. They need warning signs on the pavement.

I just ran the entire trail and all the loops for a total of 11.02 Miles. It was a very pleasant, scenic run. Running along the Clinton River in the woods for most of the trail. The blacktop is in good shape for the most part. It was about 45 degrees outside, a little cool. There are a few steep hills on the path, which makes it a little more challenging.

Great trail, but overhead lines down on the single track are extremely dangerous.

I've been wanting to walk or bike this trail for a long time and finally we did bring our bikes two days after the heavy rains which had flooded the entire path. The trail had a lot of big puddles and was very muddy in a lot of places. We had a nice ride. It's a beautiful area of Sterling Heights. Look forward to riding the trail again, but will wait until the path dries up some more.

We started our ride at the Schoenherr/Utica Rd. entrance which has plenty of room to park your vehicle.

Who knew there was such a great 'rustic' trail right in the heart of this urban area? We've lived around here for many years, and just discovered this trail; we finally took our bikes out on it today and really enjoyed it. It only takes 15 minutes to get there from our home, and the trail itself is in great shape; paved and kept up very nicely. 90% of it runs right next to the Clinton River, so it's very scenic and peaceful. We saw a couple deer, and there weren't too many people on it although it got busier later in the morning.

The trail also connects to a couple really nice parks, one of which has a Nature Center, which is open Tues-Sat in the Summer. There are also 2-3 scenic bridges you can cross and several benches along the way if you need a break. We did the whole trail, round trip, in about 1-1/2 hrs, although we stopped for several breaks.

I've ridden a few trails in the area and this is the most beautiful! The wildlife is abundant and I was able to see turtles, deer and Blue Heron's. This trail was not boring and had plenty of places to explore including a nature center and several parks along the way. This was by far one of the best trail experiences I've had.

One of my favorite trails. Nice amount of shade on the asphalt path. Runs along side the Clinton River. Seen deer along the path.

Very nice trail to ride that is not far from my home. Mostly wooded and follows the Clinton River. Lots of wild life such as ducks, geese and deer. Who knew all this wild life was right here in the city. Will do again for sure.

Runs along the river. Seen baby ducks baby geese deer and a grey herring. Nice paved road. Has an up north feeling. woodsy and provides shade.

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