Detroit RiverWalk

Michigan

Detroit RiverWalk Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Wayne
Length: 3.5 miles
Trail end points: Joe Louis Arena at Steve Yzerman Dr. and Gabriel Richard Park northeast of E. Grand Blvd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7768976
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Detroit RiverWalk Description

Along its 3.5-mile route, the RiverWalk offers breathtaking views of the Detroit River and city skyline. Recreational opportunities abound as the trail links Milliken State Park and numerous plazas and pocket parks. The 31-acre state park offers covered picnic areas, shoreline fishing, and a great photo opportunity with its 63-foot-tall lighthouse.

On its western end, the Renaissance Center—a cluster of seven interconnected skyscrapers, including the General Motors world headquarters—offers shopping, dining, lodging, and entertainment. A block from the RenCen, in Rivard Plaza, the beautiful, custom-made Cullen Family Carousel features animals all native to the Detroit River, except two: a sea serpent and a mermaid.

Roughly mid-way (at Atwater Street) you can make an easy connection to the Dequindre Cut Greenway, which heads north about a mile to Eastern Market, a commercial district centered around a popular six-block farmers market (open Saturdays) that has been in operation since 1891.

Parking and Trail Access

Free parking is available on the RiverWalk's western side at Rivard Plaza (1340 Atwater Street).

Detroit RiverWalk Reviews

I walked this trail it was as beautiful as it was long, got up at 7am to do the trail it was so peaceful at that time. Can't wait to do it again.

Cycled this trail and connected trails on a beautiful October fall day, what a pleasure it was! Loved the views of the Ambassador Bridge to Canada and the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle, plus much much more, if I lived a little closer I'd be out there more often.

We loved this trail. they have cleaned this area up and put in some nice parks, spray parks, wet lands. It was a safe ride, and great way to see the city and the river. Bathrooms, and places to eat along the way. Great trail surface. Combine this with the Dequindre Cut trail and Belle Isle for a longer ride.

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