Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail

Michigan

Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Muskegon
Length: 6.8 miles
Trail end points: White Lake Dr. and Cogswell Ave. (Whitehall) and McMillan Rd. east of Whitehall Rd. (Dalton Township)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6719644
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail Description

The Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail is situated between two natural treasures: Lake Michigan to the west and the Manistee National Forest to the east. The pathway, built on an inactive section of the Chicago and West Michigan Railroad, provides an important connection between the communities of Muskegon, Fruitland, Dalton and Whitehall.

Midway along, just north of Riley-Thompson Road, the sights and sounds will become quite different than the rest of the trail. Here, the Shivering Timbers roller coaster, one of many rides at Michigan's Adventure, the largest amusement park in the state, towers over the trail, so you might hear the rumble of the high-speed cars on its wooden tracks and the screaming of thrill-seekers for a short while. The rest of the trail will take you through peaceful forests and occasional meadows.

At White Lake Drive, the trail meets with the White Lake Pathway that continues about 3 miles north through Whitehall and, in turn, connects to the Hart-Montague Trail. Future plans include extending the trail south to the Muskegon Lakeshore Trail and the Musketawa Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the southern trailhead from the south, take US 31 northbound, exiting left to North Muskegon (Exit 116). Keep right on State Route 120 north for 1.4 miles. Continue straight on Whitehall Road for 3.3 miles to McMillan Road. Turn right on McMillan Road and continue 0.3 miles to parking and the trailhead.

To reach the northern trailhead from the north, take US 31 southbound to White Lake Drive (Exit 126). Turn right (west) onto White Lake Drive and continue 2.1 miles to the trail crossing.

Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail Reviews

Took my sis and brother-law for their first trail ride - nice smooth ride - enjoyed the view and the screams from Michigan adventure. Great afternoon ride.

Biked this trail both ways today. The trail condition is perfect..not even a crack in the entire length. Was surprised to see only one other biker..even though the temp was in the 60's and sunny.

If you want a smooth fast rollerblade ride, this is a great trail. The surface is very smooth, wide and relatively flat. We enjoy the wooded, quiet trail and setting.

Accordion

My wife and I biked the Berry Junction Trail starting at the White Lake Library and biked south to Dalton. Great surface to bike, surprised when in the distance we saw the roller coaster rides from Mich Adventure. Wooded and scenic the trail was not busy and few crossroads. Once back to the library we did lunch at Pekadills not far off the trail (another surprise)..then rode from the library to Montague a day long total of 16 plus miles...great trail if 15 miles are enough.

My wife and I have walked this trail twice now and it is very beautiful and enjoyed seeing the scenery. The first time that we walked the Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail was about two weeks ago where we started from Engle Drive and Tyler Road in Dalton Township, Michigan to Whitehall Road and Bell Road. And I have no idea how far of a walk it was round trip; but it was a nice walk. The second time was on Saturday, August 25, 2012 that my wife and I walked the Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail was from Engle Drive and Tyler Road in Dalton Township, Michigan to Lakewood Road and Whitehall Road. Again I have no idea how far of a walk it was round trip, but I know that it took my wife 2 hours as we started about 3:00 P.M. and ended our walk around 5:00 P.M. and on our way back we saw one brown shelled turtle and two does.

While not a lot of scenery, the trail surface is excellent with long stretches in between street crossings.

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