Grosse Ile Trail


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Grosse Ile Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Wayne
Length: 6.2 miles
Trail end points: Meridian Rd. and Voigt Ave. and Groh Rd. and E. River Rd.; South Pointe Dr. and Boucher Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6129812
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking

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Grosse Ile Trail Description

The Grosse Ile Trail is a smooth, paved route running nearly the entire north–south length of Grosse Ile, which rests in the Detroit River between mainland Michigan and Ontario, Canada. The trail primarily parallels Meridian Road, with portions on the southern end following Groh Road and South Pointe Drive.

Grosse Ile Township has long been considered a desirable place to live by Michigan’s upper class, so the scenery along the trail primarily consists of kempt—and often lavish—homes. Cyclists looking for a longer journey and water views can complete a recommended loop via Horsemill Road and E. River Road.

While the Grosse Ile Trail is not a rail-trail, the path does cross Grosse Ile Parkway, which occupies a corridor once home to the island’s sole rail line. Canada Southern Railway built the line to transport passengers and freight from Michigan to points east via a ferry from Stony Island to Ontario. Later, the Michigan Central Railroad operated a train on the line for residents and tourists between Grosse Ile and Trenton.

Trail users interested in railroad history will want to take the recommended on-road loop to see the Michigan Central train depot—now home to the Grosse Ile Historical Society Museum—at the intersection of E. River Road and Grosse Ile Parkway.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Grosse Ile Trail is available at Grosse Ile Township Hall (9601 Groh Road).

Grosse Ile Trail Reviews

I planned to run part of the trail this afternoon. However, I felt the need for a restroom before running. Not seeing one within walking distance of the parking lot, I decided to drive the route first to see if there were any accommodations along the way. There was one small gas station at Meridian and Macomb, but I did not see any other businesses (like a McDonald's) that I could have used. Not convenient for those of us driving to the island to use the trail, but it does look like a nice option for those who live close.

I live on the island that has the trail mentioned here. It is always pleasant riding on the trails, pasting golf courses,wooden bridges, bikers, walkers, dogs and even deer crossing by. There are plenty of drinking fountains for the bikers and walkers to enjoy and have a rest on our benches. You may even have a chance to see planes landing at our small airport on the south of the island. This place is a beaut! There are also rivers,creeks that past under the trails and you can see small boats and kayaks!

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