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The Michigan Air Line Trail stretches nearly 6 miles across the communities of Wixom, Walled Lake and Commerce Township in Oakland County. The trail begins on Wixom Road and travels east in the former railroad right-of-way. It passes by commercial, residential and natural areas as well as community facilities like Gunnar Mettala Park in Wixom and Walled Lake Western High School. Throughout much of the trail's length, overhead power lines stretch overhead. The route does feature a number of street crossings, but they are well-marked and have push-button activated beacons so that trail users can cross safely, with the exception of the M-5 crossing in Commerce Township, which consists of a bike-ped bridge across the busy highway. The trail ends on Haggerty Road at the Commerce Township-West Bloomfield line.
While the trail is worth riding for its own sake, it's the connections that it makes that make it all the more special. At the east end, the trail meets with the West Bloomfield Trail, which occupies 6.8 miles of the same converted railroad corridor as the Air Line Trail. Not far from there, across M-5, trail users will encounter the M-5 Metro Trail, which continues south for over two-and-a-half miles. Finally, the trail ends just short of the Huron Valley Trail on its west end, but development of the second phase of the trail is underway to close the 2.2 mile gap between Wixom Road (the current endpoint) and Old Plank Road (where the Huron Valley Trail begins). The Air Line Trail is also an important link in the cross-state Great Lake to Lake Trail system.
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