Muskegon Lakeshore Trail

Michigan

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Muskegon
Length: 14 miles
Trail end points: Sherman Blvd. near Norman Kruse Park and US 31 and Keating Ave. (East Muskegon); Lake Ave. and Whitehall Rd./SR 120 (North Muskegon)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6129786
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Muskegon Lakeshore Trail Description

Muskegon's Lakeshore Trail provides scenic views of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, while also passing among beautiful sand dunes, lively parks and the city of Muskegon itself. Small sections of the trail follow designated on-road bike lanes but easily link the segments of this lovely trail.

The trail follows part of the old corridor of a railroad that once served the former Sappi paper mill. Native plant landscaping along the trail has replaced brownfield sites and enhanced the natural aspects. And you'll have access to the historical sites, maritime attractions, the beach, restaurants and seasonal festivals.

The Muskegon Lakeshore Trail loops around Pere Marquette Park, where you can take in South Pier Light Station and the Muskegon Channel. The trail is also close to longer regional trails, allowing you to extend your journey.

Parking and Trail Access

You can reach the Muskegon Lakeshore Trail directly from the Lake Express terminal. Park at Pere Marquette Park (southern trailhead), Heritage Landing (mid-point) and the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve (North Muskegon trailhead). You can also park along Lakeshore Drive.

Muskegon Lakeshore Trail Reviews

Very nice trail along Muskegon Lake. After you pass the ferry dock, it does go out on the road past some old industrial sites. Not the prettiest and the road crossings can be a bit rough, but the reward at the end coming out to Lake Michigan is great. There are some sharp curves, so be careful around those.

I couldn't find the nature preserve to park at, so I ended up parking at the Fisherman's campground. Ample parking there. It cut of a mile or 2, but there was an outhouse there and an information hut with a very helpful person. The ride itself was quiet with many views of the Muskegon Lake. It does go on the street for a mile or so, but there is a designated bike lane that felt very safe. The beach at the end-Pierre Marquette Beach is beautiful! The water was cold and refreshing...that's Lake Michigan!

Easy ride with nice views and along beach, only one section on road not a path. Easiest to park across from tipsy toad (easier to map directions), it's a tourist center. We are walleye at tipsy road after on rooftop, yummy. Probably 10 miles round trip from here.

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We started at W. Western Ave (near Holiday Inn Hotel) and rode to Pere Marquette Park. Easy ride with pretty scenery. Fun board walk down there to ride on. At the beach you can catch a hot dog, or we returned to W Western and enjoyed the Tipsy Toad Rooftop. After that we visited the Muskegon Heritage Museum. Very interesting museum, gave us a real appreciation of what a entrepreneurial town it was in its day. For us, again a special visit as my husbands family once owned the Muskegon Brewery. His father told many stories to us about the horse drawn carriages delivering the beer. Regardless, you will love the ride and better enjoy it if you have time to stop in at the museum and enjoy the wonderful beach at Pere Marquette Park. We chose to start at Western as it was rather industrial looking to the East, not pretty.

Awsome family friendly trail with great sights and a great hot dog stand for hungry travelers!! WWII ships, subs, lights houses, marinas wildlife!!!

Nice flat trail which allows views of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. Very nice and comfortable ride.

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