Thompsonville, MI Trails and Maps

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Arcadia Marsh Trail

0.75 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Betsie Valley Trail

22.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Big M Trail

18.6 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Grass, Sand

Boardman Lake Trail

2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Clam River Greenway

1.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

92.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

2.2 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Leelanau Trail

16.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pere Marquette State Trail

53 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

21.2 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Arcadia Marsh Trail is a short boardwalk trail that crosses the swamp in Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve. This universally accessible path follows the route of a former railroad and offers a prime...
MI 0.75 mi Asphalt
Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently...
MI 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Big M Trail in Manistee National Forest is suitable for cross-country skiing, trail mountain biking, and hiking. There are actually four segments, each with varying levels of difficulty, from...
MI 18.6 mi Dirt, Grass, Sand
The Boardman Lake Trail connects Traverse City neighborhoods, businesses, two parks and the district's library on a scenic route along the eastern shoreline of a large natural lake. One day, it's...
MI 2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Clam River Greenway represents a citizen-led effort to create a safe and beautiful recreational asset in what had been a neglected space. Today, the trail connects Bob Meyer Jr. Park in the north...
MI 1.6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park connects a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s...
MI 92.6 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2...
MI 2.2 mi Crushed Stone
The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national...
MI 60 mi Ballast
The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the...
MI 16.6 mi Asphalt
The Pere Marquette State Trail, managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, begins in Clare and courses for 53 miles west through beautiful woodlands and fields to Baldwin. If you want to...
MI 53 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
When completed, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will wind for 27 miles through the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower...
MI 21.2 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The 13-mile Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trail provides trail users with extended waterfront access in Traverse City, the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World, brushing by...
MI 13 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Wellston Area Tourist Association maintains about 64 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling in the Manistee–Huron National Forest. For more information and maps, contact the Tourist...
MI 64 mi Ballast

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Trails by activity

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trail (TART)

MI - 13 miles

The 13-mile Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trail provides trail users with extended waterfront access in Traverse City, the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World, brushing by...

Clam River Greenway

MI - 1.6 miles

The Clam River Greenway represents a citizen-led effort to create a safe and beautiful recreational asset in what had been a neglected space. Today, the trail connects Bob Meyer Jr. Park in the north...

Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles

Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently...

Pere Marquette State Trail

MI - 53 miles

The Pere Marquette State Trail, managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, begins in Clare and courses for 53 miles west through beautiful woodlands and fields to Baldwin. If you want to...

Accordion

Arcadia Marsh Trail

MI - 0.75 miles

The Arcadia Marsh Trail is a short boardwalk trail that crosses the swamp in Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve. This universally accessible path follows the route of a former railroad and offers a prime...

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

MI - 21.2 miles

When completed, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will wind for 27 miles through the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower...

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

MI - 92.6 miles

The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park connects a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s...

Boardman Lake Trail

MI - 2 miles

The Boardman Lake Trail connects Traverse City neighborhoods, businesses, two parks and the district's library on a scenic route along the eastern shoreline of a large natural lake. One day, it's...

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the...

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

MI - 21.2 miles

When completed, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will wind for 27 miles through the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower...

Pere Marquette State Trail

MI - 53 miles

The Pere Marquette State Trail, managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, begins in Clare and courses for 53 miles west through beautiful woodlands and fields to Baldwin. If you want to...

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

MI - 2.2 miles

The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2...

Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles

Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently...

Accordion

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the...

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trail (TART)

MI - 13 miles

The 13-mile Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trail provides trail users with extended waterfront access in Traverse City, the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World, brushing by...

Clam River Greenway

MI - 1.6 miles

The Clam River Greenway represents a citizen-led effort to create a safe and beautiful recreational asset in what had been a neglected space. Today, the trail connects Bob Meyer Jr. Park in the north...

Big M Trail

MI - 18.6 miles

The Big M Trail in Manistee National Forest is suitable for cross-country skiing, trail mountain biking, and hiking. There are actually four segments, each with varying levels of difficulty, from...

Wellston Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 64 miles

The Wellston Area Tourist Association maintains about 64 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling in the Manistee–Huron National Forest. For more information and maps, contact the Tourist...

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

MI - 92.6 miles

The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park connects a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s...

Boardman Lake Trail

MI - 2 miles

The Boardman Lake Trail connects Traverse City neighborhoods, businesses, two parks and the district's library on a scenic route along the eastern shoreline of a large natural lake. One day, it's...

Irons Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 60 miles

The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national...

Arcadia Marsh Trail

MI - 0.75 miles

The Arcadia Marsh Trail is a short boardwalk trail that crosses the swamp in Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve. This universally accessible path follows the route of a former railroad and offers a prime...

Pere Marquette State Trail

MI - 53 miles

The Pere Marquette State Trail, managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, begins in Clare and courses for 53 miles west through beautiful woodlands and fields to Baldwin. If you want to...

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles

The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the...

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trail (TART)

MI - 13 miles

The 13-mile Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trail provides trail users with extended waterfront access in Traverse City, the self-proclaimed Cherry Capital of the World, brushing by...

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

MI - 92.6 miles

The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park connects a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it is the state’s...

Accordion

Wellston Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 64 miles

The Wellston Area Tourist Association maintains about 64 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling in the Manistee–Huron National Forest. For more information and maps, contact the Tourist...

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

MI - 21.2 miles

When completed, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will wind for 27 miles through the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower...

Arcadia Marsh Trail

MI - 0.75 miles

The Arcadia Marsh Trail is a short boardwalk trail that crosses the swamp in Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve. This universally accessible path follows the route of a former railroad and offers a prime...

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

MI - 2.2 miles

The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2...

Big M Trail

MI - 18.6 miles

The Big M Trail in Manistee National Forest is suitable for cross-country skiing, trail mountain biking, and hiking. There are actually four segments, each with varying levels of difficulty, from...

Clam River Greenway

MI - 1.6 miles

The Clam River Greenway represents a citizen-led effort to create a safe and beautiful recreational asset in what had been a neglected space. Today, the trail connects Bob Meyer Jr. Park in the north...

Boardman Lake Trail

MI - 2 miles

The Boardman Lake Trail connects Traverse City neighborhoods, businesses, two parks and the district's library on a scenic route along the eastern shoreline of a large natural lake. One day, it's...

Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles

Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently...

Irons Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

MI - 60 miles

The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national...

Recent Trail Reviews

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Comstock Park to Rockford

September, 2022 by jimyt53

Hi i I am partially disabled and have to use a electric assist bike to be able to ride. The past few weeks ive been able to go to Rockford and bake While there was some maintenance being done along trail, it was a awesome ride and some beautiful areas to see along the way As you get closer to Rockford is used more by both walkers and bikers Thankful for this trail

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Nice ride. Well maintained asphalt trail. Fish hatchery in Paris is worth a visit.

September, 2022 by erubringer

Nice ride. Well maintained asphalt trail. Fish hatchery in Paris is worth a visit.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

A treasure of a trail!

August, 2022 by jbjimm

I've now ridden from Cadillac through Tustin, LeRoy, and Ashton to Reed City. Such a delightful trail for road bikes! I especially liked the portions north of Ashton as they were away from the road and more undeveloped (woods, hills, valleys, cool swamps, neat farms) and interesting. The condition of the pavement is very good except for two locations 1) a very short section north of Tustin where some roots are starting to undermine the asphalt, and 2) immediately north of Reed City where there are some cracks across the pavement. Enjoy this treasure of a trail!

Accordion

Leelanau Trail

very smooth trail

August, 2022 by tim.easterwood

Great ride, scenic as it rolls through vineyards and apple orchards. Not dissimilar from Tuscany. Also Sutton’s bay has plenty of restaurants including beer pubs which makes it a great halfway point.

Leelanau Trail

TC TO SUTTONS BAY

July, 2022 by ibewdej

Enjoyed our ride on the Leelanau Trail. Took us about 5 hrs to go to Suttons Bay and back. We have rad power bikes. Stopped a few times there and back—wandered around Suttons Bay a little. Nice smooth trail

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Wonderful Trail / State park

July, 2022 by uscgduggy

I recently moved to the Cadillac area and have had this trail in my crosshairs for quite some time. So yesterday ( 7-23-22 ) , I set out from Cadillac at 0900 and rode the trail in its entirety, arriving in Grand Rapids just before 5pm. The scenery along with small town Americana was very enjoyable.
I had visited this site several times prior to my adventure to learn of what I may have to look forward to. I would like to add a few thoughts…
First of all, I’m a mountain biker. This trail is very easy, but riding with a M.B. surely has advantages. The unpacked portion was ( for me anyway ) more to my liking. I can’t speak for others, especially you skinny tire riders, but it was my favorite section ( south of Big Rapids to Sand lake roughly ) . I passed a small group on this section but that was it and saw nobody until I picked back up with the paved section at Sand lake. The riding was easy, being hard packed gravel and dirt. I’ve rode trails all over the U.S. and there’s one thing they all have in common- the paved trails usually show signs of degrading and that makes the ride tougher on those that expect a smooth surface. It is what it is. Hence the reason I enjoy natural non paved. And like I eluded, I noticed more users on the paved portions north and south than I did on the natural mid section.
Takeaways—
There’s always someone that feels the need to litter. I don’t know how many Cliff bar wrappers I picked up, at least 6. There’s no need for it.
Those that point out every detail or flaw of this trail- y’all need to get outside more!😂. As I said earlier, skinny tire folks won’t care for the mid section probably. But the entire trail is so easy and well maintained, it’s even better than riding the local roads .
Bring your own food and water, yet there are many places to get off and replenish supplies if need be.
Overall, this was truly a great experience. My hats off to the volunteers and DNR for maintaining such a wonderful resource . I will be doing this ride again in the upcoming fall for sure.
For those that wonder, I had a ride waiting for me in GR. My girlfriend had planned it so that she would be downstate and picked me up for the trip back up north. 90 miles on a bike is enough for one day,😂
Everyone enjoy this trail and others in this great state!

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Rockford to Big Rapids

July, 2022 by bill.alphenaar2

The trail from Grand Rapids to just north of Cedar Springs is paved but after that it's a terrible trail and poorly maintained, if at all! Branches & fallen trees across the trail, parts not mowed, rutted paths and lots of very loose sand make this a terrible trail for biking past Cedar Springs! There are obvious signs of horses using the trail as well.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

north from Comstock Park to Big Rapids

July, 2022 by tjmodd

The trail is paved from Comstock to Sand Lake. From Sand Lake to Big Rapids the trail is a combination of gravel, grass and dirt. Biking in general can kick up dirt but my mountain bike was constantly kicking up rocks and debris; it was a rough, messy, slow, 50 miles north (11.5-12 mph) once the trail changed to dirt. I enjoyed the challenge but prefer pavement. I will not likely ride this trail again unless the rumors of paving it become a reality.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Well worth the time and effort!

July, 2022 by drwelldog

I ride the trail from Cadillac to Big Rapids 3-4 times per week. The section from Cadillac to Reed City is in very good condition (newer). The section between Reed City and Big Rapids is in good condition but getting a little rough in places. The scenery along the way

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Loved this trail!

July, 2022 by mpreininger61

Only did the section from Grand Rapids to Rockford but absolutely loved it! A little busy but it was a holiday weekend and all were courteous. Would do this again in a heartbeat - especially since Rockford offered eateries, shopping and bucolic scenery by the river. We’ll be back!!

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Cycled 6/11/22 Trail is deteriorating. This section is bumpy and has lots of loose gravel. Still a delightful ride with great scenery. Good lunch cafe in Reed City.

July, 2022 by irisjohnson1956

Cycled 6/11/22 Trail is deteriorating. This section is bumpy and has lots of loose gravel. Still a delightful ride with great scenery. Good lunch cafe in Reed City.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Fall 2020 trail was smooth. 6/11/2022 trail has deteriorated significantly. Sadly lots of cracks, bumps, worn asphalt and loose gravel.Still amazing ride with beautiful scenery and pleasantly uncrowded.

June, 2022 by irisjohnson1956

Fall 2020 trail was smooth. 6/11/2022 trail has deteriorated significantly. Sadly lots of cracks, bumps, worn asphalt and loose gravel.Still amazing ride with beautiful scenery and pleasantly uncrowded.

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