Bike Trails

 


Some of our favorites are listed below:
We in the Lower Michigan region are blessed to live in an area that offers a number of fun and scenic biking trails. Whether you’re a novice or an expert mountain biker, the area has plenty to offer, from pretty river side paths to challenging technical single-track trails.

Alma Mountain Bike Trail

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Trail is made up of  6 sections.. 5 Miles of  Single Track
   Sections 1, 2, & 3 can each be its own loop
   Sections 4, 5, & 6 must be ridden together
 
Section 1  .41*miles, 2 slight inclines, obey Stop               
Sign as trail does cross dirt road
 
Section 2  .95*miles, 3 slight inclines, 1 small stream
crossing that can have water in the spring.    
5 small log crossings that are not difficult.    
2 larger log crossings but a bypass option is available
 

 

Section 3  .56*miles, ride on top of a small ridge.    
This section will end close to  paved road,    
ride on grass-DO NOT ride on pavement with traffic
 
Section 4   .12* miles, section starts in a meadow
just off the paved road
 
Section 5  .08*miles, begins in another section of
meadow-watch for deer as they like this  section.

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The ridge from Section 3 is visible to the right
 
Section 6  .42*miles, 2 inclines; 1 short & steep, 1  more gradual. 
Obey Stop Sign  as trail ends at pavement. 
Choose to  begin  another lap or to end your ride

 

*not all cycle odometers will read the same mileage

 
Trail is located in the
Pine River Park & Outdoor Center.
(road is between boat launch area and the cemetery)
Drive/ride pass the playground, continue to brick restroom building. Plenty of parking in that area.  Ride past the gate (if gate is closed, there is ample space to ride around it) Trailhead will be on the right.

 Sign will read “Bike Trail Section 1″ .

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Jailhouse Trail        


Network:
Mid-StateWhat this trail lacks in climbing, it makes up for in tight, twisting trail.

Trail Miles: 5.5

Trail Maps: No Maps Available

Forum Thread: Link

Directions: From US-27 head west towards downtown Ithaca (Center St.) Turn left (south) on South River Rd. and follow the signs to the fairgrounds.

Trail Location: 129 West Emerson St., Ithaca, MI 48847

Phone: (517) 875-3200

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Deerfield     


Network:
NortheastA relatively easy trail that’s still very scenic. The park includes a couple suspension bridges and a covered bridge as well.

Trail Miles: 7.5

Entry Fees: $5 daily pass; annual pass: $20 for Isabella County residents, $30 all others

Trail Web Site: Link

Trail Maps: Park Map pdf file

Forum Thread: Link

Directions: On M-20 and only five and a half miles west of Mount Pleasant.

Trail Location: 2425 West Remus Road, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Phone: (989) 772-2879

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Mid Michigan Community College      

Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) trail offers 10 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails for riders of all levels. Located in Harrison on the college campus property, this trail offers challenges for beginner and expert alike through dense woods and many rolling hills. Opened in 2009, the trail is a single continuous trail utilizing naturally high ground for an enjoyable ride that is almost always dry. There are no other bike trails on the one square mile of property, so the trail is easy to follow without getting lost. The climbs are long enough to make your legs burn but short enough to get through quickly. Wildlife is abundant with many native animals and birds making their home in the woodlands. A great place to ride in the fall as no hunting is permitted on the property. The trail is free to the public. Etiquette: Bikers please use good judgement and proper discretion while using the trails and especially in the parking lot area, as the area is used and is often crowded by students and faculty members. Video surveliance and campus security are present in the parking lots at all times. Please note that a 3 mile walking trail (which is mowed) runs adjacent to the mountain bike trail in a few spots, and is restricted to walkers only (no bikes on walking trail please!).

Network: Northeast

Trail Miles: 10.1

Entry Fees: None

Forum Thread: Link

Trail Maps: pdf file

Directions: Take US127 to Exit 168 Mansidding Rd. East on Mansidding for 1/4 mile, then left (North) on S. Clare Avenue 3/4 mile to the main campus parking lot. Please use the paved parking spaces closest to Clare Avenue. Trailhead is located 100 feet to the north of the front parking lot.

Trail Location: 1375 S. Clare Avenue, Harrison, MI 48625


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Midland City Forest         

The Midland City Forest is roughly a square mile of Saginaw Valley woodland bisected by Newell Creek. It is a mixture of wetland and low ridges (ancient sand bars) covered with mature pines and mixed hardwoods. Many years ago, the creek was dredged to help drain the farmland north of town. As a result, dredging ridges from the clay of the old creek bottom form steep banks, often 10 or so feet above the water. The creek-side sections of the trail frequently swoop down from the natural edge of the creek valley and up onto the dredging ridges. As many times as you go down, you get a short steep climb out. The trail also makes good use of the elevation changes along the sandy ridges. Also, note that the singletrack crosses the 8 mile long system of 2-track roads many times. There should be no horses on the singletrack, but be alert to the possibility of horses at these intersections. Horses hate surprises: go slow, talk to them calmly, and give them plenty of space. The trail system comprises four loops: North Loop, South loop, Gnu Loop, and Frog Holler, altogether more than 13 miles of riding. The most challenging parts are the creekside sections of the North and South Loops, and the Gnu Loop. Thanks to east and west bridges, the creekside sections can be ridden as a loop, or avoided altogether. The “dismal swamp” section of the South Loop and the north end of the northbound part of the Gnu Loop are slow to dry out, and should be avoided when wet. We continue to add armoring and minibridges to the problem areas, and eventually, these will be good within a day after any rain. Like all Michigan trails that get a lot of use, the Midland City Forest is pretty rooty. Along with many short steep pitches, there are lots of log piles, a ramp over a big fallen oak, a 40 foot log ride, a couple of jumps, a teeter-totter, and the 150 foot long Boy Scout bridge with 3 banked curves over a seasonal pond. It is a moderately technical trail. If there has been a lot of snow, the trail is great for snowshoeing. But Midland is not a snowbelt area, and winter riding on frozen trail can be good. Studded tires are recommended. Just SE of the MCF is Midland’s north-end business district — a mall, sprawl, and big box mess. However, there is a sidewalk from the SE corner of the park that you can ride straight south along Eastman Road (a dangerous road on a bike) to a Starbucks or a Logan’s Road House, should you feel the need to alter your consciousness one way or the other.

Network: Northeast

Trail Miles: 13

Entry Fees: none

Forum Thread: Link

Trail Web Site: Link

Trail Maps: Image file 1, Image file 2

Directions: From US Rte 10, take the Eastman Road exit. Go north two miles on Eastman (for the second mile, the City Forest is on your left). Turn left at the light at Monroe road. Go ½ mile west to the City Forest main parking area on the south side of the road. There is a pretty nice outhouse there for your enjoyment.

Trail Location: 2840 E Monroe Rd, Midland, MI 48642

Phone: (989) 837-6930

Hours: 8am – 11pm



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Edwards Creek     

There is currently 7.35 miles of winding intermediate and expert singletrack trail including a good variety of terrain. Short, intense climbs, downhills with plenty of rocks, roots and log & structure crossings and lots of off-camber trail to keep you on your toes. This trail is tight, technical and very challenging. Bring your technical skills and endurance.

Network: Western

Trail Miles: 7.35

Forum Thread: Link

Trail Web Site: Link

Trail Maps: PDF File, Image File

Directions: The general location is M-57 just east of M-91. Head east along M-57 to Walnut Street. Go north for approximately 0.2 miles to the Allen G. Davis Ballfield entrance. The trailhead is on your left as you enter the park.

Trail Location: S. Walnut Street, Greenville, MI 48838

Phone: (616) 754-8887


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Greenville Shearer Rd      

4.6 miles of wide, winding, single track, mostly flat terrain, with lots of rocks and roots, and a little of that Edwards Creek spice.This trail was cut for some fast riding,and will be getting faster and wider over the summer .Also a very good trail for the novice riders who want to take it a little slower,and learn some new skills.

Network: Western

Trail Miles: 4.6

Entry Fees: None

Forum Thread: Link

Trail Web Site: Link

Trail Maps: No Maps Available

Directions: The trail head is near the rear entrance drive to the City transfer station at 1758 Shearer Road in Greenville. The trail head and parking are in front of the gate.

Trail Location: 1758 Shearer Rd, Greenville, MI 48838

Phone: 616.754.8887


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Hanson Hills      

Hanson Hills Recreation Area provides a mix of single track and two track trails that travel through a variety of rolling hills which covers over 1,500 acres of recreational playground. Riders of all calibers can challenge themselves on this scenic trail that incorporates fast single track, hill climbs and fun descents. As your cranks turn, new single-track trails are being added to this trail system. There is approximately 8 miles of singletrack with 8 – 10 more being added in 2004. This municipal ski and recreation area operates on a non-profit basis and is located on Department of Military Affairs property.

Network: Northern

Trail Miles: 21

Entry Fees: none

Forum Thread: Link

Trail Web Site: Link

Trail Maps: PDF File

Directions: Take I-75 to Downtown Grayling exit, follow I-75 Business Loop to M-72 West. Take M-72 West (Toward Traverse City), Turn Left on M-93 (Towards Camp Grayling) proceed ½ mile, then turn Left at our sign (HANSON HILLS SKI AREA). Park at the Main Lodge, Trail Head starts next to Pond. Maps are available at Main Lodge.

Trail Location: 7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: (888) 876-2196


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Ionia     

Nine miles of designated mountain bike trails are available that travel through wetland, meadows, and a wooded trail along the Grand River.

Network: Western

Trail Miles: 9

Entry Fees: Resident: $6/daily, $24/annual. Non-resident: $8/daily, $29/annual

Forum Thread: Link

Trail Web Site: Link

Trail Maps: PDF File

Directions: I-96 to the M-66 exit and go north. Follow M-66 straight into town where you’ll go down a surprisingly steep hill. Riverside Drive is right at the bottom of this hill. Turn left (west) onto Riverside and you’ll be at the trailhead parking lot in about 2.5 miles. It’ll be on your right. A water pump, shelter, and trail map are here as well.

Trail Location: 2880 West David Highway, Ionia, MI 48846

Phone: (616) 527-3750


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Luton Park Trail     

Luton Park is a multi-use trail system. Please yield to hikers and trail runners. There is a total of 9 miles of trail utilizing a stacked loop system with flatter beginner trails (the Blue and Green Loops) and tighter, hillier advanced trails that include logs and rocks gardens (the Yellow, Orange, Red and Black Loops). The area incorporates pines, meadows, hardwoods, marshes and three bridge crossings over Rum Creek. Please avoid this trail after heavy rain due to the high clay content and low marsh areas near Rum Creek. Luton Park is closed to night riding since all Kent County Parks are only open from dawn to dusk. The good news is that this area is closed to hunting but open to bikes and hiking all year long.

Network: Western

Trail Miles: 9

Forum Thread: Link

Trail Web Site: Link

Trail Maps: Image File 1, Image File 2

Directions: A small temporary parking lot has been built on the north side of Kies St. about 1 mile east of Courtland Dr. In the future plans call for a larger parking lot on 10 Mile Road. Access the trail system via the two-way connector trail. Ride slow and please use caution on the connector trail.

Trail Location : 5860 Kies St., Rockford, MI 49341

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