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Where to Find the Best Biking Trails in Michigan

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Michigan is a treasure trove for outdoor adventures and scenic beauty. With so many activities available for every season, the opportunities for fun are endless. Southeast Michigan offers several options for biking trails — from urban to dirt trails, and everything in between. 

Many of these Michigan biking trails also feature nearby attractions or conveniences that can enhance a person’s experience. Whether it’s a cider mill immediately off the beaten path, or wandering through the urban trails near the riverfront in Detroit, there’s something for everyone. And for those craving a weekend adventure, biking in the Upper or Lower Peninsula can be a great addition to any trip.

Here are some of the most popular biking trails in the local area and throughout the state.

 

Nearby Biking Trails in Michigan

 

Addison Oaks County Park (6 bike trails ranging from packed dirt to paved surface in Leonard, Michigan)

Polly Ann Trail (14.2-mile long crushed aggregate and asphalt-surface trail connecting Orion Township, Oxford Township, the Village of Oxford, Addison Township, and the Village of Leonard in Oakland County)

Bloomer Park Loop in Rochester (6.8 miles with a 331-foot elevation)

Corktown Bike Lane and Bike Tour (paved routes meandering through metro Detroit and Corktown)

Belle Isle Park (6-mile trail loop on Belle Isle that connects to the Iron Belle Trail, which spans the state of Michigan)

Border-to-Border Trail (currently over 24 miles of trails ranging from dirt to paved road in east Ann Arbor to Washtenaw/Wayne County line)

Glacial Hills Pathway (31.5 miles of mountain biking and winter trails, based in Bellaire, Michigan)

Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail (heavily wooded, 4-mile crushed stone trail in the Canton Center Road, Palmer Road, and Michigan Avenue area through Canton Township featuring several wooden bridges with views of the river)

Clinton River Trail (16 miles of asphalt and crushed stone through Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, and Rochester; continues as the West Bloomfield Trail to the west and the Macomb Orchard Trail to the east; neighbors the Paint Creek Trail)

West Bloomfield Trail (6.8-mile crushed stone trail)

Macomb Orchard Trail (23.5-mile asphalt and concrete trail from Rochester to Richmond)

Paint Creek Trail (8.9-mile gravel trail from Lake Orion to Rochester)

Maybury State Park Mountain Biking Trail (moderately hilly, wooded 5-mile trail in Northville with a 974-foot elevation)

Proud Lake Recreation Area (8.83-mile trail in Commerce Township and Milford that includes some equestrian traffic)

 

Other Michigan Biking Trails You Must Experience

 

Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR): A 518-mile network of clandestine routes that were used to smuggle slaves to freedom before and during the Civil War

Copper Harbor Trails: Over 35 miles of single-track and rough forestland features through Copper Harbor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Marquette Trail System: Nine trails with over 300 miles of mixed-pavement routes throughout Marquette in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula

 

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

 

Spring is the perfect opportunity to get out with friends or family and enjoy a weekend of biking while the air is still cool. Whether you’re looking to connect with nature or amp up your fitness routine, an exciting and beautiful bike trail near you may be just what you need.

If you’re new to Michigan or just want to try something different, contact us for more suggestions for outdoor recreation opportunities in the metro Detroit area.