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BIKING & HIKING IN METRO DETROIT

The biking in Metro Detroit is more than good – IT’S FABULOUS! Trailways are offered in most of the County, Metro and State parks in the region. Additional trails can be found linking several communities together, taking the bike traveler on a wonderful trip of exploration and discovery. A number of these trails pass along a sense of history as riders use repurposed rail lines that allow them to trace the pathways used to connect communities in days long past. Rides run through meadows and forests while others take you through urban canyons. All are pet friendly and on some trails you may even have to share space with horses – so be careful where you roll!

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Locations, trail heads, maps and trail activities can be found on Michigan State, Metro and County Park systems websites. (See the Parks section of Sports and Recreation for more details.)

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The Macomb Orchard Trail is completely paved its 23.5 mile length; runs across northern Macomb County from Shelby Township in the west to Richmond in the east. The Clinton River Trail extends for 16 miles in Oakland County and runs from Sylvan Lake to Rochester. The West Bloomfield Trail is a 6.8 mile rail trail connecting West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake. The eastern end connects with the Clinton River Trail.

Belle Isle State Park is located near downtown Detroit in the Detroit River. The park has a 6 mile bike lane that circles the outer edge of the island. The Detroit Riverwalk offers views of the Detroit Skyline for 3.5 miles along the Detroit River. The Grosse Ile Trail is located downriver; runs 6.2 miles along the entire length of Grosse Ile. Polly Ann Trail is an overall ride of 34 miles through Oakland and Lapeer Counties (14.2 in Oakland and 20 in Lapeer). Is open to horses throughout its length. Connects communities of Orion Township, Lake Orion, Oxford Township, Oxford, Addison Township ad Leonard in Oakland County. Dequindre Cut Greenway is a paved path just over a mile long in downtown Detroit.The trail has separate lanesfor cyclists and pedestrians and you'll find entrance ramps at Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, and Woodbridge Street. The trail is called the “Cut” because it’s a wide trench that was sunk 25 feet below street level in the 1920s by the Grand Trunk Railroad to avoid foot and vehicle traffic, which continued overhead unimpeded on more than a dozen bridges. The Huron Valley Trail is an extensive network connecting 25 miles of trails, including Kensington MetroPark in Milford and Lyon Oaks County Park in Wixom. I-275 Metro Trail offers 40 miles of paved bike path in a north/south direction from Novi in Oakland County to New Boston in Wayne County. Hines Park Trail offers 17.2 miles of paved trail along Edward Hines Drive in the Rouge River Basin that travels through Wayne County parks and recreation areas. Go through Plymouth, Livonia, Westland, Garden City and Dearborn Heights meeting up with the 2 mile scenic Rouge River Gateway Trail which is heavily wooded and located close to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford. The Lower Rouge River Trail follows the Rouge River from Canton Center Rd. to the I-275 Metro Trail. The 3 mile trail crosses the river over 8 bridges and ties in with the ITC Corridor Trail that runs north for another 3 miles. The Island Lake Pathway runs east–west through the densely-wooded landscape of the Island Lake Recreation Area southeast of Brighton. Although relatively short, the paved trail may prove a challenge to some as it courses through hilly terrain. The Metro Parkway Trail (Freedom Trail)is 11 miles of paved trailway stretching from Lake St. Clair MetroPark in Harrison Township to Schoenherr Rd. in Sterling Heights. The Milford Trail connects the Village of Milford with the popular Kensington Metropark in Oakland County. The winding trail offers plenty of scenery as it travels through woodlands and wetlands. At the trail’s southern endpoint, it meets the Kensington Metropark Trail, which continues into the popular park and around scenic Kent Lake. The Downriver Linked Greenways Trail stretches 24.5 miles from the Lower Huron Metropark to Lake Erie Metropark. This asphalt trail travels the Huron River basin through numerous metroparks and downriver communities. Lakelands Trail State Park is one of Michigan’s “linear” state parks which is made up of 8 miles of paved asphalt and 12 miles of compacted limestone trail which allows horseback riding from Pinckney to Stockbridge. The Paint Creek Trail is 8.9 scenic miles connecting the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township and Lake Orion. First “rail to trail” route in State of Michigan.

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