Metro Detroit, and by extension Birmingham Bloomfield, is a hiker and biker paradise with each county in the metro area having numerous trails for you to explore. Some trails (or parts of trails) even allow horses to share the space with hikers and bikers. Some of the trails are repurposed rail lines that give you a feel for how the area developed before cars took over. Here are some of the trails you may want to consider. So GET OUT, SADDLE UP and RIDE, RIDE, RIDE!!!
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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.
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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.
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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.
Locations, trail heads, maps and trail The Grosse Ile Trail is located downriver; runs 6.2 miles along activities can be found on Michigan the entire length of Grosse Ile. State, Metro and County Park systems websites. Or you can Dequindre Cut Greenway is a paved path log on to www.traillink.com just over a mile long in downtown to get needed information. The Huron Valley Trail is an extensive network connecting Detroit. The trail has separate 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.
25 miles of trails, including Kensington MetroPark in Milford and Lyon Oaks County Park in Wixom.
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 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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Black Creek Nature Trail is in Davison Township and runs along Black Creek to join with the Abernathy Park Trail located in the city of Davison. George Atkins Jr. Recreational Trail runs 7.5 miles along Pine Run Creek in the city of Clio in Vienna Township. The wide concrete path travels through a series of tunnels and bridges for an uninterrupted ride. Flushing Riverview Trail is only 1.4 miles starting at the Main Street bridge but travels through forest and wetlands along the Flint River. It includes a 72 foot bridge over Cole Creek and a 200 foot bridge over the Flint River.
B COUNTY C OM A M 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 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.
lanes for 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.
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 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.
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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. Mike Levins Lakelands Trail State Park is one of Michigan’s “linear” state parks has 34 miles of paved and unpaved mixed use trails.