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The trail is wide and flat like your walking on a country road. It has some nice scenic areas. I ran out of battery while I was recording so it stops near Mt. Sheldon.

It’s great for training for bigger longer hikes. Not too crowded makes it nice for carrying a large pack

There’s nothing wrong with this trail . The 3 star rating is just that it’s really simple. Hardly any inclines and really only one good view of the lake . I’ll stick to the state park trails instead.

I was surprised by this trail. I wasn’t expecting it to be much more than a walking path. But had some pretty challenging hills, especially when on the bike trails. I also liked being able to get to the cider mill from the trail.

Family friendly park. Much of the path wide enough for both hikers and bikers. Pretty well groomed. Could have improved marking. Lots of spots to rest and easy access to restroom and trash receptacles.

Wonderful dirt trail along the lake. Under a high canopy of falling leaves you still need to look down while walking for the occasional root system. Pretty views of the lake on the oak grove entry point.

nice. saw deer and other wildlife. some trail signs broken but still easy to navigate especially with app. this is best for higher level beginner starting to train more elevation.

feels like we're up north hiking with all the inclines and woods surrounding us

3 months ago

Beautiful trail through a forest. Able to see many different wildlife: deer, rabbits, cardinals, bluejays, and butterflies everywhere.

3 months ago

Fun to explore. It can be easy to get turned around though, as some of the inner trails are not well marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful wilderness area.

hiking
3 months ago

I love these trails. Be sure you have access to a map though, the trails aren't marked well.

My wife and I recommend this trail for anyone getting into hiking or who wants a nice scenic hike for a day. Lovely location and nice trail. It is decently challenging in a couple spots, but nothing hard core. All around great hike.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Hilly and a great walk. Mt Bikers and hikers both on the trails

mountain biking
4 months ago

awesome trails, not well marked though

hiking
4 months ago

Really nice trails, not very well marked so it was hard to tell if you were going the right way

hiking
4 months ago

Love the area, deer, flowers, etc., but needs some improvement. Some parts of the trails were very narrow with possible poisonous plants growing in the path. Other parts were wide and nicely mowed. Attempted the Riverside Trail. It appeared to eventually go through very tall weeds (6ft+). I continued on what I thought was the trail, but eventually lost the path. Could not see where my feet were stepping and the ground was uneven at the same time. Eventually turned around and went up the Deer Trail. Was wearing shorts and ended up with lots of stinging scratches/welts on my legs from what I thought was the Riverside Trail. Hope to return someday and see if I made a wrong turn somewhere, or if it really is that poorly maintained. Wear long pants and long sleeves!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice well marked, and maintained trails. This area has meadows, dense forest,lakes, and wetlands. The park is in the process of replacing all the old fiberglass markers with wood post at the trail intersections. They have added covered information kiosk at the parking areas. The only issue is noise from the gun club near by. This can be avoided If you go in the early morning during the week.

walking
4 months ago

Nice for a quick walk. Wish it was marked better on where to go because when I first started walking it turned from paved road to gravel and I didn't know if I took a wrong turn. However, following the trail map on my phone was easy enough. Would go back again. It seems like a safe area as well.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Trails were great! Well maintained and had options for beginners and seasoned mountain bikers. However, trails were not marked well. Was my first time riding there the other day and got lost multiple times. Had no idea were I was or where I was going. Had to back track a couple times. Trails are good, just work on signs!

FYI, River Bends park connects to Clinton River Heritage Park on Van Dyke.
AFTER you pass Jimmy Johns Field, cross the street (Auburn Rd), stay on trail and go down under 59, then cross Clinton River, go down Davis Street two blocks then turn left on Nichols. From Nichols you’ll pickup trail in Clinton River Heritage Park located on Van Dyke just south of M59.
From Clinton River Heritage Park the trail continues on to Clinton River Park and then to Dodge Park. Stay on the trail along the Clinton River when in doubt, especially in Dodge Park.
There’s a gas station across the street from Dodge Park to eat or refreshments if needed however we always pack a lunch. Also plenty of clean bathrooms with running water at Dodge Park. Enjoy the ride. I believe the round trip between Dodge and River Bends Parks is less than 15 miles.
Our next excursion will be from Dodge Park (where we always start out) To Paint Creek Trail. Hopefully the trails all connect but will review once completed.

Also, all trails mentioned above are paved

I’ve been visiting Bloomer Park for years walking, hiking and even floated down the Clinton River when the water level was a bit higher. Love this park!

Decent trail for biking. It's crushed gravel at the start and is paved all around the lake. The trail was a little unclear at the Shelby rd. Intersection. You need to bike on the sidewalk a short ways until you can connect with he actual bike trail again.

Nice trails.

East Lake is the best hiking trail in the park. It is probably the least used. I typically combine the Lake Head Trail with the East Lake. I never get sick of that trail.

it's very fun for MTB has different levels (several) of trails... will make you sweat.

Beautiful dragonfly and butterfly action this morning! Although it rained all day yesterday, the trail wasn’t a mess- which was great!

road biking
5 months ago

Super fun bike trail! I did this on a rather warm day in the end of June, but there was plenty of shade along the trail to keep it cool. The trail itself is dirt/packed stone and a very easy ride. It rained heavily the day prior, but the trail was perfectly fine with only a few little muddy bits.

Great trail if you want to get a quick and easy 20 miles in.

Great Outdoor hiking trail. Just don't come on Wednesdays and cut the trails with lawn mowers.

Nice trials but one thing, TICKS, a lot of them. I understand there’s really nothing to do about them, but this trail head was really bad.

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