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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

mountain biking
3 months ago

awesome trails, not well marked though

hiking
3 months ago

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

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!

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!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great trail for beginners but the trail markings are a little confusing. The trail is well maintained, clean, very peaceful and secluded. I have no complaints about the faint noise from the shooting range, you can only hear it in the beginning of the trail. It is mostly flat but you will encounter rocks, and tree roots, which is expected because the trail is in a wooded area. Overall, I had a great experience. This was my first time on the trail and I will be going back for sure.

Perfect hike today, trails in great condition with little to no mud.

Definitely a fun and moderately challenging trail if you go off the main trail. Good hills and saw some wildlife such as a deer that stood in the trail a few feet away. Also saw a pretty big garter snake. The trail was quite muddy in spots and some big tree limbs down perhaps due to the storms yesterday. The trails are not marked well and can get quite confusing especially if you take too many turns. Also, you need a park pass for city of Rochester Hills - it was free today though.

I came here with my son a while back and saw a family of deer literally feet away from us, shits majestic

Today was my first time mountain biking… I took the single track and it really wasn’t that bad… I’ll be back, a lot… Great for beginners

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome place, even if it’s still a little icy out.

Great trails and relatively easy.

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Nice mix of paved and non paved trails.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I run, road bike, mountain bike, kayak, and play disc golf here. The park is nice for what it is and the paved trail now links with Dodge Park (via a couple blocks of side streets) which makes for a nice longish run or ride. The on-site (gun) shooting range ruins the peaceful park ambiance when in-use. MTB trail is very beginner friendly.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

The trail is very pretty, however it appears that there is a gun range near by. There was constant shooting for entire morning we spent there, which made the dog frantic and made it quite difficult to enjoy the serenity of nature. Also, in June it was moderately trafficked, at least.

Very well maintained and nice trail

mountain biking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Awesome

trail running
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Beautiful trails. Great for running!

mountain biking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Really nice MTB trails. Good for beginner/intermediate. Lots of fun!

mountain biking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Good for beginners

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sweet trails good for beginners

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Great for beginners and fun for experienced!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Very hard and fun

Friday, June 24, 2016

Great MTB trail, very technical, make sure your brakes work well. The trail is a little over 5 miles, more like if you count the number of times you get lost and have to turn around. Trail is NOT clearly marked, and can get confusing.

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