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Merrell Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rockford, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
426 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This area is mostly used for mountain biking.

mountain biking
8 days ago

Great for mountain biking or trail running this was my first ride of the season on Merrell and conditions were great— the trail maintenance did a great job. Hero dirt today!

hiking
rocky
9 days ago

I would recommend this trail to both hikers and bikers! Beautiful scenery, well-kepmt trail, and directions to keep traffic issues at a minimum. Had a great two mile hike tonight!

hiking
11 days ago

Definitely made for mountain biking, but if you’re ok with staying alert it’s a great trail and you can mix and match which tracks you take every time

3 months ago

world class mountain bike trail

mountain biking
snow
3 months ago

4 months ago

It's very pretty and very well taken care of. Nice and challenging enough and usually not to crazy busy on bikers and other hikers.

4 months ago

Hiked on a weekday and saw just one hiker and a couple bikers...good challenge and beautiful

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail with lots of character. Watch for bikers!

7 months ago

The app map is missing the black "sawtooth" trail. This trail is popular with trail bikers.

8 months ago

too many mosquitoes! make sure to spray yourself well before you get here

trail running
8 months ago

Pretty good trail. It does wind back and forth a lot so it covers the same terrain over many times. The day I went it was hot and sticky so there were not very many people using it. It looks like it is very heavily used by bikes much of the time.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail.

mountain biking
10 months ago

This trail was a great work out but it was so much fun I really didn't care. Great downhill, going uphill had the perfect upgrade. Did all the trails except the black one (sawtooth I believe). To top it off I got to see 2 fawns. Can't wait to go again.

10 months ago

Amazing ride on a MTB, awesome hike, too! Challenging but not crushing, you’ll feel it!

walking
10 months ago

Great trails for the fitness walker, not for leisure. Hills, curves, rocks, beautiful woods make this great. Just make sure you walk opposite the bikers to see them coming!

mountain biking
11 months ago

Best trails in this area of Michigan for intermediate riders!

11 months ago

Amazing mountain bike trail for intermediate riders

11 months ago

Love this trail!! It’s so much fun!

mountain biking
11 months ago

Super fun trail! Always a great time!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Merrell is open now!!! Enjoy!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Still closed

hiking
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Trail still closed as of 3/17/18. Looked like it was due to mud as it seemed to be a well groomed trail. Bummed.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Drove over an hour to hit this spot to find the trails are closed until further notice due to weather.. even tho it’s nearly 50 degrees and sunny.. pretty irritated.

hiking
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Nice area tucked away off busy 10 mile. Went for a 2 mile loop. Trail has plenty of very icy spots so be careful this time of year. Went at around noon on a nice Saturday and only ran into one hiker and a pair of bikers. Looking forward to going back to hike the entire trail

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Great trails... options for any run length!

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Loved it!! Will go back again and again. It’s a good work out. Lots of curves in the trails. Well maintained. Very pretty there.

hiking
Thursday, October 05, 2017

Started at the temporary trail head at Art Van sports complex. Trail is mainly a mountain bike trail. Lots of switch backs a few bridge and ramps for mountain biking. If I had a mountain bike this would be the place to ride the trails. Views of forest which is always nice. Great weather to hike. We (my wife and daughter) were the only people hiking along the trail. Trail was hard pack dirt with some sand and roots.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

very well maintained, variety of path options & distances, scenic... never would have guessed I was so close to a highway.

trail running
Saturday, August 12, 2017

We ran every inch of this trail and loved it! It's obviously designed for mountain biking but we had a lot of fun. They designated different directions for the bikes every other day which makes it easier to go with or against the bikes when running. The ups and downs and switchbacks kept us on our toes. Signage is great and it is very well maintained. Will definitely be back!

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Loved it! Lots of bikers so stay on the lookout but it was a really fun trail!

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