River Bends Mountain Bike Trail

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River Bends Mountain Bike Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Utica, Michigan that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
111 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This is a dedicated single track, maintained by Michigan Mountain Bike Association. The trail is very easy by single track standard. However, it is well maintained (downed trees are cleared within a few days) and has a very good flow. The trail is narrow with lots of twists and turns, so it's an excellent place for beginner mountain bikers. Since it's so short, advanced mountain bikers can do multiple laps for a good cardio workout, or practice speed and techniques.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

mountain biking
3 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.

3 months ago

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

8 months ago

Great trails and relatively easy.

mountain biking
11 months ago

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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Very well maintained and nice trail

mountain biking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Good for beginners

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Great for beginners and fun for experienced!!!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Great ride close to home. Will ride twice to get 12 miles in. They also have some seasonal trails. Enjoy!

mountain biking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Great practice for a "beginner" mountain biker. Enjoyed the ride!

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

Awesome!!! Exciting!!

mountain biking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Nice ride, but the trails are not very well marked. The difficult course is not even rideable... several large fallen trees are blocking the trail

Thursday, June 04, 2015

I went on the new trail as far as I could and it is going to be spectacular when it is done.

mountain biking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Great beginner MTB trail. Took my 10 years old son today for his first MTB challenge and he did make it , first half of this loop was quite difficult for him but second one was pure joy. Great trail for family

trail running
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Great trail run that's also dog friendly. Easy to find with nice restrooms and plenty of parking. It's a pretty flat running course and is good for short and medium runs, but long runs would require many loops.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Great beginner trail, take all my buddies interested in biking on it for first time rides, good flow with some tight turns, small trail so don't need to worry about getting lost, do a few laps for a good workout, can easily bike from this park to Stoney creek as well

mountain biking
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hiking
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hiking
8 months ago

recorded stony creek

trail running
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