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mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail for endurance in pedaling. Many roots, and a little confusing at first

backpacking
1 month ago

Although I would have liked to give a 5-star review for this trail, there are a few major issues that caused me to remove three stars. The trail is shorter than the route posted here and lacks interesting landscape for the second half of the hikable portion of the trail.

I believe the other reviews for this trail are based on the first 3-4 miles of trail which consists of a dirt path with a layer of sand on top and is about 1.5 car widths wide. This part of the trail is very easy to walk and has some decent views of changing landscapes. However, once you have passed this part of the trail things change.

This trail is much skinnier and requires that you follow trees marked with blue paint. After taking this portion of the trail for ~1 mile you end up on a dirt, country road. The actual trail deviates from the road from time to time but I found it difficult to find these diverging trails and ended up just traveling on the road for a while longer. This was not really what I had wanted to spend my time hiking since it was a cleared dirt road with little more than ditches to look at while walking. At ~5-6 miles in there was a difficult to see the entrance to continue on the trail (once again marked by blue paint on trees). I entered here and the foliage became much more intrusive. About a mile further into this, the path became impassable. There were large weeds interspersed with thickets of trees and raspberry bushes. The blue paint marking our path also seemed to end. I did use GPS and the route provided to move forward but the plants were too thick.

This is the crux of my 2-star rating. If you are planning on backpacking the 18-mile trail I don't believe it is possible at this time of year. After ~8-9miles of hiking the trail disappears in thick brush and trees. Although I can't be mad about this as the trail is cleared by volunteers and I know that I would not want to be in charge of clearing that thick forest, it would have been nice to see that the trail is much shorter than the advertised description.

A nice little urban forest trail. Mixed use in some places, well marked, with porta-johns in the parking lot, pet waste bags and trash cans available, as well as a few benches. Not especially challenging, but a pleasant hike. I saw a variety of squirrels, a deer and a turtle on my bike and heard an owl nearby but didn't see it. Trails are wide and clean.

trail running
3 months ago

Nice trail that extends from the Tridge to the Chippewa Nature Center. I’ve run it many times and have never had to stop, despite crossing roads a couple times. Only downsides are that there isn’t much shade, and it isn’t plowed and salted during the winter like the rail trail is.

trail running
3 months ago

Flat-as-a-pancake bike path. Not much shade and the surface is asphalt, so it can get hot during the summer. Crosses roads a couple times, but a good stop to do tempos and continuous running, as it avoids high traffic areas. During the winter, parts of it are usually plowed and salted by the city of Midland, so it can be a good spot to get good footing in, even after snowfall.

trail running
3 months ago

Good mix of running trails and biking trails. Either can be run on, but if you’re looking to run at a decent pace, I would stick to the regular trails. If just out for fun, bike trails are fine though. Footing quality depends on which parts you’re in. I’ve fallen once in the ~20x I’ve run there. Usually if you pay attention you’ll be ok though. Only downside is that it’s easy to get lost in/not know where you are. That could likely be avoided by checking maps along the trails, but I don’t like stopping while I’m running. Great source of shade in the summer and fall until the leaves fall, then footing can get precarious.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great trails, highly recommend rolling through the GNU. Went with my girlfriend and she hit it like a boss, only fell 3 times but did not get hurt. Riding down by the creek side was nice. great experience. only suggestion would be better mark trails for easier navigation.

mountain biking
4 months ago

1st time there awesome. highly suggest. I did south loop only had a hour or so to spend but it was worth it.. fun place. I will be back.

I take my dog here and we both love it. She goes swimming in the creek and the wetland area and I get to have a decent workout walking the trails.

hiking
7 months ago

Best hiking trail in lower Michigan.

Wonderful!

backpacking
Saturday, September 23, 2017

DO NOT GO TO THIS TRAIL AT NIGHT!
As a 15 year old training for his 2600 mike thru hike this is great, until it gets dark and you can no longer follow the poorly marked trails. But if you have all day just get lost in the intertwined mess of trails, it’ll be great.

walking
Thursday, August 31, 2017

I always enjoy visiting the Nature Center when I'm in Michigan. The trails are well-marked and taken care of.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Beautiful nature center with friendly staff. Trails were well maintained, easy to follow and wide. Lots of variety along the way, pretty scenery.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Hiking the North Loop

Good

Trails are well marked and maintained
Great parking
Multi use
Actually is moderate hike

Bad

Boring for hiking
Trails intertwined, did get confusing at times
Map along trail changed orientation over several signs- not cool

Friday, July 07, 2017

Great trails fun for all levels!

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

River trail is great for spotting birds, turtles, and some deer.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great trail for a couple mile hike. They allow dogs and horses which is a plus.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Very nice paved trail with wide surface

Friday, April 07, 2017

:)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Great ride

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Great trail, very scenic, great place to let your dog off the leash (Internet says leash - sign at park "says dog must be under control".) Locals leave their pets off their leash. Good place to hike/walk. No paved paths all dirt paths and bike/hike paths can be narrow in the woods.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Good trails for beginners to advanced. Trails are kept clean of trees. It is narrow on the summer with the under growth.

camping
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Very fun!

walking
Sunday, March 08, 2015

I grew up coming to City Forest for walking, skiing, and sledding. It remains one of my favorite places to go when I want to get out in the woods. The bike trails are fantastic for running and hiking in the summer and fall and the skiing trails are beautiful and kept fairly well-groomed in the winter. Their facilities for sledding, skating, and tobogganing make this a popular winter sports destination and for good reason. The chalet is wonderful for warming up, grabbing some popcorn and hot cocoa, or for holding events. I had my high school graduation party here and it was great. I am biased, though, being that City Forest was a part of my childhood.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

It Is one of my favorite trail systems. The single tracks are a bit narrow going around the corners and a fair number of roots, they keep you on your toes. Have fun out on the trails.

walking
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Beautiful trailhead starting by the Tri-Bridge. Well maintained trail that has a wide path. Lengthy with plenty to see along the way. Not a lot of shade so beware on hot summer days.

hiking
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

One of the most well taken care of trails I've ridden. Some fun man made obstacles on the gnu loop. Not a real tough trail endurance wise but I'm use to more hills since I live in NC. Although its been rainy lately the trail wasn't too muddy.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Joe's review sums up this trail nicely. Trail builders made great use of the terrain they had to work with. A bit more technical than I usually like, City Forest will help you keep your bike handling skills sharp.

mountain biking
Thursday, June 07, 2012

This is a great mountain biking trial that offers a variety of obstacles. It offers plenty of climbs and drops, a few jumps, ladder bridges, a sawed in half tree, rocks, and many other man made obstacles. If you are a beginner you can stick to the cross country trails, however the more advanced bikers will love the single tracks. The trail also drains well after rain, and the muddy spots mostly have mats or blocks down to ride on. My favorite trail in the Great Lakes Bay Region!

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