Best rails trails trails in Michigan

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Explore the most popular rails trails trails in Michigan with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of rails trails trails in Michigan
Top trails (28)
#1 - Kal-Haven Trail
Kal-Haven Trail Park
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Length: 34.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
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#2 - Clinton River Trail
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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Length: 15.7 mi • Est. 6 h 34 m
A Rail-to-Trail stretching between the West Bloomfield Trail to the west and the Macomb Orchard Trail to the east. The Paint Creek Trail also has its southern terminus at a point in Rochester Hills. The map shown here shows the entirety of the Clinton River Trail. The trail crosses many roads, so there are many trailheads throughout Rochester Hills and Pontiac. From the Offical Clinton River Trail map: Originally used by Native Americans as a route around the vast swamplands between Rochester and Detroit, this trail follows the Clinton River through most of its journey across Oakland County. The Grand Trunk Railroad, originally called the Michigan Air Line, laid down a rail bed along this route in 1879. When the railroad divested this portion of the rail line in 1998, The Friends of the Clinton River Trail group formed and became the catalyst for acquiring this property for trail usage. This led to the formation of the Clinton River Trail Alliance that pursued funding sources to purchase the property and developed the Clinton River Trail Master Plan to coordinate a seamless connection of the trail through the five member communities. Grant funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and GreenWays Initiative, as well as from the five individual cities made the land purchase possible, while funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation is assisting in the trails development. The ultimate goal of connecting this trail to a regional trail network is surely becoming a reality.Show more
#3 - Macomb Orchard Trail
Utica, Michigan
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Length: 23.0 mi • Est. 9 h 22 m
Great trail for biking or walking, takes you through some fairly wooded areas and some open enough to see part of the towns. You do have to cross a couple of streets along the way. Mornings are best if you want to avoid other people, it can get busy during the day on weekends. There is a "rest stop" with fairly clean bathrooms. Once you get familiar with the trail, you can find stores and restaurants just a few blocks away to refuel before heading back to your starting point. Show more
#4 - Leelanau Trail
Suttons Bay, Michigan
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Length: 15.6 mi • Est. 6 h 29 m
15.5 mile trail that can be connected to the Tart Trail for a longer ride. Starting in West Bay in TC ending in Suttons Bay. Well groomed trail open year round activities. This trail travels by the bay, through forests, rolling hills, orchards and wineries where you can stop in for a tasting. Plenty to see and do in both Suttons Bay and Traverse City making it a great "destination" ride.Show more
#5 - Chippewa Trail
Chippewa Nature Center
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
This trail connects with other trails at the nature center and in Midland. There are benches along the way for a rest. Enjoy! Accessibility: This asphalt, concrete, and wooden bridge trail is estimated to typically be at least 7 feet wide. The slope is estimated to range from flat to mostly gentle. There are 4 ADA-compliant car parking spots with access aisles at the large paved trailhead lot.Show more
#6 - Polly Ann Trail
Lake Orion, Michigan
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Length: 32.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
AllTrails users have noted that this trail is very well maintained. Enjoy! Accessibility: This asphalt, packed gravel, and wooden bridge trail is estimated to range from 2 to 9 feet wide. Portions of this trail may be a single or double track set up that trail goers using mobility equipment may need assistance to navigate. The area north of Leonard is marked with a waypoint as the gravel trail may be very narrow here. The slope is mostly gentle to moderately steep and estimated to range from -7% (downhill) to 5% (uphill) grade. There may not be a ADA-compliant or designated car parking spot at the very small paved trailhead lot that is marked here with a waypoint. Show more
#7 - Pere Marquette
Smithfield Park
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Length: 35.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
Please note, as of July 2020, users have noted that there is trail construction near Sanford due to the flood that you may have to go around. This entire route is nicely paved and flat. In the winter, parts of it are plowed and salted by the city so that it can be used year-round. There is not a lot of shade so make sure to bring water and sunscreen. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically between four and eight feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (all 1% or less) so this trail will likely be navigable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers.Show more
#8 - Kiwanis Trail
Adrian, Michigan
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 5 h 12 m
Road crossings are necessary to navigate this trail. Cross safely and enjoy being out on the trail! Accessibility: This asphalt, concrete, and wooden bridge trail is estimated to typically be at least 7 feet wide. There are handrails and edge barriers along the bridge sections. The slope is estimated to be usually gentle with a moderately steep hill at the beginning. Overall it is estimated to range from -7% (downhill) to 7% (uphill) grade. There is 1 ADA-compliant car parking spot with an access aisle at the very small paved trailhead lot.Show more
#9 - Saint Clair River Walk
Port Huron, Michigan
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
A beautiful water front trail with benches along the way for resting. Enjoy! Accessibility: This asphalt and concrete trail is estimated to typically be at least 5 feet wide. The slope is usually gentle but estimated to be very steep in a short, but avoidable, section and range overall from -11% (downhill) to 15% (uphill) grade. The steepest section is marked with a waypoint as trail goers using mobility equipment may need assistance to navigate the area. There is 1 ADA-compliant car parking spot with an access aisle at the very small paved trailhead lot.Show more
#10 - Dequindre Cut Greenway
Detroit, Michigan
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 50 m
The Dequindre Cut Greenway runs along the old Grand Trunk Railroad line between Atwater Street and Mack Avenue just north of the riverfront. Entrance ramps to the Cut are located at Atwater Street, Franklin Street, Woodbridge Street, Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, Wilkins Street and Mack Avenue.Show more
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