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great trail......needs water options

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

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

Flat and good for everyone. There is access to a load of other trails

mountain biking
3 months ago

I have not rode the entire trail yet but it is kept clean and very wide. Good for everyone.

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.

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

Great trails and relatively easy.

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
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Good for beginners

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Great for beginners and fun for experienced!!!

backpacking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Excellent trail for hiking, running, or biking. Busier on the weekends. Mornings are perfect.

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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road biking
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walking
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walking
2 months ago

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