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Ride the Rails to Michigan Trails

Part of the joy of a journey by train is the ability to explore the stops along the way, and what better way to do that than by bike? Michigan boasts more than 1,300 miles of winding bike trails across the state – many of them close to popular urban destinations served by Amtrak® Michigan trains. Bring your bicycle onboard and start exploring some of these unique trails:

• Flint River Trail – Flint 
A ride on this asphalt-paved trail is a must for anyone visiting the east side of the state. On this trail, you’ll pass through neighborhoods and city parks while learning about Flint’s heritage via historical signs.

• Port Huron Bridge to Bay Trail – Port Huron
This trail begins near the iconic Blue Water Bridge and stretches along the St. Clair River. You’ll head over the Black River drawbridge and then through downtown Port Huron and the Blue Water River Walk, ending just past the Coast Guard Cutter Bramble Museum and a tunnel under Military Street in New Baltimore.

•Dequindre Cut – Detroit 
The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a recreational bike path that opened in 2009 after being a Grand Trunk Railroad line for many years. This 2-mile stretch offers a pedestrian link between the Detroit Riverfront, Eastern Market and many of the residential neighborhoods in between.

• Grand River Edges Trail – Grand Rapids
These trails guide you along the banks of the Grand River while connecting downtown Grand Rapids to Kent Trails and Millennium Park. The trail includes 2.2 miles of paved path in Riverside Park that connects to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park.

• Lansing River Trail – Lansing  
The Lansing River Trail is a paved 13-mile path that takes bikers along Grand River and has overlooks with views of the Michigan Capitol Building.

• Rouge Gateway Trail – Dearborn 
This trail is actually composed of two trails: the 2 mile  Rouge River Gateway Greenway and the 17.5-mile Hines Park Trail, which create a seamless 19.5-mile connection between Dearborn and Northville.

• Falling Waters Trail – Jackson
This 10.5-mile asphalt rail-trail follows the old rail bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad and is a major east-west component of the Jackson County Regional Trail plan, connecting the town of Concord with the city of Jackson.

These are a small sampling of the recreational trails and bike-friendly streets across Michigan so pack your bike and get onboard!