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Enjoy West Michigan by Bike

When it comes to biking trails, there’s no place like West Michigan! Home to thousands of miles of trails and pathways, bikers of all experience levels can head out for a leisurely ride, an exhilarating adventure, or a scenic tour any time of year. 

 

Copper Harbor (Upper Peninsula) 

Head way north to encounter an internationally renowned mountain bike trail system that will not disappoint! Keweenaw Adventure Company invites you to come explore the Keweenaw Peninsula’s terrain and the Copper Harbor area’s variety of trails, from family friendly to expert. Scoured away by the glaciers over 10,000 years ago, the rocky, rugged terrain of exposed bedrock, spiny ridge-lines, and undulating valleys left behind offer a genuine mountain biking experience unlike anywhere else in this part of the country. 

 

Marquette (Upper Peninsula) 

Marquette County’s bike trails have been designated as a bronze-level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, one of just 27 ride centers in the world and only seven in the Midwest. The Marquette County system has four clusters with more than 150 miles of single-track, from beginner to expert-level downhill, within the cities of Marquette, Ishpeming, and Negaunee, as well as the Little Presque Isle Recreation Area. 

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail through Marquette County is a 47-mile multi-use trail from Republic Township to Chocolay Township, with 15 miles of paved trail for walking, biking, and inline skating, as well as sections for cross-country skiing, horseback riding, ATVs, and snowmobiles. The Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) was built with all rider styles and skills in mind, including flow, technical, jump, freeride, downhill, dual slalom, and trails for kids and beginners. 

 

St. Ignace (Upper Peninsula) 

St. Ignace has a number of biking and multi-use trails, including several designated bike loops for day trippers ranging in length from ten to forty miles. 

Mackinac Island (Upper Peninsula) 

Great bicycling adventures begin at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island this summer. As you step back in time to a world where no cars or worries are allowed, Mission Point’s custom Detroit Bikes fleet paves the way for miles of shoreline explorations and unparalleled views. Pack up for the perfect picnic at Boxwood Coffeeshop & Cafe before circling the island’s exterior on M-185 or touring the sights on 70+ miles of interior trails. End your bicycle excursion on Mission Point’s adirondack-dotted Great Lawn for a relaxing end to a fun-filled day. Get out and immerse yourself in Michigan’s natural beauty this season at Mission Point on Mackinac Island.

Mackinaw City (North) 

Looking to take your family biking somewhere unique? Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry offers bike transportation of your own bike to Mackinac Island! For $13 (per bike) your bike will be handled with the utmost care and transported safely across the Straits of Mackinac. Bike eight miles around the island or divert inland for trails all throughout Mackinac Island State Park. Want to ride somewhere new? Let Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry take you there! 

If you find yourself heading to Mackinac Island from the Upper Peninsula, you can also catch the ferry from their St. Ignace dock!

Gaylord (North) 

The Gaylord area is home to some of the best biking trails in Michigan. The North Central Trail that extends from Gaylord 73 miles north to Mackinaw City is one of the most scenic trails in the Midwest.

Charlevoix (North) 

Charlevoix has numerous biking and walking trails that connect many different sections of the area together. These Northern Michigan trails are non-motorized, multi-purpose trails that can ordinarily be used for running, hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating. 

Petoskey (North) 

The Petoskey Area invites bicyclists to explore one bike trail or another in virtually all of the communities of Petoskey, Alanson, Bay Harbor, Boyne City/Boyne Falls, and Harbor Springs. The trails wind through woods and along water, and offer something for everyone from the strongest hill climbers to those who want just a leisurely ride. Mountain bikers will find an array of places perfect for an exhilarating workout. 

Grayling (North) 

A variety of terrain and numerous scenic trails for the novice to expert rider have made Grayling and Crawford County a favorite bikers’ destination.  

Bellaire (North) 

Take in Northern Michigan’s beauty at Shanty Creek Resort, and the greater Bellaire area, on two wheels. Ride the trails on the resort’s 5,000 acres, pedal through the lush forests and trail system at nearby Glacial Hills, or take a road ride over the gentle hills along the turquoise blue lake on Torch Lake Drive. Want to enjoy a scenic ride without the effort? Try Shanty Creek’s e-bikes. These motor-assisted bicycles are perfect for exploring the rolling hills of Shanty Creek Resort. Standard bikes and e-bikes are available for rent by the hour, half-day, day, or weekend.

Suttons Bay (North) 

Imagine biking through gentle rolling hills of Michigan’s premier wine country and paddling on the pristine waters of the bay. Stay at the Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay with the Outdoor Adventure Package, which will have you off for a full day exploring bike trails and the nearby waters.  Choose your speed with hybrid bikes, e-bikes, kayaks, or SUPs. The Inn staff will also pack you a picnic and have a glass of wine waiting for you at hospitality hour! 

There is no better way to experience the Grand Traverse area wineries than by bike! Grand Traverse Bike Tours of Suttons Bay offers guided and self-guided tours to experience the wineries along the paved Leelanau Trail for a wine tour like no other. You’ll also find a variety of bike options for rent to help you get out and explore, including e-bikes, road bikes, and mountain bikes for adults and youth.  

Mecosta County (Central) 

If you are looking for a place to bike, Mecosta County has the trail for you. From a leisurely ride while taking in a scenic view to a challenging adventure, you’ll find the trail that is right for you. Enjoy biking, hiking, and taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the great outdoors along the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail. Explore 200 acres at the White Pine Valley Recreation Area or the Big Rapids Riverwalk, perfect for walking, biking, or rollerblading along the Muskegon River. Looking for a more exciting ride? Get ready to take on Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam, a 47-mile non-motorized trail offering premier adventure sports and world class mountain biking, hiking, running, and winter sports experiences. 

Mt. Pleasant (Central) 

Grab your bike and head to Deerfield Nature Park in Mt. Pleasant. Great for hiking, biking, and recharging. Deerfield Park features nearly 600 acres to explore. Voted Isabella County’s most beautiful place by Pure Michigan.

Ludington (Central) 

Ludington is a destination for biking in all seasons. From an in-town, 10-mile loop to paved trails at the state park, there are locations available for all skill levels. Need to rent a bike? Head to Spindrift Cyclesports, where an experience mechanic is also available to provide necessary tune-ups. 

 

Grand Haven (Central) 

Are you wondering how to make 2021 the best year yet? An electric bike could be your ticket! E-bikes have top speeds between 20 and 28 mph, and they travel between 30 to 70 miles on a single charge. These bikes fit all types of riders, whether you’re an avid mountain biker or haven’t touched a bike in 20 years. Electric Bike Place in Grand Haven has over 100 bikes available, with more coming every month, and test rides are available by appointment. Amplify 2021 and experience active fun on an electric bike!

Muskegon (Central) 

With over 60 miles of natural and paved trails, you will find plenty of solitude and stunning views in Muskegon. Download the Movatic app to use the bike share program (bikes are available at the Visitors Center and Muskegon Farmers Market). 

 

Lansing (South)

Whether you bike it, run it, walk it, or paddle by it, the Lansing River Trail is one of Lansing’s most treasured assets. This 17 mile trail traces the banks of the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers and winds through artsy neighborhoods, historic sites, and activities of all sorts.

Kalamazoo (South)

Kalamazoo is on the Great Lake to Lake Bike Trail and there are many great opportunities in and around Kalamazoo to bike. Get your heart pumping mountain biking at Kalamazoo’s Maple Hill Trail, known for its jumps, banked corners, and rock features, or explore 25-miles of maintained trails at Fort Custer State Recreation Area. Check out the Discover Kalamazoo site for more bike-friendly getaway destinations in Kalamazoo.

Bicyclists staying at Kalamazoo House can go in multiple directions on paved bike trails. Head out on the popular Kalamazoo River Valley Trail or, for a longer ride, strike out on the 34.5-mile Kal-Haven Trail linking Kalamazoo with South Haven. 

Saugatuck (South)

The Saugatuck area is a beautiful place to bike, and Serendipity B & B in downtown Saugatuck is ready to welcome bikers! Some particular trails to check out are the Saugatuck-Holland bike path, the Blue Star Trail from South Haven to Saugatuck, and the Beach to Bayou Trail in Douglas. Mark your calendars for a riding and tasting adventure with the Lakeshore Harvest Ride on September 18, 2021! 

South Haven (South)

The South Haven area boasts over 48 miles of hiking and biking trails, earning the area the designation of Pure Michigan Trail Town. The Kal-Haven Trail is a 33.5 mile linear multi-use trail that links Kalamazoo to South Haven, built on the abandoned Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroad route. The Great Lake-to-Lake Route #1 begins in South Haven and runs east across the State of Michigan to Port Huron. In South Haven, the Kal-Haven trail serves as the first leg of the Route #1 trail. The entire 290+ mile trail was connected in the fall of 2019. The Van Buren Trail is a 14-mile linear multi-use trail that links the cities of Harford and South Haven. The trail runs through open farmland, blueberry fields, dense brush, and wooded areas. The trail contains a 4.5 mile trail spur that links Van Buren State Park to South Haven. 

Coldwater Country (South)

South Central Michigan’s Coldwater Country offers a variety of biking opportunities. From a quick ride around town to the rolling hills type excursion in the countryside. Visit the Coldwater Country website or download the Coldwater Country Map-n-Tour app for 15- and 20-mile bike tours. The app also includes local favorite things to see and do, along with places to stop for a bite while checking out the area on two wheels.

St. Joseph (South)

Add a sculpture scavenger hunt to your trip to Southwest Michigan! In partnership with Krasl Art Center (KAC), Scooter Joe’s of St. Joseph now offers a 90-minute Public Art Scavenger Hunt. This Surrey bike tour will challenge your family and friends on a quest to the Arboretum, Silver Beach, and KAC’s grounds on a pedal powered Surrey bike. Return the completed map filled with questions about the works in their permanent collection to KAC for a free prize! 

Statewide 

Whether it’s bicycling along a former rail road alignment, along roads, or mountain biking across rugged terrain, Michigan State Parks offer unique opportunities for bicyclists of all ages, types, and skill levels. Please note: many trails are multi-use trails; bikers please be sure to yield the right of way to hikers and horses!

 

Find more West Michigan Trails  and Outdoor Recreation in the 2021 West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide.