BLAC List: Best Bike Trails in Southeast Michigan
Put the pedal to the metal at these primo places in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for scenic cycling
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Whether you opt to bicycle as a greener way to get around town, or you're just looking for new spots to exercise with the family, check out these scenic routes in southeast Michigan.
From Detroit to Ann Arbor and beyond, we've compiled a list of local bike trails – with the help of Todd Scott, the Detroit greenways coordinator for Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance, as well as Barry Culham, the alliance's Michigander coordinator.
The lanes throughout Southwest Detroit connect to the existing Patton Park. When the project is complete, there'll be 24 total bike lanes! The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route may use this route through Detroit.
Located in Northville Township, this is a favorite local place mountain bike – not to mention walk and run, Scott told us. There are eight miles of hiking, including a history trail.
Near the waters of Walled Lake, you can enjoy 10 miles of trails for hiking, running and even skiing in Novi. Admission for residents is free. The park is open year-round.
Open since the '70s, this cool trail underwent major construction and reopened just last year. The trail, over 40 miles long, reaches those in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Once an actual railroad route, Polly Ann is now being preserved. The 14.2-mile trail offers a motorized-vehicle-free atmosphere. Public parking is available along it. Animals must have supervision and be leashed.
This initiative will ultimately link 24 miles of trail to the Downriver area. The trail will start in Flat Rock's Huroc Park and extend through Oakwoods Metropark.
This extensive network provides connections to over 25 miles of other trails, including Kensington Metropark in Milford, the James F. Atchison Memorial Park in Lyon Township and Lyon Oaks County Park in Wixom.
A fresh stretch from Dexter's Warrior Park to West Ridge just opened in March 2012. Plans to expand it further north are in the works. Design work is continuing for a 1.4-mile trail going east from Central Street to the Huron River. Eventually, this trail will be 35 miles and extend along the river.