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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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Clinton River Trail

One less Porta-Potty for trail visitors: At the Leach Road trailhead, there's now a permanent restroom! The Telegraph Bridge is open, too, and features an artificial speed barrier; a split-path "diversion" near the base of the ramp helps slow drivers down.

Macomb Orchard Trail

Completed in late 2011, this trail spreads from Dequindre Road in Shelby Township all the way up to Richmond. The trail is completely paved. Bike racks are installed in memoriam of an early supporter of the trail.

West Bloomfield Trail

Explore this 4.25-mile long trail created along the path of old railroad tracks. The West Bloomfield Extension will add 2.7 miles to the existing pathway. The entire surface will have a surface of fine-crushed limestone material.

Detroit RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut Greenway

Whether you want to rent, buy or take a bike tour, Wheelhouse Detroit is located conveniently on the RiverWalk. The Dequindre Cut is a scenic urban 1.35-mile greenway ride, which is looking to extend to north from Gratiot Avenue to Mack Avenue. For more fun, refresh at the RiverWalk Cafe, Detroit RiverFront Playpark, Cullen Family Carousel and Boll Family Water Feature (check ahead for hours).

Hines Parkway

Originally a hangout in the '70s and designed as a control plane for flooding, this bike path is now a famous for hosting picnics and softball/baseball games. A four-to-six foot wide shoulder also gives riders a safe buffer. Plus vehicle traffic stops for a six-mile stretch (from Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive) 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays, running May 5-Sept. 29, 2012.

Kal-Haven Bike Trail

While the route of Kal-Haven was created in 1870, it's seen quite a few changes since then. The 33.5-mile trail now features a limestone/slag surface. A new picnic area is available in the Bloomingdale area of the trail that extends from Kalamazoo to South Haven.

Lower Rouge Recreation Trail

On a combination of dirt and paved paths, visitors can enjoy the not only smooth leisure riding, but also mountain biking on tough terrain dirt paths. A portion of the trail, which runs from Haggerty Road to the I-275 bike path, will be closed in 2012 as reconstruction on the freeway's bridges takes places over it.

Paint Creek Trail

With eight parking lots along its 8.9-mile span, this 29-year old trail lures over 100,000 visitors each year. There are tree bike stops near the trail. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. This trail was the first converted train rails to trails in Michigan.

Stony Creek Metropark

This 8.3-mile paved trail includes the highest point in Macomb County. Each loop is color-coded to display its level of difficulty. In March, this park also opened a par-72 golf course sporting 18 holes. Stony Creek is one of 13 other area Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

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