Bike Trails in Detroit, Michigan

Bike Trails in Detroit, Michigan
Detroit may not sound like the ideal destination for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors, but the city has taken great strides to develop a park system and a series of bike trails for visitors and locals to enjoy. As of December 2009, many of the existing trails connect various city parks and the only urban state park in Michigan.

Detroit International Riverwalk

The Detroit International Riverwalk is located along the Detroit River in downtown Detroit. The Riverwalk is open to bicyclists and pedestrians and is 2 1/2 miles long. The trail is still under construction and will eventually be 5 1/2 miles long, spanning from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park. Several parks are located along the Riverwalk, along with two cafes and a handcrafted carousel featuring local wildlife including sturgeons, walleye and egrets (as well as mythical mermaids and river monsters). Bike rentals are available from approximately March to November each year, weather permitting. Handicap-accessible restrooms are located near the center of the trail.

Detroit International Riverwalk
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 566-8200


Downriver Linked Greenways

Downriver Linked Greenways is a system of more than 30 miles of bike trails extending from the city of Detroit down to Ann Arbor. This system also includes a 110-mile kayak trail, which travels through the Huron and Detroit Rivers. The Greenways were developed to encourage alternative transportation methods and as of December 2009, many parts of the trail are still under construction. The North-South connector section of the trails is open to the public and spans 16 miles. The trails connect to the Detroit River Wildlife Refuge and the historic 102-acre Elizabeth Park.

Downriver Linked Greenways
19071 Hanna Road
Melvindale, MI 48122
(313) 410-9431

William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

The William G. Milliken State Park was completed on December 1, 2009. This urban state park is the first of its kind in Michigan and covers 31 acres. The park is a safe habitat for migrating birds and other animals, including spotted geese, pheasants, hawks, muskrats and foxes. Several asphalt bike trails are scattered throughout the park and the park connects to the Detroit International Riverwalk. Fishing is allowed at designated points in the park and pets are welcome as long as they are leashed.

William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
1900 Atwater Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(800) 447-2757



Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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