Mountain Bike Trails in Michigan

Mountain Bike Trails in Michigan
Michigan is home to a varied landscape and terrain which make it an ideal mountain biking destination. It is home to many state and county parks as well as federal land, which is open to explore. Mountain bikers will find challenging terrain through the state's dense forests, sandy hills and wet lowlands.
 

Fort Custer Recreation Area

Fort Custer Recreation Area is over 3,000 acres of wilderness in southwestern Michigan. It features over 25 miles of mountain bike trails that run through its rolling hills. The park has three large lakes where visitors can fish or relax on one of the beach swimming areas. There are also several picnic pavilions spread throughout the park along with modern restrooms and a 219-site modern campground. Its trail system is designated multi-use and can be used for hiking, mountain biking and portions are for equestrians. There are several mountain biking events held here due to the quality and difficult terrain found on some trails. The North Country Trail that runs from North Dakota to New York is accessible just north of the park in the Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Fort Custer Recreation Area
5163 Fort Custer Dr.
Augusta, MI 49012
269-731-4200
dnr.state.mi.us

 
 

Dr. T.K. Lawless Park

Dr. T.K. Lawless Park is an 820-acre nature area in Cass County, Michigan. It features over 10 miles of mountain bike trails through large rolling hills, lowland swamp areas and dense forests. It offers a technical mountain bike loop that is narrow and has many uphill sections with tight sweeping turns. It hosts an annual race yearly where bikers race against the clock for best time through the loop. There are also multi-use trails that run throughout the park that are used for mountain biking or hiking. The park has modern restrooms, a large picnic pavilion and playground along with a Frisbee golf course.

Dr. T.K. Lawless Park
Monkey Run Street
Cassopolis, MI 49031
269-445-8611
casscountymi.org

Bald Mountain Recreation Area

Bald Mountain recreation Area is 4,637 acres of wilderness located less than 60 miles north of Detroit. It features steep hills, lake and streams along with densely forested rugged terrain. There are north and south units to the park, each with its own trails. The north unit runs through a large forest tract and allows access to several lakes. The south trail also is located in a large forest tract, but is accessible from the Bald Mountain Campground and also provides access to several lakes. There are also several miles of access roads for guests to bike. Bald Mountain Recreation Area has several picnic pavilions, several boat launches and a few swimming beaches.

Bald Mountain Recreation Area
1330 E. Greenshield Dr.
Lake Orion, MI 48360
248-693-6767
dnr.state.mi.us

 

Article Written By Matthew Knight

Based in Southwestern Michigan, Matthew Knight has been writing outdoor and technology articles since 2008. His articles appear on various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Western Michigan University.

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