Riding the Pere Marquette

Midland, Michigan

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The Tridge is one of the wonderful parts of this ride, and it's right at the beginning. The Tridge is a three-sectioned "bridge" that crosses the confluence of the Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers, taking you to any of the three banks along both rivers. It's located in Chippewa Park (the Farmers Market side) in downtown Midland-a beautiful park with flowers, trees, benches, drinking water, and restrooms. The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail begins at the foot of the Tridge. It's a wonderful ride along the Tittabawassee River. At press time, the trail offers a 21-mile ride to Coleman. However, every year the trail seems to grow longer-due to the great work by the Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail. You'll enjoy 13 miles of the rail-trail before branching off to hit the beautiful country roads. For a great but shorter ride, stick to the trail both ways. The rail-trail is loaded with signs to make the going easier. At each intersection, signs show where you are as well as the next stop you'll have to make. Things to see: A Tridge, Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers, Pere Marquette Rail-Trail.
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by Pamela Stovall (The Globe Pequot Press)

The Tridge is one of the wonderful parts of this ride, and it's right at the beginning. The Tridge is a three-sectioned "bridge" that crosses the confluence of the Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers, taking you to any of the three banks along both rivers. It's located in Chippewa Park (the Farmers Market side) in downtown Midland-a beautiful park with flowers, trees, benches, drinking water, and restrooms. The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail begins at the foot of the Tridge. It's a wonderful ride along the Tittabawassee River.

At press time, the trail offers a 21-mile ride to Coleman. However, every year the trail seems to grow longer-due to the great work by the Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail. You'll enjoy 13 miles of the rail-trail before branching off to hit the beautiful country roads. For a great but shorter ride, stick to the trail both ways. The rail-trail is loaded with signs to make the going easier. At each intersection, signs show where you are as well as the next stop you'll have to make. Things to see: A Tridge, Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers, Pere Marquette Rail-Trail.

©  Pamela Stovall/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Midland
Distance: 32.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Riding Time: 3.5 hours
Driving Directions: Directions to Riding the Pere Marquette

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