Sharon Area

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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The Sharon area is known for its natural beauty and glacially carved topography. The route laid out mixes vast, open farmsteads with densely wooded natural areas. And of course there are hills. They’re not too big or too small, and you get to go down as many as you go up. It’s worth it. The ride begins from a mountain bike park parking lot, but it’s not a mountain bike ride. It’s a dirt road/paved road ride through some prime countryside, over 20 rolling miles of relatively quiet back roads. There are two short paved segments; the first comes at the start. It heads downhill on Sharon Hollow Road right away. At the bottom of the hill is Sharon Mill on the River Raisin, originally the site of a sawmill in the 1830s, then a gristmill. It was rebuilt in 1928 by Henry Ford and became a cigar lighter factory. It’s now restored as a public park area owned by the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission. It’s a charming spot to check out either during the ride or just after. Continue up a pointed climb, not long, but it will get the legs working, especially this early in the ride.
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by Rob Pulcipher (Falcon Guides)

The Sharon area is known for its natural beauty and glacially carved topography. The route laid out mixes vast, open farmsteads with densely wooded natural areas. And of course there are hills. They’re not too big or too small, and you get to go down as many as you go up. It’s worth it.

The ride begins from a mountain bike park parking lot, but it’s not a mountain bike ride. It’s a dirt road/paved road ride through some prime countryside, over 20 rolling miles of relatively quiet back roads. There are two short paved segments; the first comes at the start. It heads downhill on Sharon Hollow Road right away. At the bottom of the hill is Sharon Mill on the River Raisin, originally the site of a sawmill in the 1830s, then a gristmill. It was rebuilt in 1928 by Henry Ford and became a cigar lighter factory. It’s now restored as a public park area owned by the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission. It’s a charming spot to check out either during the ride or just after. Continue up a pointed climb, not long, but it will get the legs working, especially this early in the ride.

© 2014 Rob Pulcipher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ann Arbor
Distance: 20.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Local Maps: DeLorme: Michigan Atlas & Gazetteer, pages 31, 32
Driving Directions: Directions to Sharon Area

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