Island Lake–Kensington–Milford

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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This ride passes through many jurisdictions: a state park, regional Metropark, township park, city park, and a pleasant village. That’s a lot to experience in one ride. The parklands are some of the most popular in the region and for good reason. They offer many recreational opportunities within a beautiful green setting. Cycling is one great way to experience that, especially along these well-developed paths. The connection to downtown Milford is an extra perk, as it’s a pleasant place to take a break halfway through the ride. Except for the short stretch of sometimes busy roadway entering and leaving Milford, the ride is car-free the whole way. There are a number of well-marked crossings and the topography rolls up and down much of the way, but not to the point where it feels like a mountain stage at the Tour. And there are pleasant views nearly everywhere, whether it’s into a woodland or out over a wide lake expanse. Some sections are out and back, but the return will offer a new perspective in the other direction.
Best Bike Rides Detroit and Ann Arbor

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Best Bike Rides Detroit and Ann Arbor

by Rob Pulcipher (Falcon Guides)

This ride passes through many jurisdictions: a state park, regional Metropark, township park, city park, and a pleasant village. That’s a lot to experience in one ride. The parklands are some of the most popular in the region and for good reason. They offer many recreational opportunities within a beautiful green setting. Cycling is one great way to experience that, especially along these well-developed paths.

The connection to downtown Milford is an extra perk, as it’s a pleasant place to take a break halfway through the ride. Except for the short stretch of sometimes busy roadway entering and leaving Milford, the ride is car-free the whole way. There are a number of well-marked crossings and the topography rolls up and down much of the way, but not to the point where it feels like a mountain stage at the Tour. And there are pleasant views nearly everywhere, whether it’s into a woodland or out over a wide lake expanse. Some sections are out and back, but the return will offer a new perspective in the other direction.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ann Arbor
Distance: 28.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2-4 hours
Local Maps: Kensington Metroparks: www.metroparks.com; Island Lake Recreation Area: www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details. aspx?type=SPRK&id=462; Huron-Clinton Metroparks Guide: free at all Metropark offices; an excellent map of the entire Southeast Michigan region; DeLorme: Michigan Atlas & Gazetteer, pages 40, 41
Driving Directions: Directions to Island Lake–Kensington–Milford

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