Best Road Biking in Michigan

This list represents the most popular road biking in Michigan. Use this list to plan your next Michigan road biking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. The Tunnel of Trees


It's the sweetheart of cyclists, and for good reason: a narrow, winding road shunned by most motorists, lined with tall hardwood whose branches rise and arch to form an expansive canopy shading smooth…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Cross Village, MI - Road Biking - 18.4 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. A Capital Ride on the Lansing River Trail


Incredible. Fantastic. Not enough can be said about what the people of Lansing, Michigan's state capital, have done in creating the river trail. They reclaimed a stretch of land along the east side of…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Lansing, MI - Road Biking - 9.9 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Paint Creek Trail


The Paint Creek Trail beginnings go back to the 1800s, when a railroad was constructed on the route by the Detroit and Bay City Railroad. Over the years, it was owned and operated by the Michigan Cent…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Rochester, MI - Road Biking - 20.2 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. I Got a Ride in Kalamazoo: Kal-Haven Trail State Park


This ride begins on the Kalamazoo side of the Kal-Haven Sesquicentennial Trail State Park. This is another fine job done by Michigan's Rails-to-Trails conservancy and the Department of Natural Resourc…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Alamo, MI - Road Biking - 29.8 miles
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#5. R & R in Bay City: The Riverwalk and Rail-Trail Tour


Bay City's Riverwalk and Rail-Trail highlight this ride. Starting on the riverwalk, the route runs along the bank of the Saginaw River, tours residential areas, an picks up the rail-trail, on the east…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Bay City, MI - Road Biking - 11.4 miles
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#6. Ann Arbor Ramble


As the home of the University of Michigan, city blends with campus in Ann Arbor, resulting in a one-of-a-kind community. This is probably the most pedestrian- and bike-friendly city in the state, with…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Michigan"
Ann Arbor, MI - Road Biking - 9.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Hines Drive Ramble


The Hines Drive Ramble follows the path of the Middle Rouge River through western Wayne County and some of the older, inner-ring Detroit suburbs. The ramble is an out-and-back ride, so riders can cust…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Michigan"
Westland, MI - Road Biking - 33.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. The Coast Guard City Tour: Grand Haven


To many people, Grand Haven is famous for three things: its Coast Guard Festival in August, with parades and water shows; one of the best Lake Michigan beaches; and its musical fountain-water dancing…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Grand Haven, MI - Road Biking - 13.9 miles
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#9. Three Oaks Bicycle Museum Tour


This ride is part of the Backroads Bikeway system, developed and maintained by the Three Oaks Spokes Bicycle Club. The system has twelve loops, all beginning in Three Oaks and all featuring directiona…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Three Oaks, MI - Road Biking - 19.5 miles
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#10. Leelanau Lakeshore Ramble


This tour takes you through the magical landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's one of the routes on the three-day Leelanau Lakeshore Loop, organized by the American Lung Association…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Cedar, MI - Road Biking - 33.4 miles
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#11. Whitehall-Montague's Old Channel Trail


This ride has so many outstanding features that it's hard to mention them all: the largest weathervane in the world; a piece of the Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail State Park; great vistas of the shores o…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Montague, MI - Road Biking - 16.4 miles
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#12. Lapping Lake Cadillac


Cadillac seems to be the gateway from western Michigan to the resort areas of northern Michigan. Many people never make it beyond Cadillac, however, and one of the reasons is the beauty of Mitchell St…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Cadillac, MI - Road Biking - 7 miles
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#13. Jackson's Portage Lake Loop


Some of the prettiest country roads in Michigan are on this ride. If you don't like one stretch, just keep pedaling, and something different will soon appear around one of the many curves. The terrain…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Jackson, MI - Road Biking - 30.6 miles
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#14. Southwest Shore Cruise


This ride connects South Haven and Saugatuck, two of southwest Michigan's most popular destinations. Featuring rolling, rural terrain and Lake Michigan breezes, the area is wonderful for bicycling. It…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Michigan"
South Haven, MI - Road Biking - 49.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Tunnel of Trees Cruise


The Tunnel of Trees is an 18-mile stretch of blufftop state highway overlooking Lake Michigan. This section of Michigan Highway 119, as it is more practically known, is designated as a state Heritage…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Michigan"
Petoskey, MI - Road Biking - 38.2 miles
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#16. Crystal Lake Ramble


This ride is a microcosm of everything that northern Michigan has to offer. I n the 26 miles you'll see beautiful lakeshore, two Lake Michigan lighthouses, and a garden center that is a riot of color.…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Michigan"
Frankfort, MI - Road Biking - 26.4 miles
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#17. One Half of A2: With a Short Cruise Down Easy Street


This ride loops around the western half of Ann Arbor, affectionately known as "A Two" or "A Squared," encompassing several parks, residential and rural areas, hills and flats, and a beautiful home str…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Ann Arbor, MI - Road Biking - 27.5 miles
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#18. Old Mission Peninsula Cruise


The 18-mile-long, 2-mile-wide finger of land that divides Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay is a cyclist's serendipity. Most of the 40-mile route is along flat shoreline, but there are scattered ste…
From the guidebook "Road Biking Michigan"
Traverse City, MI - Road Biking - 39.5 miles
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#19. Apple Cider Cruise


One of the most popular bicycle tours in the country is the annual Apple Cider Century, held the last Saturday in September. The ride explores the shore of Lake Michigan and inland orchards as it guid…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Three Oaks, MI - Road Biking - 57 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. It's a Grrrreat Ride!: Battle Creek


Tony the Tiger lives here as well as Snap, Crackle and Pop. You won't see them on the ride, but you will see evidence of their bosses. Known as "Cereal City" or the "Breakfast Capital of the World," B…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Michigan"
Battle Creek, MI - Road Biking - 10.4 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press