Best Rail-Trails in Michigan

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

  • #1 Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

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    Midland, MI

    Located in central Michigan, the 30-mile paved Pere Marquette Rail-Trail (PMRT) offers a family-friendly recreational corridor through pastoral countryside and charming small towns. An extremely ...
    •  30 miles
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    Located in central Michigan, the 30-mile paved Pere Marquette Rail-Trail (PMRT) offers a family-friendly recreational corridor ...

  • #2 Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

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    South Haven, MI

    When complete, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail will run for 35 miles throughout Kalamazoo County. Currently, the trail consists of two continuous segments connected by bike lanes: one segment ...
    •  20.9 miles
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    When complete, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail will run for 35 miles throughout Kalamazoo County. Currently, the trail consists ...

  • #3 Paint Creek Trail

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    Lake Orion, MI

    Even though the Paint Creek Trail is Michigan’s oldest nonmotorized rail-trail, the occasional face-lifts and renovations keep it looking as young as ever. Established in 1983, the crushed-limestone ...
    •  8.9 miles
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    Even though the Paint Creek Trail is Michigan’s oldest nonmotorized rail-trail, the occasional face-lifts and renovations ...

  • #4 Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

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    Grand Rapids, MI

    Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park makes tracks from a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and friendly towns of Northern Lower Michigan. At nearly 93 miles, it ...
    •  92.6 miles
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    Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park makes tracks from a bustling Grand Rapids community to the forests, farmlands, and ...

  • #5 Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System

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    Bay City, MI

    The Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System connects a nature trail in a wildlife refuge on the shores of Lake Huron to a loop trail around the bustling port of Bay City. From the same 17-mile ...
    •  17.8 miles
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    The Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System connects a nature trail in a wildlife refuge on the shores of Lake Huron to a loop ...

  • #6 North Eastern State Trail

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    Cheboygan, MI

    The 71-mile North Eastern State Trail, along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway, provides a mostly solitary and meditative experience as you travel through wetlands, farmland, forests, and ...
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    The 71-mile North Eastern State Trail, along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway, provides a mostly solitary and meditative ...

  • #7 Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

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    Midland, MI

    Many factors contribute to the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail’s popularity. It runs for 30 miles on smooth asphalt that is well maintained and, at 14 feet, wide enough to ride or walk side-by-side. ...
    •  30 miles
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    Many factors contribute to the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail’s popularity. It runs for 30 miles on smooth asphalt that is well ...

  • #8 Portland Riverwalk

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    Portland, MI

    The Portland Riverwalk ushers visitors around the charming town of Portland on 9 miles of paved trail. Also known as the Rivertrail Linear Park, the trail connects a handful of parks, scenic ...
    •  9 miles
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    The Portland Riverwalk ushers visitors around the charming town of Portland on 9 miles of paved trail. Also known as the ...

  • #9 William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park

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    Montague, MI

    The name tells the tale of the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park. Rolling for 22 paved miles through the farms, orchards, and forests of western Michigan between Hart and ...
    •  22.7 miles
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    The name tells the tale of the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park. Rolling for 22 paved miles through ...

  • #10 Kent Trails

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    Byron Center, MI

    An easy, flat, and well-maintained trail system, the Kent Trails provide transportation and access to nature in the bustling, second-largest metropolitan area in Michigan. The southern trail ...
    •  22.2 miles
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    An easy, flat, and well-maintained trail system, the Kent Trails provide transportation and access to nature in the bustling, ...

  • #11 Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

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    Greenville, MI

    The paved Fred Meijer Heartland Trail rolls for 42 miles through farmland and forests in central Michigan as it links a half-dozen rural towns with recreational opportunities. Its route follows ...
    •  41.8 miles
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    The paved Fred Meijer Heartland Trail rolls for 42 miles through farmland and forests in central Michigan as it links a half-dozen ...

  • #12 Hines Park Trail/Rouge River Gateway Greenway

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    Dearborn, MI

    This trail is actually composed of two trails: the 2-mile Rouge River Gateway Greenway and the 17.5-mile Hines Park Trail, which create a seamless 19.5-mile connection between Dearborn and N ...
    •  19.5 miles
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    This trail is actually composed of two trails: the 2-mile Rouge River Gateway Greenway and the 17.5-mile Hines Park Trail, ...

  • #13 Musketawa Trail

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    Marne, MI

    The Musketawa Trail is one of the best places to get away from it all if you live and work in the western Michigan population centers of Muskegon or Grand Rapids. The 25-mile paved rail-trail ...
    •  25 miles
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    The Musketawa Trail is one of the best places to get away from it all if you live and work in the western Michigan population ...

  • #14 Battle Creek Linear Park

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    Battle Creek, MI

    The Battle Creek Linear Park trail encompasses nearly 26 miles of connected trails in Battle Creek. Residents use the loop trails to put some snap, crackle, and pop in their exercise routines, ...
    •  25.9 miles
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    The Battle Creek Linear Park trail encompasses nearly 26 miles of connected trails in Battle Creek. Residents use the loop ...

  • #15 Lansing River Trail

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    Lansing, MI

    The Lansing River Trail traces the course of three waterways for more than 25 miles across Michigan’s capital city. Visiting all four main points of the compass in Lansing, the trail provides ...
    •  25.3 miles
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    The Lansing River Trail traces the course of three waterways for more than 25 miles across Michigan’s capital city. Visiting ...

  • #16 Leelanau Trail

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    Suttons Bay, MI

    The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects ...
    •  16.6 miles
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    The 17-mile Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling ...

  • #17 Little Traverse Wheelway

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    Charlevoix, MI

    Picture-postcard-worthy views of Lake Michigan and its shoreline greet visitors to the Little Traverse Wheelway in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. The paved trail rolls for 24 miles from ...
    •  23.7 miles
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    Picture-postcard-worthy views of Lake Michigan and its shoreline greet visitors to the Little Traverse Wheelway in Michigan’s ...

  • #18 Lakelands Trail State Park

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    Hamburg, MI

    Teradition says that Michigan has 11,000 lakes. The astern section of the Lakelands Trail State Park passes through a chain of them as it rolls from the town of Hamburg and Lakeland to Munith ...
    •  26 miles
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    Teradition says that Michigan has 11,000 lakes. The astern section of the Lakelands Trail State Park passes through a chain ...

  • #19 North Central State Trail

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    Mackinaw City, MI

    The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established tourist towns ...
    •  62 miles
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    The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways ...

  • #20 Betsie Valley Trail

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    Thompsonville, MI

    Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting at the old logging town of Thompsonville, the trail slopes gently ...
    •  22.1 miles
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    Remoteness and solitude describe a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Starting ...