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Best Places to Bike: Southeast Michigan


As Michigan sees warmer weather, Jeff and I have dusted off our bikes and hit the road.  I’ve also had friends ask me for any recommendations on places to bike in Southeast Michigan.  

I complied this list and I’d love any input on other great locations in the comments section! 

Southeast Michigan is a great place for cyclists.  There’s several beautiful metroparks for the avid road cyclists who want a break from heavy road traffic. We’ve got miles of limestone rail-converted trails dedicated to mountain bikes and runners.  There are also State Parks that offer tree lined bike paths for casual weekend riders.  A great guide to Michigan’s trails is Michigan Trails.

Metroparks (I’ve only listed the ones I’ve tried, click here for a complete list):

Stony Creek, Rochester

Kensington, South Lyon

Lake St. Clair, Clinton Twp

Please note that there is an annual fee of $35. That allows entrance into any of the metroparks. 

State Parks:

Island Lake, Novi/South Lyon

Maybury, Northville

Belle Isle, Detroit

Brighton, Brighton

Bald Mountain, Plymouth

Pinkney Recreation Area, Pinckney

Gallup Park, Ann Arbor

Popular Rail Trails:

Clinton River Trail, Oakland County, 16 miles

Paint Creek Trail, Oakland County, 8.9 miles

Huron River Greenway Trail and Border-to-Border, Washtenaw County, 19.7 miles

Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit, 1.8 miles

Detroit RiverWalk, Detroit, 3.5 miles

Also, look into your local area public bike rides.  The City of Oak Park has a group ride on Tuesdays.  They meet at the Oak Park Public Library.  It’s a great way to meet neighbors and fellow cyclists! 

Thanks for reading.  Please feel free to add any suggestions for places that I’ve missed in the comments section! Thanks! 


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