Best Mountain Biking in Michigan

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Illinois, Lake County

04 :49 hrs
9 mi
11.093002 ft

This section of the Des Plaines River Trail travels along the northern section of the trail between the Russell Road parking area just south of the Wisconsin/Illinois border to the Kilbourne Road parking area south of Highway 41. The trail follows the path of the Des Plaines River past multiple lakes and ponds, forest preserves, wetland areas, and natural areas that are home to abundant scenery, wildlife, and plantlife. The trail follows mostly flat terrain that is easy to follow making it a good option for riders of all skill levels. The trail is crushed limestone and dirt surface and is multi-use so watch out for other users along the route. The trail can be done as an out-and-back route or one-way route by shuttling vehicles between the many access areas along the trail.


Michigan, White Lake Township

02 :30 hrs
9.6 mi
44.14972 ft

This long loop trail is located in the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area and travels through the wooded terrain located just north of Pontiac Lake. The narrow singletrack trail passes over rolling terrain with some nice hilltop views, passing multiple small lakes and ponds along the way. The trail has lots of moderate climbs and descents making for a fast and exciting ride. The trail is also rugged in spots and requires some technical riding skills making it a good option for intermediate to advanced riders.


Michigan, Dexter Township

04 :27 hrs
17 mi
36.95273 ft

This popular loop route travels along a scenic and enjoyable trail system located in the Pinckney State Recreation Area that results in a long and challenging mountain bike ride. The trail travels over rolling terrain with lots of ups and downs as it passes by multiple lakes and through varied terrain. The trail is popular with bikers, hikers, and backpackers so be sure to watch out for others along the trail. Mountain bikers are asked to ride the trail in a clockwise direction while hikers are asked to travel in a counter-clockwise direction so please be considerate and follow the rules of the trail. The area also provides lots of other recreational opportunities including additional hiking trails, campgrounds, and fishing and boating on the multiple lakes in the area.


Michigan, Benzie County

02 :21 hrs
9.2 mi
43.97769 ft

This long loop trail located in Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve is a fast and fun singletrack trip over rolling hill terrain located just a few miles inland from Lake Michigan. The trail is rated as intermediate due to the narrow singletrack, up and down terrain consisting of some small climbs, and multiple sharp turns. The trail is also open to hikers so be sure to watch out for others along the trail. There is a small loop trail within the main loop that is only 2 miles long that is a good option for a shorter, easier ride.


Michigan, Kalamazoo County

18 :07 hrs
33.9 mi
108.996414 ft

Following an abandoned railroad corridor between the towns of South Haven and Kalamazoo, this trail is now a state park that offers miles and miles of scenic pathway for riding. The trail runs primarily through rural farmland and open green spaces, connecting multiple small towns and suburban areas along the way. The trail is a wide crushed stone surface with only mild changes in elevation making it a good option for riders of all skill levels.


Michigan, Rochester Hills

01 :16 hrs
5 mi
48.64435 ft



Michigan, Kent County

00 :33 hrs
2.1 mi
22.022415 ft

Located just east of Rockford, this nature park provides miles of biking and hiking trails through scenic wilderness terrain. The trails travel over rolling hills through heavily wooded areas and open fields with small creeks. There are multiple other connecting trails that can be used to customize a longer or more technically challenging trip through the park. The blue trail is an easier, shorter loop with only small ups and downs making it a great option for beginner riders. The trails are all multi-use so watch out for hikers and runners who also use the trails.


Michigan, Addison Township

01 :32 hrs
5.9 mi
31.529266 ft

This mountain bike loop travels through open fields and quiet woods over mild rolling hill terrain providing riders with a fast, fun, and scenic ride in this large county park. This loop ride follows a singletrack trail that is designated for mountain biking only and has some narrow, technical sections that provide a challenging ride. The mountain bike loop is one-way route that is suppose to be ridden clockwise. There are some additional connecting trails in the area that are open for bicycling but these trails are commonly used for hiking and equestrian riding so watch out for others when venturing off on other trails.


Michigan, Rogers City

01 :38 hrs
6.1 mi
19.762604 ft

Situated just off the shoreline of Lake Huron, this scenic bike tour follows multiple trails and roads to complete a fun and scenic tour of wilderness area located just northwest of Rogers City. The ride starts in the outskirts of the picturesque city and travels up the shoreline of the lake before leading through woodland and wetland terrain that is home to lots of wildlife. The ride follows singletrack trail, a paved pathway, and paved roads that are all very flat and easy to follow making the loop trip a good option for riders of all skill levels.


Michigan, Cheboygan County

04 :24 hrs
16.3 mi
10.771194 ft

This 62-mile crushed stone pathway travels through Michigan's scenic north woods passing through multiple small towns, lush woodlands, rural farmlands, and along the scenic shoreline of Lake Huron. This section starts in Mackinaw City and travels southeast following the shoreline of the lake down to the City of Cheboygan, passing multiple points of interest and scenic areas along the way. The trail ends at Lincoln Street in Cheboygan but connects to the North Eastern State Trail which provides over 70 more miles of additional crushed limestone pathway.

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