Ten Top Mountain-Biking and Road Cycling Destinations

Thanks to a state-wide initiative to expand rails-to-trails and mountain bike networks and dedicated groups of cycling enthusiasts, Michigan has become one of the most bike-friendly states in the nation.

With hundreds of miles of top-rated singletrack, a slew of family-friendly rails-to-trails networks, and a nearly endless array of routes for road cyclists, Michigan has something for every stripe of cyclist. Here are our favorite ten biking trails broken down by region.

Southern Lower Peninsula

1. Fort Custer Recreation Area, Battle Creek

Hardpacked, fast, and fun is the best way to describe this network of 21 miles of singletrack just east of Kalamazoo. There are no epic climbs, but the trails are extremely well maintained, flying through open fields, weaving through oak forests, and zipping past small, pretty lakes. They’re also conveniently color-coded. Families and newer riders: Start on the blue and green loops. More intermediate and advanced folks: Head straight for the more technical red trail. Everybody: Kick back post-ride in nearby Kalamazoo, which has a thriving restaurant and brewpub scene. No bike rentals nearby, so bring your rig.

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