Not long ago, garbage dotted the 500-acre Novi North Park. Under the dedicated care of local Michigan Mountain Biking Association members, however, the park has become an example of urban renewal. Gone is most of the garbage, leaving a pleasant underused trail with trilliums and marigolds highlighting the spring months. The singletrack meanders through an old fruit orchard and a Christmas tree farm. Local riders are meeting ongoing interest from the City of Novi to develop the area into a golf course. The trail, however, needs more riders in order to justify its existence.
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OAK OPENINGS -The Beach Ridge Singletrack Trail
More than half of what will be an 11-mile singletrack trail for mountain bikes is open for use. With six bridges and unique obstacles, such as an optional teeter-totter bridge, this trail is unlike any other in the Metroparks. Start at the Springbrook Area of Oak Openings Metropark on SR 64 and follow the Wabash Cannonball Trail east to the start of the Beach Ridge Bike Trail.
Toledo Free Ride is a group of volunteers developing and building mountain biking trails in Toledo, Ohio. They’ve built a mountain biking xc loop at Jermain Meadows Park in Toledo and expanded it into Ottawa Park. Another addition is a bike skills park at Jermain park including Dirt Jumps and a Pump Track!
- The trail is about 6 miles long with beginner through expert skill features.
- The bike skills park area contains dirt jumps, a pump track and a skills area with progressive stunts from beginner to expert similar to the Plainfield, IL Bike Park.
- Parking with easy access to both the trail and park will be available.
Access points at Sand Ridge Rd., Gypsy Lane Rd., Portage Rd., Mermill Rd., Freyman Road, and East Broadway (North Baltimore).
Creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people!
Pinckney, Island Lake, and Brighton are Recommended Trails!
Here, 20 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, you’ll find three trails: the 17-mile Potawatomi Trail, the 5.1-mile Crooked Lake Trail and the 1.9-mile Silver Lake Trail. The routes are shared with hikers. If you double the length of Pontiac Lake and replace the rocks with roots, you have Poto. Trails from 1.9 to 17.5 miles round trip. Biking season: All year (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
One-way, closed-loop, singletrack that can be ridden all in one shot or divided between two loops. Terrain is mostly flat through gentle rolling grasslands with some medium length gradual climbs. While weekends are very crowded (50+ cars parked) the trails are almost completely empty during the week (3-5 cars) except for evenings in the Fall. More experienced riders will find these trails a great place to spin all out. Some can finish all 13 miles in less than 45 minutes. The yellow trail is more technical, but not overly challenging. The Blue trail is mostly flat with a couple of hills that can catch you off guard. There are some nice downhills and uphills. These trails are a great place to introduce a beginner to the sport of Mountain Biking. Experts will find it mildly entertaining. Good intermediate level trail.
There are two trails: Torn Shirt and Murray Lake. Murray Lake is the easier of the two and is total of 9.2 miles in length. There are tight singletracks as well as fast sections. I would recommend for the beginner to intermediate riders. You can even cut the loop by 2 miles by forgoing the Lost Loop at the 2.7 mile marker. Torn Shirt is about 6 miles in length and is little bit more technical. Both loops start and return at the same parking area.
Other Area Trails
Offers miles of different trails to accommodate various types of riding. A multi-use paved trail, spanning five miles, is available for general bicycle riding. About three miles of nature trails consisting of grass, limestone, and crushed stone are available for mountain biking. This challenging trail is narrow and best used by more experienced riders.
Features a beginner-friendly, 3.8 mile mountain bike trail with scenic views of open fields and the Sharon Millpond, part of the River Raisin.
North Coast Inland Trail (Indiana border to Lorain Ohio)
This ride starts out with a steep climb on a gravel road, but quickly becomes fast and fun when it tops out on a ridge. There are several fast singletrack sections that thread tightly through the trees and some off-camber rock sections that will test any rider’s skills. Trail Surface: Singletrack and gravel roads
- 3 miles of mostly single-track mountain bike trails meander through the south shore woods providing both novice and intermediate riders with scenic views of Van Buren Lake and woodlands while crossing the boardwalks over ravinces and offering some challenging features • Trailhead begins at the South Shore Picnic Area parking lot • Follow the blue blazes
- 5 hiking trails that also allow mountain bikes
- Scarlet Haw Trail • 1.5 Miles
- Pine Glenn Loop Trail • 1/2 Mile
- Lake Shore Trail • 3 Miles
- Interpretive Trail • 2 Miles
- Bike Trail • 3 Miles
- 4 bridle trails that also allow hiking and mountain bikes
- Red Trail • 2.5 Miles
- Pink Trail • 4 Miles
- White Trail • 2 Miles
- Yellow Trail • 3 Miles