Places to Ride

Fort Custer

Augusta, MI

The Fort Custer Recreation Area near Augusta, MI features four mountain biking trails of beginner and intermediate difficulty. The 4.2-mile-long Yellow Loop offers the most family-friendly experience, consisting of 95% doubletrack with no technical features and few moderate climbs, while the shorter but more difficult 3.6-mile-long Blue Loop offers many picturesque views in return for steeper climbs and descents. Do note that the Blue Loop is a multi-use trail that also includes equestrians, which do have right of way on the trail.

Fort Custer also offers two intermediate level mountain biking trails, the Green and Red loops. The Green Loops offers a challenging but rewarding 7.0 miles of hard-packed singletrack surface, which circumnavigates Fort Custer’s Eagle Lake. Depending on the day, the Green Loop can be ridden clockwise or counterclockwise for a refreshed experience. Not for beginners! Meanwhile, the Red Loop is Fort Custer’s longest but most feature packed mountain biking ride. At 8.1 miles of singletrack, the track has several sections at easy and intermediate difficulties, spotted with advanced technical sections that may require newer riders to dismount and walk past them. Ride both the Green and Red Loops together for an enjoyable 15 mile journey through the area! Please note that the Fort Custer Recreation Area requires a Michigan Recreation Passport for entry. Follow the link below for details on obtaining the passport.

The Green, Yellow and Red trails directional based on the day of the week. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday the trails are counterclockwise and on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday they run clockwise.

Address: 5163 Fort Custer Drive, Augusta, MI 49012

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Maple Hill Trail

Kalamazoo, MI

Machine-built by Spectrum Trail Design and managed by the Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association and Kalamazoo County Parks, the Maple Hill Trail in the Markin Glen County Park features almost five miles of singletrack suitable for riders of all skill levels. The trail incorporates many technical features designed to be easy for novice riders to roll through, but exciting and rewarding for intermediate and expert riders to take at higher speeds. Please note that Maple Hill Trail requires a Kalamazoo County Park Pass to enter, which costs $5 daily, or $25 annually. Follow the link below for more details on park passes.

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Address: 5300 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49004

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Yankee Springs

Barry County, MI

An intermediate-expert level trail, Yankee Springs is a long, 11.3 mile singletrack path that offers diverse terrains and backdrops across the path. Early parts of the trail pass through rocky climbs and fast downhills, which move into several switchbacks, and later through a section of pines packed with drops and climbs. Many small hills and climbs will keep you moving fast and working hard, for an overall fast-paced and rewarding mountain biking experience. Please note that the Yankee Springs Recreation Area requires a Michigan Recreation Passport for entry. Follow the link below for details on obtaining the passport.

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Barry Roubaix Course

Hastings, MI

Rather than ride a trail, mix up your cycling experience and ride on the Barry Roubaix gravel road bicycle course! The course welcomes cyclists in all categories from mountain to fatbikes, and offers courses of multiple lengths in 22 miles (blue), 36 miles (yellow) , and 62 miles (red). All the tracks traverse gravel roads spanning throughout Barry County, Michigan, offering scenic views and rolling hills. The Barry Roubaix gravel road race is held annually around the month of March or April.

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Battle Creek Linear Park

Battle Creek, MI

Located Conveniently behind the Team Active Store, Battle Creek offers an admission-free paved path trail for cyclists, joggers, and casual strollers, totaling more than 26 miles in length. The park has no designated entry or exit points, anyone can hop on the trail at any convenient point they like, though they do recommend starting near Friendship Park in downtown Battle Creek, where plenty of free parking is available. For those looking to test their endurance, the Battle Creek Parks and Recreation Department developed six loops along the path, ranging from 1.0 mile to 10.5 miles in length.

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Calhoun Country Trailway

Calhoun County, MI

In 2003, a committee was put together to plan a multi-use non-motorized trailway to span Calhoun County. Funded through community donations and constructed in 2015, the Calhoun County Trailway currently spans a 5.6 mile section from the Historic Bridge Park to the Battle Creek Linear Park. The path accommodates all non-motor traffic, from cyclists to runners to casual strollers, and passes through the beautiful Kimball Pines and Ott Biological Preserve, offering amazing and secluded views of Michigan’s diverse wildlife. Dotted with pavilions, benches, and bridges, the Calhoun County Trailway offers an enjoyable experience for every traveler.

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