Places to Ride
|Macomb Orchard Trail|
Trail Maps: (Updated May 2008)
The Macomb Orchard Trail Commission has printed a glossy brochure with a map of the trail from Dequindre all the way to Richmond. We have reproduced the map as two PDF pages which you can view and print. NOTE: These are newer maps with miles. They are around 1.75 meg's each so they may take a few seconds to load if you're on a dialup line.
|Paint Creek Trail|
|Owned and managed by the Paint Creek Trailways Commission (PCTC), the Paint
Creek Trail is an 8.9 mile linear park, located in northeast Oakland County.
It was the first Rail-to-Trail in the State of Michigan, as it was converted
to a trail from the former Penn Central Railroad. Open to the public since
1983, the Paint Creek Trail receives over 100,000 visitors annually. The non-motorized
Trail is 8 feet wide, and traverses through Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland
Township, Orion Township and the Village of Lake Orion.
|Stony Creek Park|
A total of more than 44 miles of paved hike-bike trails await you in eight
Metroparks. From hilly courses to flat terrain, cyclists can pick a variety
of paths to traverse. Cyclists are required to wear helmets on the paved trail
at Kensington Metropark; helmets are recommended on all other paved paths.
Dirt mountain bike paths are located at Stony Creek Metropark. A hike-bike
trails map is available at the parks. Paved trails are located at:
MOUNTAIN BIKE SKILLS COURSE:
Among the wooden stunts are two sets of double teeters that are 16 feet long and sit six feet above ground at the highest point. Next up is an elevated teeter that is a little narrower and taller than the others.
Dirt jumps lead up to a stunt named “flo to the fro,” an elevated stunt that undulates up and down with a small jump in the middle and two choices for exiting: a four-foot drop or a steep roll-down ramp.
The last wooden stunt, the pallet run, is very challenging: it sits nearly two feet off the ground with six-foot platforms connected by a 2 x 8. The challenge is you have to turn 180 degrees on each six-foot platform, a very difficult stunt to master that has only been completed by a very few talented people.
The park also boasts the area’s largest pump track and there are still plans to add more dirt jumps in the near future.
This project was built with a generous funding grant from American Cycle and Fitness, and labor was provided by Michigan Mountain Biking Association volunteers.
The Skills Course is closed during winter.
|Polly Ann Trail|
Polly Ann Trail - Oakland County: Michigan
Interactive Trail Map:
Parking & Trail Access:
The Bloomer trails are a crazy mix of technical riding and rail-trails. Unfortunately it's not well-marked at all, so beginners are advised to be patient and explore or ride with a local. The trail distances vary greatly since there's no set loop.
This park used to be the DNR Rochester-Utica State Park. Unlike other Rochester Hills parks, Bloomer does not charge a different entrance fee for non-residents. That was a condition of the land transfer from the State.