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Pere Marquette Rail Trail

Racing from Clare to Midland, the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail is one of Michigan's most widely used and nicely maintained multi-use trails. So highly regarded, it was inducted into "The Rail-Trail Hall of Fame" by the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

The 3D-mile asphalt trail crosses several bridges and travels through a series of small towns with plenty of stores and restaurants to stop for lunch or a cool drink along the way. A separate path for horseback riding runs parallel to the trail for 5 miles between Coleman and North Bradley. The entire trail is closed to snowmobiling, but is plowed during the winter months to allow year-round use. Sections of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail receive a fresh coat of sealer each year and are in great condition. This is a flat, fast, exceptionally smooth trail, making it an easy ride for people of all abilities.

For a day trip, we recommend starting your journey at the downtown Midland Staging Area where you can check out "The Tridge," a unique three-span bridge crossing the confluence of the Tittabawassee and Chippewa rivers. As you head west, the trail passes by the Northwood University campus and the entrance to the Dow Historical Museum. You will also pass by several small parks, memorials, historic sites and natural areas along the trail as you travel through Sanford and Coleman on your way to Clare.

Chippewa Trail

Like to add a few more scenic miles to your trail adventure? In Midland, you can cross "The Tridge" to ride along the 3.7-mile Chippewa Trail, a non-motorized, paved pathway that meanders through the Chippewa Nature Center. Interpretive signs along the way tell the story of this unique landscape.

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Trail Resource Guide

Bicycle & Fitness Shops
Bicycle HQ Bicycle HQ
3310 Bay City Road
Midland, MI 48642
(989) 496-2810
Web Link
Ray's Bike Shop Ray's Bike Shop
301 McDonald Street
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 835-1691
Web Link
Ray's Bike Shop Ray's Bike Shop
425 McEwan Street
Clare, MI 48617
(989) 386-32001
Web Link
Food/Restaurants/Ice Cream
Cops & Doughnuts Cops & Doughnuts
521 N. McEwan Street
Clare, MI 48617
(989) 386-2241
Web Link
Tourist Attractions
Chippewa Nature Center Chippewa Nature Center
400 S. Badour Road
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 631-0830
Web Link
Trail Groups and Developers
Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail
PO Box 505
Midland, MI 48640-0505
(989) 687-7586
Web Link
Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Alliance Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Alliance
515 N. Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Saginaw, MI 48607
(989) 752-7164
Web Link
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

Web Link
Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
Web Link
Tourist Information
Clare County Convention & Visitors Bureau Clare County Convention & Visitors Bureau
PO Box 226
Clare, MI 48617
1-800-715-3550
Web Link
Trail Supporter
DTE Energy DTE Energy



Web Link
League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
Web Link
Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Sinas Dramis Law Firm
3380 Pine Tree Road
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 394-7500
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