Built in the mid-1970's, within the I-275 right-of-way, trail connects Oakland, Wayne and Monroe Counties with links on the southern end to the Downriver Linked Greenways pathways in Willow, Lower Huron and Oakwoods Metroparks. The northern portion of the I-275 Metro Trail connects to Wayne County's Hines Drive as well as local communities, businesses and schools.
Fort Street Bridge provides a critical non-motorized connection in Southwest Detroit. It is a main connector between Detroit and Downriver. It’s also a critical connection for:
- Adventure Cycling’s Underground Railroad Bicycle Route from Mobile, Alabama to Owen Sound, Ontario
- The Michigan Showcase Trail from Belle Isle to Wisconsin
- Proposed U.S. Bicycle Routes 25 and 30
The Detroit Greenways Coalition and its member organizations have led the effort to make Detroit a more bike friendly and more walkable community. They bring a citywide and regional vision for greenways ensuring they have a well-connected and consistent network of trails and pathways including the Joe Louis Greenway, Dequindre Cut Greenway and May Creek Greenway.
These trails include the Mark Worrell, River Raisin Heritage and Munson Park Trails. The Mark Worrell Trail is a paved trail on West Elm Avenue that gives users an up close view of the River Raisin from Veteran’s Park to Worrell Park. Shore fishing is plentiful along this beautiful scenic vista Beautiful gardens and benches give trail users a place to enjoy the beauty of nature. The River Raisin Heritage Trail is eight miles of paved hike-bike trails that provide safe and scenic routes to walk, run, cycle and in-line skate. Winding along the River Raisin, places of interest include the River Raisin National Battlefield, Sterling State Park, the Monroe Multi-Sports Complex, several historic landmarks, St. Mary’s Park, and Veteran’s Park. The Munson Park Trail offers trail bikers and hikers a chance to experience natural habitat on rugged, unpaved trails from 6am-10pm daily. Miles of trails meander through woods and open meadow.
A series of water trails in Eastern Lake Erie and connecting waterways.
The Huron River Water Trail is a 104-mile inland paddling trail connecting people to the river’s natural environment, its history and the communities it touches in Southeast Michigan. From the rapids at Delhi and Dexter to the placid flat waters at the entrance to Lake Erie, the river offers a variety of paddling experiences. More information about the Huron River Water trail can be found on the Huron River Watershed Council website.
Friends of the Rouge, Wayne County Parks and other partners are developing a Rouge River Water Trail from Canton to the Detroit River along the Lower branch and Main Stem of the Rouge River. The upstream stretches are forested and protected within Wayne County parkland. Fallen trees are abundant but hard-working teams of volunteers have opened routes in the City of Wayne and in Dearborn. The lower industrial stretch is wide open and offers fantastic views of the Ford Rouge plant and associated industry. Additionally, paddling is available on Newburgh Lake in Livonia with rentals available on warm week-ends.