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Adrian

Rails to Trails
bike path

Somewhere around Adrian, there's a new paved, rails-to-trails that's several miles long... There's also a huge controversy about extending the Greenways.

 
Ann Arbor
Hudson Mills Metropark
North of the village of Dexter, off North Territorial Rd.

About 3 miles of paved bike trail, relatively easy hills. Some flat hiking trails. One of my favorite roller ski places in the fall. Can be crowded with walkers, bikers, and skaters in the summer months.

Trail Map
Gallup Park
Geddes and Huron River Road in Ann Arbor 
Rick says: "Not sure how long this one is, but all told not a bad trail system if you don't mind a little bad pavement. Can link this with some road bike paths in Ann Arbor for a pretty good and hilly workout."
A little bumpy
 
Battle Creek
Battle Creek Linear Trail The BC Linear trail starts near Fort Custer, goes through downtown Battle Creek, but mostly passes through wooded areas near the Kalamazoo River.  The total length is around 17 miles, but you can add 4-5 more by starting in Fort Custer on the paved access road through the park and connecting with the Linear trail along Dickman road. My favorite section of the trail is starting from Dickman Road, going down a hill to the river, and continuing along the river to the Leila Arboretum. There is a 1+ mile loop at the Arboretum that is good for hill workouts. - Matt Hester Trail map 
Big Rapids
White Pine Trail State Park
(Big Rapids to Reed City)
To Big Rapids trailhead: Take US-131 to Big Rapids, exit 139. Take M-20 east to Maple Street. Proceed straight for 1/10 mile to the depot staging area; turn south.

7 miles of asphalt pavement from Belmont to just north of Rockford.

 
Brighton
Kensington Metropark 
I-96 just, east of US-23 (Brighton)

From I-96, take exit 151 (Kensington Road), go north a quarter mile, turn right.
OR
From I-96, take exit 153 (Kent Lake Road), go north a half mile straight into the park.

Premier southeast Michigan training area: a hilly 8-mile well-paved bike path for roller skiing, hilly roads for road biking, hilly horse trails for running. (The bike path connects to the paved path at Island Lake State Park and to the new South Lyon/Wixom paved trail system.) 

The hilly 8-mile bike path is outstanding.

Note: By law, the park requires helmets on all "wheeled" individuals - that includes rollerskiers.

Trail Map 
Island Lake State Park 
I-96 just east of US-23 (Brighton)

From I-96, take exit 151 (Kensington Road) and go south a half mile to the park entrance

Across the highway from Kensington Metropark, Island lake has 5 miles of paved bike path (5 miles out & back), a roller-skiable & bikable road, and 12 miles of mountain bike trail that can be hiked. The paved path connects to Kensington Metropark and South Lyon/ Wixom paved trails.

Very good on the paved trail & on the park roads. Be careful going downhill into the beach area (many people crossing path in the summer) and at the end where the path dead ends into the entrance to a park lot. The roads can be busy in the summer!

 
Charlevoix
Little Traverse Wheelway "This 9 mile, non-motorized trail segment from the heart of the City of Charlevoix to Bayshore (Emmet-Charlevoix County Line) is situated along Lake Michigan on the north side of US-31. Offering direct water access at several points along the Lake Michigan shoreline and a unique boardwalk, this new recreation feature is sure to become very popular for many County residents and visitors. Trail users may now bike, skate, ski, walk, run, (pick your favorite sport for any season) from Charlevoix to Petoskey along Little Traverse Bay."

Haven't tried it yet, but it's freshly paved (Fall 2002)! There is a long (half-mile plus) wooden bridge you must cross near Charlevoix - probably not much fun on rollerskis. 

The trail actually extends past Bay Harbor, into Petoskey, and on to Harbor Springs. See Petoskey below.
Trail map 
Cadillac
Musketawa Trail 
(Marne to Muskegon)

The Musketawa Trail is a 25 mile multi-use recreation trail between Marne (just west of Grand Rapids) and Muskegon, Michigan. It passes through farmlands and wetlands, over creeks, and through villages. The trail is a 4 season adventure for the outdoor enthusiast, living healthy and having fun. It provides a safe and natural environment for individual, family, and organizational use. This trail is enjoyed by bikers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, rollerbladers, cross-country skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers, and nature lovers. Trail has a 12 ft. wide paved surface. Trail has a 4 to 8 ft. wide gravel shoulder.

Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team's "Flatbeiner 50" Rollerski Tour uses this trail. 

Trail Map 
Flint
Holly Recreation Area
Located just off Dixie Highway between Flint and the Clarkston/Waterford area. Go east on Grange Hall Road off Dixie, turn right onto McGinnis road, then three-quarters mile to park entrance.

Rollerski the roads thru the park as well as McGinnis Road. Some rough spots, but lots of hills, speed reducers advised on some downhills. Not an area for novices. Auto traffic minimal and parts of park closed to autos in Oct. Out and back, including some parking areas, over 8 miles, on south part of park. Less hilly north park where camping is allowed, approximately 5 miles.

Not an area for novices but great for more advanced skiers with speed reducers.

 Hiking trails, south park for ski walking/running. Mountain bike trails (Holdridge lakes area) close by, enter off Hess road by going west at corner of Dixie and Grange Hall Road.

Trail Map 
Gaylord
Aspen Park
239 Commerce Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: 989-732-4060

Paved and unpaved trails for walking, biking and in-line skating are well suited for family adventures close to downtown Gaylord. Don't forget to stop by the boundary shared with Elk Park to view the elk, sika and fallow deer herds. Trails are groomed in the winter for cross-country skiing or break your own trail on a pair of snow shoes. The entire park is lit until 11:00 p.m. year round.

Trail Map
Grand Rapids
Musketawa Trail 
(Marne to Muskegon)

The Musketawa Trail is a 25 mile multi-use recreation trail between Marne (just west of Grand Rapids) and Muskegon, Michigan. It passes through farmlands and wetlands, over creeks, and through villages. The trail is a 4 season adventure for the outdoor enthusiast, living healthy and having fun. It provides a safe and natural environment for individual, family, and organizational use. This trail is enjoyed by bikers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, rollerbladers, cross-country skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers, and nature lovers. Trail has a 12 ft. wide paved surface. Trail has a 4 to 8 ft. wide gravel shoulder.

Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team's "Flatbeiner 50" Rollerski Tour uses this trail. 

Trail Map 
Paul Henry - Thornapple Trail 
Grand Rapids to Vermontville, Michigan
The Paul Henry - Thornapple Trail, when complete, will be a 42 mile multi-use recreation trail, from Grand Rapids to Vermontville, Michigan. The trail is being constructed on or near a former railroad corridor. Some sections of the trail are completed, some are in development and some are in the proposal or conceptual stage. The route of this trail passes through farmlands, woodlands and small towns, along and over rivers and creeks. The scenic highlight of the trail is its close proximity to the Thornapple River. The trail is a four season adventure for the outdoor enthusiast, living healthy and having fun. It passes through a safe and natural environment for individual, family, and organization use. This trail is enjoyed by bikers, joggers, rollerbladers, cross-country skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers, and nature lovers.

Completed sections of the trail have a 10 ft. wide paved surface and a gravel shoulder. Not many paved sections are available at this time (Oct 2002).
Trail Map
White Pine Trail State Park The White Pine Trail is Michigan's longest rail-to-trail Linear State Park, running 92 miles from Comstock Park, near Grand Rapids, to Cadillac.

As of October 2002, two sections were paved: 7.5 miles from Belmont to 13 Mile Road in Rockford, and 13 miles from Big Rapids to Reed City. 

November 19, 2002 Update from Dell Todd (GRNST):
"It is actually now paved for at least 13 miles. It may well be further than that. The mile markers north of Belmont have all been in, starting at "4." I think they go to 13 Mile Road, where they may end at "13." (I know the mile mark numbers go at least that far, but I've been battling a condition which has limited my endurance since mid-July so I don't recall perfectly, but 13 is for sure. I'm thinking we had 14 & perhaps 15 installed last summer.)
If you go south from Belmont (where the "4" is), this is newly paved. The markers aren't in yet. However, judging from the time it took me to ski south to the end of the pavement, where there is a jobsite, it was past 5/3 Ballpark, where it seemed "0" would be. 
  Perhaps we'll have our own '00' here in Grand Rapids!
  At any rate, going for an estimate 1k south of "0", north to at least "14" we would have nearly 15 miles of pavement in one direction. Double it, and a skier is dangerously close to 50k's."

Also see the Friends of the White Pine Trail website.

Trail Map 
Homer
M-60:
Homer to Tekonsha

While not a 'trail', I have used M-60, from Homer to Tekonsha as a rollerblade training route for quite some time. It is fairly new pavement, with few cracks, and a very nice wide shoulder that allows you to roll along without too much fear of traffic. It is rolling hills, usually clear of gravel, about 11 miles one way. From the factory on the west side of Homer to the stop light on old 27, just before I-69.
 - Ray Drysdale

 
Kalamazoo
Kalhaven Rail-to-Trail It is not paved, but has a crushed limestone surface that is rollerskiable on V2 Aeros or Elpex Offroads

The Kalhaven Rail-to-Trail extends from Kalamazoo to South Haven (34 miles). It is not paved, but has a crushed limestone surface that is rollerskiable on V2 Aeros or Elpex Offroads (my choice). Trail conditions vary from day to day, depending on the weather and season. Long dry spells leave some sections with a slow sandy texture, while a lot of rain leaves sections with a clayey, slippery texture. There is often a lot of debris on the trail in early Fall. Having said that, the trail is an excellent rollerski venue. Although very flat, the non-paved surface is slower and good for speed workouts. Between the fist and second mile markers coming from Kzoo, there is a cross-street leading to a 3-4 minute uphill on a paved road. Overall, I prefer to classic ski on the Kalhaven, with lots of double poling, since the pole plants are outstanding in the crushed-lime surface. An added bonus for going the distance is meeting your family at Lake Michigan for a swim and/or an overnight at a bed and breakfast. - Matt Hester
 
Portage Creek Bicentennial Pathway

The trail follows Portage Creek from Kilgore Road to Centre Street, although after Celery Flats you have to cross a road with considerable traffic. (Portage Creek is in Portage, south of Kalamazoo) The stretch from Kilgore to Celery Flats is one stretch, 3.1 miles, asphalt, three wooden bridges, one road crossing bridge (Milham), and lots of turns. It is fairly flat, with the only hill being the bridge over Milham Road. There are parking lots at Kilgore, Milham, and Celery Flats. Good surface, well drained, somewhat protected from wind, and it even passes under I-94!
 - Ray Drysdale

Trail map (not very good quality - some someone send me a paper copy and I'll post a better one).
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island Bike Path

8 mile paved, flat loop around the island. You cannot rollerski through town - that eliminates about a mile of pathway. You can also rollerski up into the island interior. Better walk down... Occasional rocks, some wind for the big lakes, but not bad. 

 
Midland
Chippewa Trail
Chippewa Nature Center
400 S. Badour Rd.
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 631-0830
Bart Heil says, "The Chippewa Trail goes from downtown Midland to the Chippewa Nature Center, a distance of 3.8 miles. We just built the trail this summer. It is smooth blacktop 12 feet wide and we keep it as clean as possible, the trail has lots of curves and rolling (for Midland County) terrain. People say it is the best roller skiing around by far."
The Chippewa Trail connects to the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail via the tridge in downtown Midland.
The trail is open dawn to dusk as are all of our trails and ther is no charge to use it or any of our trails.
Lots of curves and rolling (for Midland County) terrain.
Trail map
Pere Marquette Rail-Trail
(Midland to Clare 
Get on the path in downtown Midland at the Tridge, in Sanford, in Coleman, and at other places along the way.

The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail of Mid-Michigan is a linear park that extends from downtown Midland to Clare, 30 miles one-way. There are eight bathrooms along the route, and several places to get food.

Flat and straight but really nice pavement. Great place for a long slow distance workout or flat intervals: A few miles outside of Midland and you almost have the trail to yourself!

Map 
Milford
Milford to Kensington Bike Path A new bike trail that runs from the Milford YMCA to the Kensington Metropark bike path.  
Mt. Clemens
Metropolitan Beach Metropark 
(810) 463-4581
Rick says: I went there quite by accident this summer and found a wonderful bike/rollerblade trail that is ideal for rollerskiing for flat terrain workouts. The path is actually a very long bike trail that as far as I can tell extends for miles. All of it has recently been blacktopped and is in good condition-totally flat though. Excellent for V2 workouts. Trail Map
Muskegon
Musketawa Trail 
(Marne to Muskegon)

The Musketawa Trail is a 25 mile multi-use recreation trail between Marne (just west of Grand Rapids) and Muskegon, Michigan. It passes through farmlands and wetlands, over creeks, and through villages. The trail is a 4 season adventure for the outdoor enthusiast, living healthy and having fun. It provides a safe and natural environment for individual, family, and organizational use. This trail is enjoyed by bikers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, rollerbladers, cross-country skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers, and nature lovers.Trail has a 12 ft. wide paved surface. Trail has a 4 to 8 ft. wide gravel shoulder.

Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team's "Flatbeiner 50" Rollerski Tour uses this trail. 

Trail Map 
Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail State Park
(Hart to Montague)

This 21 mile paved, mostly flat trail was one of the first rails-to- trails projects in Michigan. The DNR is pursuing acquisition of an additional 10 miles south of Montague. A very nice trail for rollerskiing.

 
Petoskey
Bay Harbor Bike Trail 3 mile paved bike path from Bay Shore to the Petoskey city limits. Nice pavement, many road crossings, a killer and dangerous downhill at the end of the trail near Petoskey. The section closest to Bay Shore is best.  
Little Traverse Wheelway

Trail encompasses a paved path and local sidewalks, and runs from the west end of Petoskey city limits on U.S. 31 through Bay View. In Petoskey, the path winds through beautiful Bayfront Park. Some nice sections, others have many road crossing. Parts are great. Watch for traffic, racks and sand. 

 

Plymouth
Mayberry State Park 
Off of 8 Mile Road, east of Beck Road
Has a paved bike path and 4 miles of twisty, curvy mountain bike trails. Only one loop, however, is suitable for rollerskiing. The loop has gentle hills, and some of the pavement is a little rough but not too bad.  
Pontiac
Indian Springs Metropark 
Off White Lake Road between Ormand & Tegerdinne Roads (north of M-59 and west of the Oakland Pontiac Airport)

A very nice paved bike path, 3 miles down to a two mile loop, then 3 miles back for a total of 8 miles. One hill at the very beginning then pretty flat.

There are also nature paths. My favorite bike path for early long, slow distance rolls when I'm not ready to tackle lots of hills. Much less crowded then the other Metropark bike paths.

Trail Map
Stony Creek Metropark 
26 Mile & Van Dyke roads. 
810-781-4242
800-477-7756
Rick says: Typical metropark with an excellent paved bike path that is about 10 km around. Terrain is not quite as hilly as Kensington but still a good workout. Weekends in summer have plenty of people but there are no real traffic problems. Rick says: I rate it better than Kensington because there are fewer people hassles (I've had some run-ins with unsafe bikers at Kensington). Trail Map
Romulus
Lower Huron Metropark

Willow Metropark
(exit 11B on 275 South)

Oakwoods Metropark complex

Lower Huron:
Over 4 miles of paved trail to enjoy the beauty of the park. New 3.2 mile paved trail connects Lower Huron to Willow.

Willow:
A winding 4.5 mile paved trail circles the park

Oakwoods:
A 3 mile paved trail, connecting to the trail in Willow, leads to the Nature Study Area

Rick says: There are 3 Metroparks in close proximity here. The Willow park loop is a flat 3 mile loop. There is an interconnect (3 miles long) that links this to Huron River Metropark. This path is basically a path along the river (up and back about 4 miles). The south side of Willow connects to the Oakwoods Metropark trail that is again up and back about 6 miles. All of the terrain is pretty flat. This system is relatively new and really little used. Not a great deal of traffic even in summer.

Trail Map 1 

Trail Map 2 

South Haven
Kalhaven Rail-to-Trail The Kalhaven Rail-to-Trail extends from Kalamazoo to South Haven (34 miles). It is not paved, but has a crushed limestone surface that is rollerskiable on V2 Aeros or Elpex Offroads (my choice). Trail conditions vary from day to day, depending on the weather and season. Long dry spells leave some sections with a slow sandy texture, while a lot of rain leaves sections with a clayey, slippery texture. There is often a lot of debris on the trail in early Fall. Having said that, the trail is an excellent rollerski venue. Although very flat, the non-paved surface is slower and good for speed workouts. Between the fist and second mile markers coming from Kzoo, there is a cross-street leading to a 3-4 minute uphill on a paved road. Overall, I prefer to classic ski on the Kalhaven, with lots of double poling, since the pole plants are outstanding in the crushed-lime surface. An added bonus for going the distance is meeting your family at Lake Michigan for a swim and/or an overnight at a bed and breakfast. - Matt Hester

It is not paved, but has a crushed limestone surface that is rollerskiable on V2 Aeros or Elpex Offroads
 
Traverse City
Leelanau Trail Updated Oct 22, 2003: This is an extension of the TART Trail in Traverse City and will eventually connect to the west end of the Tart Trail. Currently, you would take M-22 north from Traverse City and go left on Carter Road. From there, the trail is good blacktop for approx 7 miles up to Lakeview Road (the last two have a slight uphill grade to them) with 3 road crossings. Two short wooden brides are on the trail. The trail is flat and crosses through fields, woods, along creeks, etc. At the end of the blacktop on the north end of the trail, it continues as a hard dirt trail to Suttons Bay (appox. 8 miles), through woods and fields with some road crossings. It is perfect for Mtn Bikes. Eventually, the trail will be blacktopped to Suttons Bay, so you will be able to rollerski from Traverse City to Suttons Bay and back. Round trip approx 20 miles. -Steve Westphal  
TART  This paved bike trail stretches from Bunker Hill Rd in Acme through downtown Traverse City. Many wooden bridges and road crossings. 
The TART Trail is entirely paved and perfect for summer ski use. The trail takes users through beautiful downtown Traverse City and along Grand Traverse Bay.
TART is maintained by TART Trails, Inc. a local nonprofit trail advocacy organization. Links can be found at www.traversetrails.org

The wooden bridges are slippery when wet. Watch for gravel & sand at road crossings. Flat. Take a backpack and go shopping downtown!
 
Westland
Hines Park 
Runs between Plymouth (near 7 Mile) and Dearborn

A freshly paved six mile section of Hines Drive is closed to traffic on Saturdays between 9:00am and 3:30pm from May 1 to September 25, between Outer Drive and Ann Arbor Trail. Watch out for kids on bikes and wild inline skaters.
  There are also 17 miles of paved bike paths along much of the road. 

The closed portion of the road is wonderful for roller skiing - mostly flat with one hill. The paved bike paths can be rocky and bumpy, although parts have been recently repaved.

 

Upper Peninsula

Rollerski Trail Description Details
Houghton
City of Houghton

There is a 4.5 mile long paved biking trail just outside the back door of the Dow Environmental Engineering & Sciences Building and the Minerals & Materials Building. The trail runs from the Houghton beachfront to the Isle Royale Sands.

 
Stanton Township roads

The nicest thing about roller skiing in Stanton Twp. is the very low volume of traffic and the courteous drivers. Of course, that's true for most of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Granted, our roller season is fairly short by most standards but that means our ski season is long!

Here are nice 8 and 12 mile loops. The nearest town is Atlantic Mine (about five miles away). Houghton is about eight miles away. Get to Schmidt's (below) from Houghton by going north on the Houghton Canal Road just west of town on M-26: 

12 Mile Loop: Park at the Schmidt's Corner Bar & Grill 4.25 miles out the Houghton Canal road. From there you can roll down the Canal road toward Oskar and the Stanton Township park at Lake Superior (a 12 mile round trip over freshly re-paved roads). 

8 Mile Loop: Park at the Schmidt's Corner Bar & Grill 4.25 miles out the Houghton Canal road. Roll west from on the Liminga road. Turning left after .75 miles on the Rauhala road, you can head south 2.25 miles to the Covered road. Turn right and go west about a mile to the newly paved South Superior road. Turn right again and enjoy a fast 2.25 mile trip that is mostly downhill. At the Liminga road, turn right and head back east 1.75 miles to Schmidt's Corner where you started. Total mileage is about 8 miles.

     -Michael Abbott

 
Marquette  
Marquette JC: We have an 8 mile+ long bike trail that has nice pavement excellent for roller skiing on. The trail makes a big loop around Marquette for a total of close to 8 miles. Branches follow Lake Superior lakeshore to the nearby town of Harvey (4 miles away ), and another newly installed branch goes about 5 miles North of Marquette to Sugarloaf Mountain (a great place to climb, it has stairs, nice view of the Marquette area from 1000 ft on top of a hill). The trail along the lake shore also continues to the North of Presque Isle Park where there is another 4-5 miles of paved pathway to ski upon. This section is open to cars but they are limited to 15 miles per hour and are not all that frequent . Below I will divide the trails and define there terrain. Bike Path Map
Presque Isle Loop Starts with a large uphill , then goes around the island for four or so miles before ending at it's start. The middle point of this loop has a nice long downhill that ends with a moderate turn.

To Get There: Take US41 / M28 North into Marquette. Follow the sign for downtown Marquette. Look for Three Happiness Chinese Food Restaurant and Brew Bakers Coffee Shop. Take a right on the road next to Three Happiness and follow this road past an Iron ore Dock. Nearby is a city park : Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park. This is a great place to park your car as the trail runs right by here. The trail runs North to Presque Isle park and West out to Sugarloaf (starts at the junction with Hewitt / County Road 550.

 
Lakeshore Trail / Loop This is a mostly flat trail with excellent views of Lake Superior. It eventually turns towards Marquette Mountain ski hill and returns back to it's start. The end part along McClennan Ave. is all downhill. Yay! Be careful that you are able to stop for the stop lights at U.S. 41 and Washington street both roads have heavy traffic.

To Get There: Take US41 / M28 North into Marquette. follow the sign for downtown Marquette. Look for Three Happiness Chinese Food Restaurant and Brew Bakers Coffee Shop. Take a right on the road next to Three Happiness and follow this road past an Iron ore Dock. Nearby is a city park : Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park. This is a great place to park your car, and as the trail runs right by here. The trail runs North to Presque Isle park and West out to Sugarloaf (starts at the junction with Hewitt / County Road 550.

 
Sugarloaf Trail The Sugarloaf Trail is a wide shoulder along country road 550. The trail is all uphill, so you get a magnificent workout, and a more easy fast run on the way back.  

Illinois

Darin
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve The southwest corner of Interstate 55 and Cass Road. Go south on Cass mile to Northgate Road turn right/west to parking lot.

This is crushed limestone, a 9 mile loop with hills, fantastic unless its been raining a lot. - David Fyhrie. Best for V2 Aero 150 rollerskis because of the crushed limestone.
 

Naperville
Springbrook Forest Preserve Crushed limestone. 9S400 Plainfield-Naperville Road between 87th and 75th streets; east of Route 59. Easy terrain about 6 miles. - David Fyhrie. Best for V2 Aero 150 rollerskis because of the crushed limestone.  
Oakbrook
Neighborhoods of Brook Forest and Ginger Creek Paved roads. Best place to park car is at the tennis courts on Regent Drive near Brook Forest Grade School. No bathrooms but there is often a construction Porta Pottie in this ritzy neighborhood with remodeling activities. - David Fyhrie

From the intersection of Route 83 and 31st Street, take 31st street west for mile to Regent Drive, turn right/north and go 1 mile to tennis courts.

This is a cloistered beautiful subdivision with very little traffic, easy rolling hills, mature trees and winding roads. Total mileage around 10. - David Fyhrie.

Best for V2 Aero 150 rollerskis because of the crushed limestone
 

Plainfield
Lake Renwick Preserve, Turtle Lake Access Lake Renwick Turtle Lake Access in Plainfield is an awesome place to roller ski. We have been meeting every Sat AM around 8:00 for a couple hours. This trail is nicely paved with no cross streets, mostly flat, 10K loop. A great place for a training clinic or a race...hint, hint.
In my opinion this path is way better than Poplar, Busse or even Oakbrook because of the lack of cross streets and heavy bike/pedestrian traffic.
Directions: I-55 to Weber south to Airport Rd. west. 2 miles on the left. - David Fyhrie: The best!
Trail map

Wheaton
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve Crushed limestone. Southwest corner of Butterfield Road and Herrick Road.
Take Herrick south for mile enter forest preserve on your left/east.
Over 10 miles of crushed limestone going East and West of the parking lot. Connects to Danada Forest Preserve on the east and Blackwell Forest Preserve to the west.
 

Ohio

Toledo
University/Parks Trail 
University of Toledo
Toledo
This one's just south of the border in Toledo, Ohio.  It's a flat 6 1/2 mile trail that starts behind the University of Toledo and ends in Sylvania, Ohio. What else can I say? Oh yes. It closes at dark. Yes, you read this right. It closes at dark. Trail police have been known to ticket (~$70.00) people for being on the trail after hours. Rollerskiers - go for it. Trail map 
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