As we adjust to a new normal of social distancing and minimal contact, it is important now more than ever to take advantage of everything the great outdoors has to offer for both our physical and mental health. What better way to explore Detroit’s city landscapes while adhering to suggested health and safety tips, than by hopping on two-wheels for a bike ride? Welcome spring and a new quarantine routine with an outdoor adventure on one of these bike paths in and around Detroit.
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Grosse Ile Trail
This six-mile paved bike path lying on the Detroit River between Michigan and Ontario is the perfect spot for both a laid-back and sweat-induced ride. With residential wonders on one side and the old Michigan Central train depot on the other, Grosse Ile is sure to hit all of your sightseeing points as well.
Dequindre Cut Greenway
It may not be the longest bicycle path on this list, but Dequindre Cut’s two mile route can not be missed for a quick, comfortable ride through Detroit. With Eastern Market on one end, the Detroit River on the other, and unique graffiti throughout, there is plenty to be seen for your viewing pleasure. Looking to extend your adventure? Head towards the river to connect to the Detroit RiverWalk and beyond.
Rouge River Gateway Greenway
If you are looking for something a little more vigorous for your next bike path, this winding 20-mile trail near the beautiful University of Michigan-Dearborn campus may be right up your alley. Customize your adventure with a number of side trails through backwoods and an opportunity to take a peek at the Henry Ford Estate and Edward N. Hines Drive that is full of classic cars more often than not.. If you’d prefer to stay on the main path, you’ll continue to swoop along the Rouge River all the way up to Northville, passing both urban and natural landscapes.
The Detroit RiverWalk
It’s not too hard to believe that the Detroit RiverWalk is one of Detroit’s most iconic trails and a no brainer for a Detroit city bike path. This five and a half mile paved route offers views of a 63-foot-tall lighthouse, picnic areas and shoreline fishing, not to mention a stunning view of Windsor that is best viewed in the early evening. Running from the Ambassador Bridge in the west to Belle Isle in the east, the RiverWalk offers full access to downtown Detroit, should you want to spend some time by the city’s iconic skyscrapers. Pro tip: Come back to the Riverfront in June for what’s arguably the best view of the Ford Fireworks, one of the largest fireworks displays in the world.
A Detroit staple steeped in history, Belle Isle is an island park situated on the Detroit River between the United States and Canada. With 982 acres and a beautiful waterfront view of both the Windsor and Detroit city skyline, the newly adopted state park is a perfect spot for casual bike riders and experienced cyclists alike. Belle Isle also connects to the statewide Iron Belle Trail, a 791-mile biking route from the island to Ironwood.
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