Ludington School Forest Trails

West Coast/Lake Michigan, Michigan

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Ludington School Forest Trails


  • The entrance to the Ludington School Forest Trials.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • A short section of the walking paths leads to the dedicated bike trails.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • Riding along the green connector trail.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • The trails meander through open forest.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • The trails are well marked.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • A typical trail view.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • Open patches in the forest are filled with ferns.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • The trails are mostly level.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • The shady trails are great on a hot day.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • Coming around a corner in the Ludington School Forest Trails.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • Enjoying the open forest trails.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • The bike trails are all well groomed singletrack.- Ludington School Forest Trails
  • A map along the trail.- Ludington School Forest Trails
Overview + Weather
Family friendly. Well-marked trails. Close to town.
Few advanced features.
West Coast/Lake Michigan, MI
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
681.00 ft (207.57 m)
Route Characteristics: Mountain biking: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
28.00 ft (8.53 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Trail difficulty: 
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Total elevation gain: 
114.00 ft (34.75 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
653.00 ft (199.03 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


The Ludington School Forest Bike Trails are nested within the greater Ludington School Forest Trail system, which features several miles of walking paths, an exercise trail, and a disc golf course. The bike trails were established and are maintained by the Shoreline Cycling Club. There are 5 miles of clearly marked, dedicated bike trails. Use caution at trail intersections because the walking paths are very popular.

The school forest rests just outside of downtown Ludington, making it easy for visitors to rent a bike at one of the local outfitters like Trailhead Bike Shop and ride to the trails. There is also parking available at the corner of Tinkham and Sherman Road and off Jebavy Drive. The green connector trail provides access to three different loops. All of the loops can be ridden in either direction and offer beginner-friendly features with little elevation gain or loss.

The orange loop is the closest to either of the parking areas. It features 1.8 miles of tight turns over rolling terrain through an open hardwood forest. The blue trail is similar, but shorter, covering only 0.7 miles. The red trail is located across the Bryant Road from the rest of the trails. It covers 1.8 miles with less tight turns. All of the trails are well-groomed singletrack, providing a perfect place for beginning riders to build confidence while speeding through the trees. The nearby Cartier Bike Path provides slightly more advanced features and can be accessed by following the green connector trail north through the red loop.

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