Trail difficulty
Green
Elevation Gain
114.00 ft (34.75 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Family friendly. Well-marked trails. Close to town.

Cons

Few advanced features.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Trailhead Elevation

653.00 ft (199.03 m)

Highest point

681.00 ft (207.57 m)

Net Elevation Gain

28.00 ft (8.53 m)

Features

Family friendly
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Route Characteristics

Trail

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

West Coast/Lake Michigan, Michigan
West Coast/Lake Michigan, Michigan
West Coast/Lake Michigan, Michigan

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