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Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee Rail Trail

Michigan's newest rails-to-trails conversion, the 42-mile Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Rail Trail was completed in the spring of 2015. It gets its name from the three counties it spans on the former Central Michigan Railroad. The abandoned rail corridor was acquired by the state of Michigan in 2007 and developed by the DNR through a broad coalition of federal, state and local funding.

Perfect for day rides of just about any distance, the trail goes through the center of several quaint farming towns, where you will find easy access to local stores, eateries and ice cream shops. It also runs parallel to highway M-21, offering convenient access. The trail was developed with a new trailway design concept, where the "Town & Village Zones" are paved with asphalt and the "Rural and Natural Zones" are surfaced with finely screened limestone.

The developed trail currently begins at the Prairie Creek Bridge east of Ionia and crosses over the Maple River east of Muir. It then travels through the heart of Michigan farm country before it crosses the headwaters of the Maple River in Ovid on its way to Owosso. A nice canopy of trees shelters the trail most of the way. At Smith Road, west of Owosso, a designated, signed bike route guides you into downtown Owosso.

Trail planners envision future rail-trail connections and extensions to downtown Owosso and east to Durand. The undeveloped section of trail from M-66 in Ionia to the Prairie Creek Bridge should be completed within the next two years. The Fred and Lena Meijer Foundation established an endowment fund to maintain the trail into perpetuity.

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Trail Resource Guide

Bicycle & Fitness Shops
Dan's Bike Shop Dan's Bike Shop
350 W. Main Street
Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 527-0471
Web Link
House of Wheels House of Wheels
814 Main Street
Owosso, MI 48867
(989) 725-8373
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Tourist Attractions
Steam Railroading Institute Steam Railroading Institute
405 S. Washtington Street
Owosso, MI 48867
(989) 720-3953
Web Link
Trail Groups and Developers
Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail
PO Box 274
Saint Johns, MI 48879

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

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Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
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West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition
PO Box 325
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 485-7805
Web Link
Tourist Information
City of Ionia City of Ionia
114 N. Kidd Street
Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 527-4170
Web Link
Shiawassee County Convention & Visitors Bureau Shiawassee County Convention & Visitors Bureau
215 N. Water Street
Owosso, MI 48867
(989) 723-1199
Web Link
Village of Pewamo Village of Pewamo
130 East Main Street
Pewamo, MI 48873
(989) 593-2553
Web Link
Trail Supporter
Consumers Energy Consumers Energy
One Energy Plaza
Jackson, MI 49201-2276

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DTE Energy DTE Energy



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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
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Meijer Meijer
2350 3-Mile Road
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

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Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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Williams Subaru Williams Subaru
525 N. Howard Street
Lansing, MI 48912
(866) 752-9939
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