The 20.5-mile section of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail from Sand Lake to Stanwood passes through shady woodlands, quiet farm country and the rural villages of Pierson, Howard City, Morley and Stanwood. Most of this section of trail (except Howard City) is unpaved gravel and grass, but don't let that deter you from experiencing this beautiful stretch of trail. The trail surface is firm and nicely maintained, and the grade is relatively flat, making it well suited for mountain bikes or any bike with wide or "fat" tires.
Howard City welcomes you with a paved trail through the downtown area. A nice staging area on Cass Street in downtown Howard City offers plenty of parking, restrooms, drinking water and close proximity to several stores and restaurants. If you ride through town on Saturday mornings, you'll find a farmers market located right along the trail.
A bridge spanning the Little Muskegon River marks your arrival to the south end of Morley. Look east to see the Morley Dam and Morley Pond. In downtown Morley you'll discover a couple of party stores, local eateries and a staging area with restrooms, drinking water and a twin picnic gazebo.
There are no staging areas, food stores or restaurants in Pierson or Stanwood, so plan your trip accordingly if you are heading north to Big Rapids or beyond.