Explore a growing network of over 22 miles of continuous paved trails that follow the Clinton River basin from River Bends Park to Lake Saint Clair. We began our ride at Lake Saint Clair Metropark and rode to River Bends Park and back; a fairly flat and easy ride, with a stop in downtown Utica for lunch.
Freedom Metro Trail
The ll-mile Freedom Metro Trail officially begins in front of the beach house at Lake Saint Clair Metropark. The Metropark also boasts some nice paved trails within the park that guide you along the water's edge to Point Huron. The trail travels along the south side of the Metro Parkway (16 Mile Road) and officially ends at Schoenherr Road. When you cross under the 1-94 interchange, the trail intersects with the middle of the Clinton River Spillway Bike Path, which runs along the edge of the waterway about 2.5 miles from Mount Clemens to Lake Saint Clair (a fun side trip worth exploring). Most of the major street crossings offer protected crossing signals plus a bike-friendly pedestrian bridge over Groesbeck Highway.
Sterling Heights Connector
At the west end of the Freedom Metro Trail, cross over to the west side of Schoenherr Road and proceed north on a paved urban pathway that provides safe passage to Dodge Park. This connector trail travels about 3 miles along the west side of Schoenherr Road and the south side of Utica Road to Dodge Park.
Dodge Park to River Bends Park
Ride, hike or run over 8 miles of paved non-motorized trails that meander along (or near) the edge of the Clinton River through Dodge Park, Clinton River Park, Clinton River Heritage Park, downtown Utica, Memorial Park and River Bends Park. This is a very scenic stretch of trail that we highly recommend.
If you only want to ride this 8-mile section of trail, we suggest starting your journey at River Bends Park or the Clinton River Park Trailhead on Edison Street south of Clinton River Road. The newest section of trail from downtown Utica to River Bends Park was completed in 2015 and nicely designed. Construction will resume this summer on two segments of paved trail that will eventually connect the trail in River Bends Park to the Macomb Orchard Trail, running through Gene Shepherd Park and Holland Ponds Park in Shelby Township.