Southwest Michigan is a known destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and cyclists aren’t to be excluded. If you are looking for a fun but challenging ride with beautiful scenery, below are some of the best local mountain bike trails to add to your itinerary.
Dr. T. K. Lawless County Park- Vandalia, MI
This ten-mile, single-track trail is for riders with an intermediate skill level because of its length and climbs. It’s fast-flowing with lots of twists and turns but the ride is smooth with very few technical features. Expect short climbs with steep downhills and long straightaways. The first six miles have the most hill climbs so once you make it that far the last four will be much easier. This wooden trail is open year-round so you can enjoy riding all four seasons, weather permitting. This is an alternating direction trail depending on the day so make sure you are going the right way!
Admission Fee: $1 for county resident, $3 for non-county resident
Andrews University Trails- Berrien Springs, MI
This is another ten-mile, single-track trail system and is one of the most technical in the area. It has a variety of features and with more than 1,000 feet of elevation per lap, this trail will get your heart pumping. While this is a more challenging trail, there are options to take easier lines so it offers something for everyone. Beginners can always choose to walk the more technical sections if they aren’t comfortable riding them. Being located right off US-31 also makes it easy to access so you can spend more time riding. Admission is free.
Mountain Bike Trail at Chikaming- Three Oaks, MI
This emerging trail system at Chikaming County Park & Preserve is very scenic and currently has 3 loops with a 4th in the works. All 3 loops equal 6 miles of twisting single track with an overall intermediate rating. There aren’t a lot of jumps or climbing but there are some fun features like logs and bridges to keep you engaged during the ride. Warm-up on loop 1 then move on to loop 2 for a more technical ride. Loop 3 allows you to speed up before taking you twisting through the woods and ending with some quick climbs.
Love Creek County Park & Nature Center- Berrien Springs, MI
This scenic 3-mile trail with ravine, marsh and prairie views is open year-round. It’s a very basic beginner trail but Love Creek is one of the only parks in the area that keeps the trails groomed all winter for fat-tire biking. So, if you are planning to visit in the winter months this is a great option.
Ready to ride these trails for yourself? Start planning your trip today. Check out our Trail Guide to explore more local trails while you’re here.