Trails in Mecosta County
Whether you are looking for a place to hike, bike, snowmobile or snowshoe Mecosta County has the trail for you. From a leisurely stroll while taking in a scenic view or for more of a challenging adventure, we can point you in the right direction for the trail that is right for you.
When it comes to trails, there's no place like Michigan. We are home to more than 13,000 miles of state-managed trails, plus thousands or miles of local, county and federally managed trails and pathways. Together, these trails connect communities and provide real health and economic benefits. No matter where you are, chances are you'll find hiking and biking, equestrian and water trails.
With that in mind, Michigan Trails Week is the perfect time to hit your favorite trail, try trails for the first time or try your hand (or feet) at an all-new trail adventure.
Run, Hike, Ride, or Paddle - EVERY MILE COUNTS.
Are you up for the challenge? During Michigan Trails Week, we're challenging Michiganders to make every mile count by self-reporting mileage spent on non-motorized trails. Earn badges for completing miles. For each badge you earn, you will be entered in a drawing for cool outdoor gear and Michigan branded prizes!
Make sure to Register for the event in order to log your mile(s) and earn badges!
Donate to your favorite trail
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance teamed up to highlight trail projects that need your help. Money raised for these trail projects will directly go to them and make a positive impact.
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail has 29 miles of its 92-mile stretch that are still in need of being paved. The Friends of the White Pine Trail and their partners trust within the next couple years the entire trail can be paved. If you would like to make a donation during Michigan Trails Week please click here.
Michigan's Dragon Groundbreaking of Michigan's Dragon
The Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce their strategic investment of $100,000 in the Michigan's Dragon Trail project, along with being the trail's first sponsor. "We see the Dragon Trail project as a key investment that will bring even more Pure Michigan magic to Mecosta County," stated Connie Koepke, Executive Director of the Mecosta County CVB. Along with being the first financial sponsor of the Dragon Trail, the Mecosta County CVB has earned the distinction of having the longest suspension bridge in the project (one of three) named after their organization.
The Dragon Trail will be a national attraction that Mecosta and Newaygo counties will have and be proud to feature as a destination. This 47 mile trail is a circular loop that goes around water and will provide opportunities for biking, running and water events which is rare in itself. The 2-foot-wide trail will be a one-of-a-kind regional, national and even international attraction. The planned trail will pass through terrain, six parks which will serve as trail heads along with eight boat launches and marinas. The trail will include 13 scenic overlooks and 20 footbridges. Among the 20 bridges there will be three suspension bridges.
Michigan's Dragon Trail Construction Underway!
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail is just under 100 miles long and is perfect for any time of year. During the summer months this trial is great for mountain biking, hiking and taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the great outdoors. The White Pine Trail is one of the Top 100 Rails-to-Trails in the US as determined by the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. You can see it on the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website.
During the winter months enjoy an invigorating snowmobile ride, snowshoeing or even cross country skiing. For trail conditions and grooming status you can find this information and more at the Michigan Snowmobile Association website.
The DNR also has an updated link for local license vendors. You can find this here.
For those in search of a more relaxing stroll, enjoy the Big Rapids Riverwalk which is accessible to all. Riverwalk is just under 3.5 miles long and follows alongside the beautiful Muskegon River. This award winning trail features fishing platforms, benches, bike racks and picnic areas on either side of the 250 foot wooden bridge that spans the Muskegon River. Perfect for walking, biking or rollerblading in the summer months or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter months. To rent equipment for your recreation needs you can find a list of available equipment and rates here at Ferris State University.
The Hungerford Recreation Area in Big Rapids has separate trails for people to enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. For horseback riders there are 35 miles of trails in the recreation area and for hikers and bikers, two loop to create a 10 mile trail. Trails accommodate either less experienced riders up to those looking for more of a challenge from hilly to very hilly.
Explore 200 acres at the White Pine Valley Recreation Area located in Paris Michigan. This is a great place for mountain bike groups, hikers, cross county skiers and snowshoer's to explore and enjoy. To access this trail that is located just east of Paris from Northland Drive, turn east on Hoover Drive, north on 205th Ave, east on 22 Mile, and the parking lot is on the north side of the road.
For those looking to experience a different kind of ride, the Muskegon River runs through Mecosta County. Canoe, kayak, pontoon or tube down this scenic waterway. Enjoy a few hours or an entire afternoon. Rentals are available in the area for canoes, kayaks, and tubes or for pontoon boats.
If you are searching for a variety of shorter trails in the Big Rapids area check out our Let’s Walk Big Rapids Trail Guide. Here you will find a color coded map with numerous trails, parking, public restrooms and city parks.
To explore nature while walking, and keeping the kids engaged as well, follow along with the Kids Guide to Clay Cliffs Nature Park. Clay Cliffs is a great, family recreation area with endless outdoor activities for everyone. Be sure to pack a picnic and enjoy the day!
Michigan Artwalk on the campus of Ferris State University in Big Rapids is a dynamic collection of original artwork created entirely by award-winning Michigan artists. The featured pieces of sculptures and paintings comprise a diverse art collection that includes one of the largest free-standing canvases in the United States. This is great way to not only get out for a relaxing walk but take in a great, cultural dynamic as well.
No matter what type of trail experience you are seeking, we have it here in Mecosta County!
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