Cyclists can ride between Dixboro and Plymouth using the edge of Plymouth Road and the paved shoulders along Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor Road and Ann Arbor Trail. The 11-mile route passes several farms, rural areas, and residential neighborhoods.
- From Dixboro to Plymouth, Michigan
From Dixboro to M-153, you'll need to ride on the outer edge of Plymouth Road. There is a gravel shoulder a short distance outside of Dixboro, but it's easier to ride on the pavement. After the intersection of M-153 and Plymouth Road, there is a paved shoulder, which is over three feet wide along Plymouth Road. The terrain has a few hills between Frains Lake and Plymouth, with the largest hills being in Plymouth Township. When you reach where Ann Arbor Road and Ann Arbor Trail split, you'll want to cross Ann Arbor Road and follow Ann Arbor Trail to ride towards downtown Plymouth. The paved shoulder ends at Sheldon Road, and you'll need to ride on the outside edge of Ann Arbor Trail to downtown Plymouth.
- From Plymouth to Dixboro
You will ride on the outside edge of Ann Arbor Trail to the Plymouth city limits at Sheldon Road. After Sheldon Road, you can ride on the paved shoulder of Ann Arbor Trail. When Ann Arbor Trail meets Ann Arbor Road, you'll angle right and ride on the paved shoulder of Ann Arbor Road , which will turn into Plymouth Road. You'll continue riding on the paved shoulder through Frains Lake until the intersection of Plymouth Road and M-153. The paved shoulder goes away, and you will need to ride on the outside edge of Plymouth Road to reach Dixboro. Some cyclists who start in Plymouth will cut the route short and ride to Frains Lake and then turn around and ride back to Plymouth.
Before you go, it's a good idea to check the
State of Michigan's construction database
to make sure there will not be any construction on the road that can interfere with your ride.
John Dix settled in the area in 1824, building a house and later a barn. In 1827, Dix sectioned off parts of land, and named it Dixborough. In the early 1900s, the village became known as Dixboro.
Dixboro General Store
was built around 1840. The store was located along the primary road between Ann Arbor and Detroit, Plymouth Road, and sold general merchandise. From 1890 to 1905, it also housed the village's post office. During the 1990s, the building was restored, and Dixboro General Store is now a major attraction in the tiny village.
Dixboro United Methodist Church
is located just north of the store, across Plymouth Road. The church was built in 1858 and is listed on the National Registry of Historical Buildings and Places.
Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan's North Campus are located just west of Dixboro. The village is also not far from exit 41 on US-23.
Plymouth was settled in 1825, incorporated in 1867, and became a city in 1932. The Plymouth Railroad Station was built in 1871 by the Pere Marquette Railroad and brought visitors and goods to the village. Plymouth was once home to the Daisy Air Rifle Company, which began operation in the village in 1886.
In July 1967, the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, England, visited to celebrate the centennial of Plymouth, Michigan. He and his aides presented the citizens of Plymouth with a piece of Plymouth Rock as a symbol of the friendship between the two communities.
Plymouth is a very nice community with beautiful homes and a charming downtown area. Its annual free, summer concert series on Friday nights attracts many visitors to Kellogg Park in downtown. The city also hosts several large events during the year, including Art in the Park
in July, the Plymouth Fall Festival
in September, and the Plymouth Ice Festival
Downtown Plymouth has several excellent restaurants and bars, including the Box Bar & Grill, Compari's on the Park, and 336 Main.
The Penn Theatre
in downtown is a great spot to watch a classic film.