The Pere Marquette Rail Trail winds its way across the middle of Michigan's Lower Peninsula,
travelling west from
to east of Farwell and then from the
eastern edge of
. Following the route used by the
Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad, the trail passes through
cities big and small
The paved section from Clare to Midland is very popular with bicyclists, in-line skaters, walkers, and joggers. There are several historic
bridges along the trail, including the Tridge in Midland and bridges near
and North Bradley.
Biking, jogging and walking can also be done on the paved segment from Farwell to the west side of Reed City.
This section is beautiful during the fall when the trees are in full color.
West of Reed City, the trail is used for mountain biking and hiking to Baldwin. The trail segment is gravel/dirt (and sometimes grass) and can be rugged in spots.
Snowmobilers love using the trail from Baldwin to Farwell during the winter months.
The Pere Marquette equestrian trail moseys almost six miles from Coleman to North Bradley, running parallel with the paved section. There is horse
trailer parking at the North Bradley trailhead.
In Reed City
, the trail intersects the
White Pine Trail
which goes from Comstock Park to Cadillac.