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Saginaw County Trails
 

The ll-mile Saginaw Valley Rail Trail is one of Michigan's nicest trails - 12 foot wide, paved, smooth, flat, fast and well maintained. Whether you enjoy running, biking, rollerblading, horseback riding, or a leisurely walk with man's best friend, you'll love this trail.

The linear park was the dream of local resident, Jim Garrett, who rode horses on the abandoned rail line in the 1980s and rallied public support for its development. Through a broad coalition of private, public and nonprofit funding, the property was purchased and construction began in 1999. Completed in 2009, the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail was designed, developed and currently owned and maintained by the Saginaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

The trail offers three well developed access sites. The Van Wormer Road Trailhead is especially nice. We began our journey at Lumberjack Park in St. Charles, where we crossed a beautifully restored rail bridge over the Bad River. In all, the trail crosses seven restored rail bridges over various creeks and rivers, passing by farms and a series of lush wetlands, including the Shiawassee River State Game Area and Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

PARKING: Parking is available at Lumberjack Park, Van Wormer Road Trailhead, and Stroebel Road Trailhead.

AMENITIES: Handicap Accessible, Pets Allowed

 

* Restrooms available at Lumberjack Park (Vault), Van Wormer Road Trailhead, and Stroebel Road Trailhead (Portable)

** Water available at ONLY Lumberjack Park and Van Wormer Road Trailhead.

 

POINTS OF INTEREST:  

ACTIVITIES: Walking, Running, Biking, Equestrian, Cross Country Skiing, In-Line Skating

 

Travel from Goerge Olson Park North to McCarty Road and South to Shattuck Rd for a family friendly ride!  This pedestrian pathway is perfect for all ages looking for a ride through town!

PARKING: Parking is available at George Olson Park 

AMENITIES: Restrooms, Water, Handicap Accessible, Pets Allowed, Playground, Picnic Areas

POINTS OF INTEREST: George Olson Park

ACTIVITIES: Walking, Running, Biking

 

Catch a gorgeous view of the Saginaw River as you walk between several parks on its banks!  The Riverwalk cuts through the heart of Saginaw just a few bridge walks from Old Town Saginaw! 

PARKING: Parking is available on Ojibway Island.

AMENITIES: Restrooms, Handicap Accessible, Pets Allowed, Playground, Picnic Area, Boat Launch

POINTS OF INTEREST: Ojibway Island, Webber Park, Hoyt Park, Children's Zoo, Wickes Park, Saginaw River, Lake Linton

ACTITIES: Walking, Running, Biking, In-Line Skating, Fishing

 

With gorgeous arching trees and access to several parks, the multi-use pathway is perfect for family strolls or training runs. Several connections are in progress to jump onto the Tittabawassee Township Pathways, Saginaw Valley State University trails, Saginaw Township Pathways, and Zilwaukee Township Pathways.

PARKING: Parking is available at Elmer Lange Park, Krossroads Park, and Saginaw Valley State University*.

*May require a parking pass  

AMENITIES: Restrooms, Water, Handicap Accessible, Pets Allowed, Playground

POINTS OF INTEREST: Elmer Lange Park, Krossroads Park, Saginaw Valley State University

ACTIVITIES: Walking, Running, Biking

 

The 2 mile long pathway gives great views of the Zilwaukee River!  Jump on at the Zilwaukee Riverfront Park and travel to Venoy Road.   

PARKING: Parking is available at the Zilwaukee Riverfront Park

AMENITIES: Restrooms, Water, Handicap Accessible, Pets Allowed, Playground, Picnic Area

POINTS OF INTEREST: Zilwaukee Riverfront Park

ACTITIES: Walking, Running, Biking, In-Line Skating

Established in 2013, the Thomas Trail is 3.19 miles wandering through Kluck Nursery, open farm fields and dense forest on the northern most end at the North Miller Road.  The Thomas Trial connects to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail system just west of South Miller Road.  Thomas Township has a trailhead located along the trail where it crosses Shields Drive.

PARKING: Parking is available at the Thomas Township trailhead located off of Shields Drive. 

AMENITIES: Restrooms, Water, Bike Rack, Picnic Tables, Air Pump

POINTS OF INTEREST: Kluck Nursery, Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

ACTIVITIES: Walking, Running, Biking