Some 23.5 miles of smooth pavement and beautiful scenery await you on the Macomb Orchard Trail. Built on an abandoned railroad that was originally called the Michigan Air Line Railway, the trail connects the communities of Shelby Township, Romeo, Armada and Richmond in Macomb County. The southern end of the trail connects with the Clinton River Trail at Dequindre Road. If you begin your journey from the south, you will notice a changing landscape that takes you on a journey from suburban neighborhoods through wide open spaces, long tunnels of trees, quaint country towns, and of course, an orchard south of Romeo.
Just north of Romeo, a unique covered bridge over highway M-53 marks a transition point where the trail heads east to Armada through a mostly wooded landscape. A bridge over the Clinton River is an exceptionally scenic spot to stop and take in the views. A towering grain elevator announces your arrival in Armada, with several stores and eating places just one block north of the trail. From Armada to Richmond, the trail passes through woodlands, pastures and fields of corn and beans. An archway welcomes you to the eastern trailhead and downtown Richmond where you will find a bike shop and plenty of restaurants and stores.
Stony Creek Metropark Hike-Bike Trail
If you would like to add a few more scenic miles to your travel plans, consider a side trip on the Stony Creek Metropark Hike-Bike Trail. This nicely maintained asphalt trail takes you on a circular loop around Stony Creek Lake with access to several nature trails and mountain biking trails along the way. The park also offers bike rentals. To connect to the Hike-Bike Trail, head north on the west sidewalk on Shelby Road where the trail crosses the intersection of 25 Mile and Shelby roads. About a quarter mile north, the sidewalk transitions into the Hike-Bike Trail and leads you into the park.