The nationally-recognized Portage Bikeway Trail System has long contributed to the high quality of life in the City of Portage, offering a great way to explore this scenic community. The city has been steadily developing its multi-use trail system since 1987, which now includes a total of 17.5 miles of asphalt trails and close to 40 miles of paved bike shoulders. The trails were developed with accessibility in mind, making it a fun, easy journey for people of all abilities.
The main spine of the trail system runs 5.6 miles from South Westnedge Park to Kilgore Road, meandering along Portage Creek and through the Celery Flats Historical Area north of City Hall. The trail is 12-feet wide to safely accommodate various non-motorized activities. Exceptionally scenic trail sections are located between East Milham Avenue and Kilgore Road where the trail closely hugs Portage Creek.
There are several trail offshoots from the main spine. The most popular secondary trails are the Millennium Trail and the Northwest Portage Bikeway west of Bicentennial Park. These trails travel north and west, running through a wetlands complex and quiet residential neighborhoods. Plans are currently under development by neighboring communities to connect the Portage Bikeway Trail System with the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail and trails in Texas Township. The City of Portage also plans to extend the trail south through a natural area.