Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

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.

Along the way, interpretive signs, scenic viewing platforms and several shelters and rest areas add a nice touch to your trail riding experience. Most of the trail is protected with a natural canopy of trees, a welcome relief on hot summer days.

Equestrian use was thoughtfully integrated into the trail's design. A dedicated equestrian path meanders parallel to the paved trail from Entrepreneur Drive to Stroebel Road. The Van Wormer Road Trailhead offers the best access for equestrian use.

Thomas Township Trail

Completed in 2013, the Thomas Township Trail connects the surrounding community to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail- a great benefit to local residents. The new trail is nicely landscaped and paved with asphalt. This northern branch of the trail travels 2.3 miles to the township's public service building near the Meijer store and other retail businesses and restaurants on Gratiot Road (M-46). The Thomas Township Trail offers a great opportunity to add a few more scenic miles to your ride or run.

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Trail Resource Guide

Bicycle & Fitness Shops
Bicycle Village Saginaw Valley Bicycle Village Saginaw Valley
5675 Bay Road
Saginaw, MI 48604
(989) 792-8121
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Chicky & Chippi Chicky & Chippi
4783 Bay Road
Saginaw, MI 48604
(989) 755-1100
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CycleFit Sports CycleFit Sports
5740 Bay Road
Saginaw, MI 48604
(989) 797-2348
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Jack's Bicycle Shop Jack's Bicycle Shop
207 Third Street
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 684-1735
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Ray's Bike Shop Ray's Bike Shop
303 Slazburg Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 892-7516
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Trail Groups and Developers
Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Alliance Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Alliance
515 N. Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Saginaw, MI 48607
(989) 752-7164
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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

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Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
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Tourist Information
Saginaw County Parks & Rec Commission Saginaw County Parks & Rec Commission
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 790-5280
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Trail Supporter
DTE Energy DTE Energy

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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
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Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Sinas Dramis Law Firm
3380 Pine Tree Road
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 394-7500
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