6 Family-Friendly Bike Trails in Northern Michigan

These bike trails in Traverse City, Leelanau County, Gaylord, Mackinaw City, Charlevoix, and Petoskey are great for families with kids of all ages. Enjoy the beauty of Northern Michigan with the whole family, hassle-free! 


This 3-mile trail currently wraps around the northern and eastern edges of Boardman Lake in Traverse City. Eventually, it will circle the entire lake. The trail has sections of pavement and crushed limestone.

Access and parking for the north end are off Hannah Road directly south of the Traverse Area District Library, and access for the south end is located at Medalie Park near Logan’s Landing off South Airport Road. You can also access the trail from Oryana.

View an interactive map of the Boardman Lake Trail.


The Leelanau Trail connects Traverse City and Suttons Bay by way of a paved, 17-mile trail. It features views of surrounding forests, farms, vineyards, lakes, and ponds. Added bonus: it’s flat and easy to ride. Don’t want to ride the entirety of the trail? Not to worry, there are three trailheads with parking you can use to access the trail at Cherry Bend Road, Fouch Road, and 4th Street in Suttons Bay.

View an interactive map of the Leelanau Trail.

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