Embark on a scenic tour of 19 city and county parks, three museums, two rivers, one creek, a farmers market, and even a zoo, on the Lansing River Trail. It's a great way to explore the attractions, rich history and varied landscapes of Michigan's capital city.
Built in several stages over the past 28 years, the 12.9-mile trail system travels along Lansing's converging waterways on a series of paved paths, boardwalks and lots of bridges. Some sections are new and in pristine condition, while some of the older sections may be a little bumpy here and there. But overall, a great ride. The trail system consists of three major branches:
The northern branch follows the Grand River through "Old Town" Lansing and downtown Lansing to Potter Park Zoo. We suggest starting your journey at Turner Dodge Park, where you can explore the historic Turner Dodge Mansion. As you pedal through Old Town, you'll discover an arts and entertainment district filled with unique shops, pubs, restaurants, art galleries and the Brenke Fish Ladder. Further south, you'll travel past Lansing's year-round indoor farmers market, the Lansing Convention Center, the Impression 5 Science Center, and the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum. At the confluence of the Grand and Red Cedar rivers, you can cross a bridge to Riverpoint Park where a western branch of the trail continues along the Grand River to Moores Park. The main trail continues along the Red Cedar River to Potter Park Zoo, a great Lansing attraction and another good place to get on the trail.
The eastern branch of the trail continues along the Red Cedar River from Potter Park Zoo to Michigan State University, where you can explore a series of bike paths that wind through the campus and along the river's edge. Please be advised that this section of the trail is in a flood plain and may be impassable during periods of high water.
Meandering along Sycamore Creek, the southern branch is exceptionally scenic. It's the newest section of the Lansing River Trail and, hands down, one of the most beautiful sections of paved trail in Michigan! Traveling through a series of woodlands and wetlands, and crossing several bridges, you'll find plenty of opportunities to view wildlife and seasonal wildflowers and enjoy the solitude of nature. When the trail crosses Aurelius Road, it connects with the new South Lansing Pathway (heading west) and the Sycamore Trail (heading east and south). The Sycamore Trail is part of the Delhi Township Trails, a growing network of paved trails in the Holt area.