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Saginaw Valley Rail Trail

The 11-mile Saginaw Valley Rail Trail is one of Michigan's newest and nicest trails. 12 foot wide, paved, smooth, flat and fast. Whether you enjoy running, bike riding, rollerblading, horseback riding, or just a leisurely stroll, you'll love this trail.

The new 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 non-profit 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 7 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.

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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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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
Web Link
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
Web Link
Village of St. Charles Village of St. Charles
110 W. Spruce Street
St. Charles, MI 48655
(989) 865-8287
Web Link
Trail Supporter
Consumers Energy Consumers Energy
One Energy Plaza
Jackson, MI 49201-2276

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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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