Michigan State Parks: Lakelands Trail

Man and Woman in front of Lakelands Trail State Park Sign

The Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park is a 20-plus mile rail-trail that stretches between Livingston and Ingham counties in south central Michigan.

 The Lakelands Trail State Park is a rails-to-trails conversion on the bed of the former Grand Trunk Railroad. It is now part of the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail that stretches across the state from South Haven to Port Huron.

In June 2018, the trail was renamed in honor of Michigan trails champion Mike Levine.

Trail Details

The multi-use trail is for biking, running, walking your dog, cross-country skiing, and equestrian use. The majority of Lakelands Trail State Park is a compacted and crushed limestone slag surface, with a small paved section just west of Pinckney.

Man riding a bike on the Lakelands Trail State Park
The paved portion of Lakelands Trail State Park

The trail winds through woods, pastures, picturesque wetlands and by the beautiful Huron River. 

Lakelands Trail State Park connects directly to the Pinckney Recreation Area equestrian trails, which provide an additional 13 miles of riding/walking. (No bikes are allowed on the Pinckney equestrian trails.)

Trail navigation sign
Trail leading to Pinckney Equestrian Trails

There are a number of Trailhead locations with different amenities (vault toilets, picnic tables, etc. Check the website for details)
1. Stockbridge Trailhead (M-52 and S. Center St, Stockbridge, MI 49285)
2. Gregory Trailhead (188 Main St, Gregory, MI 48137)
3. Pinckney Trailhead (499 Pearl St, Pinckney, MI 48169)
4. Pettysville Trailhead (Pettysville Road and M-36, Hamburg, MI 48139)
5. Hamburg Trailhead (10699 Hamburg Road, Hamburg, MI 48139)

Bike path through the woods
Limestone slag surface

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