Bikes are allowed on the Red Loop , Green Loop
, Yellow Loop
and Blue Loop
only. Stay off the horse trails. All trails are directional (counterclockwise.) The park does close at night. The trails DO pass through hunting land, wear blaze orange in season.
Family Friendly: The park is frequented by families camping, swimming, and riding.
The Red Trail at Fort Custer Recreation Area is one way (counterclockwise.) Most riders start at the mountain bike trailhead parking lot. The trail is well signed. Red Trail features many stretches of beginner / intermediate singletrack, with some sections of more advanced technical sections. Arguably these sections are the hardest available in this trail system, which is why most riders rate this the more advanced trail at The Fort. Honestly, it's a very fun trail even if you dismount and walk the few features above your skill level. To skip the most advanced section, take the "Easy" bypass around "Granny's Garden" at marker #6. Beware of the various trail crossing with horse trails and two tracks. The trail leads directly back to the parking lot.
The Red Trail features a good mix of meadow and wooded trails and uses many of the landscape features left from the military base, such as "The Trenches" section at the very start. If the trail has seen a lot of rain, it will be very apparent in the first mile or so of the trail.
The trail is maintained by Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association, please direct any issues with the trail to them via their website at swmmba.com