“Riding all of River Bends' singletrack, including the swamp loop.
— Steve Vigneau
This is a full lap of River Bends Park, featuring the main loop (River Bends Park: Yellow Loop
), the south end (River Bends Park: Blue Loop
), and the swamp loop (River Bends Park: Orange Loop
Swamp loop may be muddy, if so, avoid it and cut out early.
The route is relatively flat but flowing, something that beginners can take their time on or experienced riders can push a bit on and have fun. There are a few log piles, the fast Dragstrip section, and a couple of optional more-technical sections to provide a bit of a challenge.
Most of the trail is one way, except for a small two-way section at the northern end of the Blue trail in the south end of the park. This two way section runs along the top of hand-dug tailings from the construction of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal
and generally has good visibility, but keep your eyes open for riders coming from the other direction.
History & Background
This trail system was developed by CRAMBA-IMBA (formerly the Michigan Mountain Biking Association Metro North Chapter) in conjunction with Shelby Township's Parks, Recreation and Maintenance department. Some of the trail was originally old, casually created / bandit trail, but most of it is new, sustainably designed for longevity, safety, and accessibility for users of all types.