“Riding all of River Bends' singletrack, including the swamp loop.”
— Steve Vigneau
Swamp loop may be muddy, if so, avoid it and cut out early.
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
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.