Mountain Biking Trails

City Forest Mountain Biking Trails
In conjunction with the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, the City of Midland has developed eight miles of winding biking trails that twist and turn over flat land and steep hills at City Forest.  
City Forest Trail Systems
In addition to the biking trail system within City Forest, there are also numerous cross country ski trails.  Please note that these two systems are intertwined with each other and can confuse the novice rider/skier.  We ask users to please familiarize themselves as much as possible with the corresponding map for their activity.  There are markers along each route, but these markers are sometimes vandalized or fall prey to weather.  

Winter Use
Should you choose to utilize the City Forest trails in winter, please feel free to do so.  We ask only that you do not walk in the cross country ski track to the right/left of the main path, as this is the cross country ski track.  Also, be aware that bicyclists continue to use our biking trails in the winter months.
We rely solely on volunteers such as the Michigan Mountain Biking Association to assist us in maintaining the trails, especially the mountain biking trail system.  Volunteers are currently working on a new GIS mapping system for the forest so that we may provide users with a better system.  When it is available, we will post it on this webpage.  Until that time, please familiarize yourself with the trail you are on.  
Equestrians at City Forest
City Forest hiking trails may be utilized by equestrians in the spring, summer and fall months.  Equestrians are never permitted on the mountain biking trails.  Owners are asked to please refer to the cross country ski trail map as horse trails and to steer clear of all mountain biking trails.  We also ask that during the winter season when cross country ski trails are being groomed, equestrians refrain from using the trail system.
Midland Bicycle-Friendly
Once again, Midland has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. For tips on bicycling safely on Swede Avenue bike lanes, please reference this YouTube video on safety.

City Bike Path and Non-Motorized Transportation Committee / Plan
A sub-committee of the Planning Commission, Midland's Non-Motorized Transportation Committee was established in July 2008 to bring more non-motorized transportation options - such as bicycling and walking paths - to the city. Click here for more about the Non-Motorized Transportation Committee and the City’s Bike Path plus ideas for creating more pathways.