Level: Beginner
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +52/54 ft
Total: 17 riders

Mountain Biking Lightning Bend

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#156 of 313 mountain bike trails in Michigan
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2 mile loop starts by the pavilion heading west ends up on east side of pavilion.
4 mile loop starts near outhouse and heads east and ends on east side of pavilion.
Both trails end at same point and can be looped togather with ease, Thank you to all who created another good trail to the Belding/Greenville area ;)

First added by hippy_sam on May 26, 2010. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Starting From M91 and M44 by the Burger King in Belding, head east on M44 until you get to 4 way stop at light. Turn right/North on Bridge st. till you get to stop sign at Congress St. Turn right/East to the next stop sign at Ashfield st. Take that left/north and cross the bridge to Merrick St at the top of hill, turn right/east for about 3/4 to 1 mile until you see Lightning Bend park on right/south side of road. Happy travels.
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Joel Kooienga (on Jul 23, 2019)
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Belding, Michigan

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  • shootswithfilm

    Sadly all the features have been removed :( No more log piles. Trail was so covered with leaves it was nearly impossible to see. Needs some tlc big time

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  • sissypants

    Nice ride through the woods, but study the route in advance because it's not signed well. Should not have driven up from Grand Rapids for this. No real technical challenges and not a lot of trail diversity.

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  • shootswithfilm

    Four mile loop has some nice hills and turns, lots of logs. Two mile loop needs care/ signage. It's overgrown and nearly impossible to see and hard to follow through the frisbee golf area (needs signage there). The long loop is worth riding.

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  • Erlstn

    Trail in is need of a chainsaw...trees down from recent storm completely blocking trail in a few spots. Also, trail through disc golf course is very hard to follow...needs to be "lined with branches" again. I still think the trail is cool it just needs some maintenance.

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  • Erlstn

    Kudos to the maintenance team because it's November and the trail was mostly clear of leaves. Several log climbs were the only obstacles...not a physically demanding trail but enjoyed it. Worth the drive in my opinion.

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  • mlorenz242

    Single track trails through other hiking trails. Not well marked, tight curves keep you from carrying any speed.

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  • hippy_sam

    Great new trail that is full of good burmed turns and some log hops, little bit of river sight seeing and lots flowing up and around this mixed woods trail.

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