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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +225/225 ft
Total: 74 riders

Mountain Biking Upper Macatawa Cycling Trails

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#147 of 303 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#9,530 in the world

Trail is currently under construction. 2 Miles are nearly complete with the remainder expected to be completed in 2013.

First added by Joe Lampen on Jan 3, 2013. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Grand Rapids: Take 196 East to Exit 55, the Zeeland exit. Continue East on Business 196 to 88th / Fairview Ave. Go South on 88th Ave to Frontage Road. Turn West (left) to 84th Ave. Head South 1/8th mile to the Upper Macatawa Natural Area trail head parking lot. Singletrack trail begins at the top of the ridge by following the 1/2 mile paved trail beginning at the parking lot.
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  • MIchigan MTB

    Good trail. They packed a lot of trail into the space they had. Hardpacked and rooty in spots but overall decent trail.

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  • Pat Brazee

    Fun, intermediate trail with a few tough rooty climbs and switchbacks. Overall very smooth, good flow, surprisingly scenic considering where it's located.

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  • SomeYahoo

    Our new favorite trail! Wasn't on the top 50 list we are working to complete, but was recommended by the LBS. Glad we went. Great flow.

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  • BoozyDew

    Have yet to ride the trail, unfortunately it was closed 2-23-17.. FYI, they have a Facebook page that is updated frequently as to trail conditions and closures. I recommend you check before making the trip

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  • sissypants

    Great trail for getting the legs moving, machine-built, but lots of sharp corners and off-camber curves, not something you can shred consistently throughout. Clay base makes for awful chocolate accumulation after rains, sometimes mandating trail closures. Bumpy and hasn't smoothed out much over time with riding.

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  • Timmer_71

    Great trail, Not for beginners! This trail will spook newbies, there are lot's of places you don't want to fall off the trail. A lot of it is cut into the side of some pretty steep hills. I can't help but compare this trail to Merrell in Rockford but it doesn't have quite as smooth of a flow. Turns are a bit sharper, hills are a bit steeper, and have to use the brakes more. Note that this trail is one of the last to open in the spring (May?) and will be closed anytime it rains, sometimes for a couple of days afterwards.

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  • cynergy68

    Great fun trail with flow. Direction depends on the day of the week. Well maintained. If you love the Merrell trail then you will love this as well, just a little shorter and easier.

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  • Greg85

    I'm an enduro lover so this wasn't the place for me. It's like Phaser at Merrell, but more upward inclined and without many berms.

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  • Erlstn

    Fun trail! Like a longer version of the Phaser section of Merrill trail (downhill direction). Kinda short but plenty of climbs and rocks and roots to keep you focused. I would definitely ride it again.

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  • Russm

    Fast! The course is dry and fast - because it's built on clay, when it's this dry it get's pretty bumpy, slight dust over top make for some slippage. It's a great track for once or twice through.

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  • Rick Plite

    This trail is amazing! 5 miles of bench cut trail into the side slopes of a bunch of ravines. Ride this for three laps and you are spent, a total body workout.

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  • stillfat

    Lotsa berms, tacky dirt, lotsa fun. If it ends too soon, re-ride another loop, you won't even recognize it. Perfect trail for a singlespeed. Many fault the trail for being on clay and thus sloppy when wet. That's like faulting Monarch Crest or some other high alpine classic rides for having too many lightning storms, or being under snow 'til July. It is what it is, ride it when dry and enjoy...

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  • windblown

    Of the three trails two were officially closed. We tried to ride the one that said it was open. We got about 110 yards in and the trail was continually blocked by man made barriers. The trail was muddy and the hillside was leaking! Like springs were coming out of the hills. What a mess. It would be nice if they would build bridges over these wet areas. The three MTB trails have potential. The rest of the park is nicely developed with wide paved trails, hiking trails, rustic pit toilets, ample parking.

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  • sissypants

    Short, easily affected by weather, and lacking character diversity and interesting trail features (i.e. minimal bench cutting and berms for a trail on a slope). Straightforward and not technically challenging. However, great views, a great place, and lots of wildlife. There are plenty of other trails for biking which are not specifically for MTB.

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  • Frego

    Great trail, love the flow on the new section. Overall great trail and well maintained.

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  • patternw

    Great trail! Surprisingly fun for such a low key spot, the Upper Mac is possibly one of the better options in West Michigan. Although it's a bit short (5ish miles/loop), you can bang out as many as you'd like quickly and easily. Throughout the trail, you can see how easily rain would make the trail not suitable for riding. It doesn't really have any nasty climbs, but the quick ascent/descent attitude throughout the trail makes it quite engaging. Worth the visit!

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  • cam_ker

    As of April 11, closed due to conditions... didnt get to ride

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