It’s trail running season! If you’re anywhere near as excited as we are to get out there, you’ll love our collection of trail running gear, plus trails to try near all our store locations. Our staff shared their favorites to run and explore. So, go ahead, lace up those trail shoes and check out these treks. Need new trail shoes or gear first? We just happen to know a place that can help you with that!
Gear for Wherever the Trail Takes You
New to Trail Running?
Want to try trail running, but not exactly sure where to begin? Here's our guide on how to prep for your first trail running adventure. Learn about what to bring, what gear to consider and how to stay safe while learning to trail run. See our staff recommendations for beginner trails in Michigan.
Surrounded by nature and beautiful views, trail running is one of the best ways to get outside and get in a great workout. However, trail running has its own set of rules that help you and everyone else have fun and protect the trail!
Thinking of putting in some miles off road but not sure if you should make room in your closet for yet another pair of running shoes specifically for trails? Here are 3 big reasons for trail running shoes, why they are different than road running shoes and how to choose the right trail shoe for you.
Looking for trails?
Here are some of our favorites!
- Al Sabo Land Preserve - Take your pick of two trails: a 1.5 mile or a 2.2 mile if you’re feeling like you have a little more in ya!
- Portage Creek Bicentennial Park - Get in some extra distance on this scenic 8 mile trail along Portage Creek
- Aman Park - Discover a 2.3 mile trail for all levels, winding through the woods of Aman Park
- Crahen Valley Park - A GR hidden gem, this 3.1 mile loop winds through wilderness with varied terrain
- Provin Park - Up for a bit more challenging terrain? Try this scenic 2 mile trail through pine forest and sand dune
- Seidman Park - If you’re looking to go a little longer, this is a great choice with over 6 miles of trails through forest and wetland
- Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery - If you're up for a challenge, venture to the north end of this farm and hop on a 10k rugged trail complete with difficult climbs and plenty of turns. Afterward, you can toast to a job well done!
Luton Park - With 9 miles of trails total, and loops of varying distances and difficulty, this place is perfect for all levels of runners. Take an easy day or go all out!
Cannonsburg Ski Area - This place isn't just for skiers! Runners can enjoy 11 miles of twisty, turny, up and down trails covering a variety of terrain.
- Lakeshore Trail - Hop on this 20 mile paved trail that runs along Lakeshore Dr. from Holland State Park to Grand Haven State Park. Along the way, climb the stairs at Rosy Mound, or head a little further north to take on more than 10 miles of trails through Hoffmaster State Park. You’ll cover everything from lakeshore to dunes to woods!
Riley Trails - Check out this extensive trail system that winds through 300 acres of forest and rolling terrain.
Saugatuck Dunes State Park - Head a bit south and you'll discover 13 miles of trails that take you through forested areas and coastal dunes. You can even take a break on the beach or cool off in beautiful Lake Michigan!
- Linden Park and Quarton Lake Trail - Enjoy approximately 2.5 miles total on this peaceful, wooded, riverside path. Even better? Spot some artistic touches along the way
- River Bends Park - For a workout with a little more umph, check out this 8.5 mile trail of varied terrain and difficulty, with a few hills and beautiful scenery to boot
- Maybury State Park - Encompassing 944 acres of forest, meadows, and rolling terrain, this park is a local favorite with tons of trails to run
- Bennett Arboretum Trail - Take in the serene beauty surrounding this 2.8 mile trail that follows a river in Northville Recreation Area
Where to get started trail running?
Here are some of our favorite picks for easy,1-3 mile beginner trails near our store locations and you!