White Pine Rail Trail
The White Pine Rail Trail is one of Michigan’s longest rail-to-trail linear state park, spanning 92 miles connecting Grand Rapids to Cadillac. It has been named as one of the “Top 100 Rails-to-Trails” in the US as determined by the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy!
This trail crosses 5 counties and 14 open deck bridges, the longest one measuring 319 feet spanning the Muskegon River. In Cadillac, the White Pine Trail connects to a larger local trail system that encircles our lakes and connects our communities.
*Temporary Closure to the South - Howard City to Big Rapids*
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park is temporarily closed while improvements are made to 21 miles of the trail from Howard City north to Big Rapids. The closure is expected to last until November 2023.
SEASONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAIL…
Hiking & Biking
During Spring, Summer and Fall the trail offers scenic foliage, fantastic rails to trails terrain, and unique communities along the route. The trail is paved making it a great beginner trail for both walking and biking. There are benches and restrooms along the trail.
Looking for a longer trek? This out and back trail leads south 11.7 miles to the city of Tustin.
Winter Sports Trail
The trail is open to skiing in the winter months, and is also a trail for snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is permitted from Cadillac south to the Russel Road staging area in Cedar Springs. In order to protect the pavement on some sections of this trail, snowmobiling is only allowed when the snow base reaches a minimum of 6″.
Trailhead at Cadillac Commons
The White Pine Trailhead extension is the newest addition to the Cadillac Commons. Completed in the Fall of 2022, this ADA accessible space finally gives the northern most anchor point of this 92-mile long linear state park trail a distinct footprint. The trailhead includes a bike repair station, bike racks, benches, a drinking fountain, picnic tables, garbage receptacles and information kiosks.