At Island Lake State Recreation Area there are 2 trails, a 7-mile beginner oriented route and a 5-mile loop that is more challenging.
The harder loop has a nice scenic view of the Huron River. The trails are clearly marked and a large map is posted at the start of the trail. Note: these trails are one-way, closed-loop, singletrack that can be ridden as two separate loops, or as one long loop. Terrain is mostly flat with rolling grasslands and some moderate gradual climbs. Weekends can be very crowded but completely empty during the weekdays. For the advanced rider, speed will be the lure as there are few technically challenging areas. The yellow trail is more technical, but not overly challenging. The Blue trail is mostly flat with a couple of hills that will require short high powered burst to climb.
How to get there:
Take I-75 to I-696 and head West. I-696 turns into I-96 at the I-275 interchange (stay in the left lane). Continue on I-96 West for about 15 miles to the Kensington Road exit(exit 151). Exit onto Kensington Road heading South. Pass the light at Grand River and the park entrance is 1/4 mile on left. Turn right after the entrance booth and Follow the road to the parking area.
Take US-23 to I-96 and head East for 3.3 miles to the Kensington Road exit (exit 151). Exit onto Kensington Road heading South, Pass the light at Grand River and the park entrance is 1/4 mile on left. Turn right after the entrance booth and Follow the road to the parking area.
There is a water pump in the parking area for filling bottles, and outhouses throughout the park.