Thursday, February 23, 2017
Isabella County Parks & Recreation

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

Recreational Activities

  • hiking
  • bicycling
  • in-line skating
  • cross country skiing
  • no motorized vehicles allowed

Open All Year
Located along Business US-10 East of Clare
Trailhead at Loomis

For reservations and information:
Call the Parks Main Office (989) 317-4083
Seasonal (989) 772-2879
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Directions to Loomis Trailhead.
Rail-Trail map.
Interactive aerial map - DSL/Cable Connections or faster required
Information on the Rail-Trail and events on the Rail Trail.

Park Information

Rail-Trail Etiquette

  • Keep right except to pass
  • Alert others when passing by using voice or bell
  • Yield to slower traffic
  • Always travel at safe speeds
  • Don't block the trail
  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Please help keep the trail clean
  • Helmets are suggest for your safety
  • No motorized vehicles allowed
  • 8.25 miles of paved trail
  • links to Midland Rail-Trail offering 30 miles of paved trail

The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail follows the Midland to Clare route of the old Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad. This railroad once moved timber to the sawmills and supplies to the thriving logging industry that existed during the last century and before.

This Trail is one of Michigan's best known, offering a well maintained, hard surface for walking, jogging, biking, in-line skating...just about any mode of non-motorized transportation.

It's a traffic-free, handicap accessible, safe and convenient park for participants of all ages! Parking areas, restrooms, and other facilities are well situated along its route.

Improved Pere Marquette Rail Trail

August 2016

The entire Isabella County section of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail has been sealcoated to maintain a smooth surface of the trail. It looks great and is ready for you to bring out your bikes and ride! In 2014 2.36 miles were improved and in August of 2016 the remaining 6.25 miles and the trail head parking lot were sealcoated. In addition to this work, the Rail Trail was edged and cracks filled prior to the sealcoat. This project was made possible through the Parks Capital Improvements Fund and the Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.