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Leelanau County Bike Trails

There’s nothing better on a nice day in scenic Leelanau County than going for a bike ride. Whether a leisurely ride with family or friends or looking to get in a workout, there’s a ride for you!

Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge wants to help you have a blast during your stay and explore all that our beautiful area has to offer.

Here are some of our favorite bike trails in Leelanau Peninsula:

Leelanau TART Trail

Parking: There are four trailheads with parking:

      • 100 Cedar St., Suttons Bay, MI 49682
      • 11908 E. Fouch Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684
      • 9731 E. Cherry Bend Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684
      • 12702 S. Cedar Ln, Traverse City, MI 49682

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge:

      • 100 Cedar St—4 miles
      • 11908 E. Fouch Rd—16 miles
      • 9731 E. Cherry Bend Rd—17 miles
      • 12702 S. Cedar Ln—18 miles

Ideal Bikes: Road, mountain and e-bikes are all welcome on this trail.

This scenic 17-mile paved trail through Leelanau Peninsula connects Traverse City and Suttons Bay. It’s relatively flat (you may notice it’s a little slightly easier biking south to Traverse City) and takes you past beautiful scenery, including lakes, vineyards, orchards, farms, and woods—with plenty of food and drinks waiting for you at the end of your trip, in both TC and Suttons Bay!

Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail

Parking: 6900 S Dune Hwy. Empire, MI 49630

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: 30 miles

Ideal Bikes: Road, mountain and e-bikes are all welcome on this trail. However, there is a small section of gravel and small rocks, which may be best for bikes with wider tires.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail is a mostly paved multi-use path with a small gravel section in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. It passes through the world-famous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and goes through Empire and Glen Arbor.

45 North Vineyard Trail

Parking: 8580 E. Horn Rd, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: 5.7 miles

Ideal Bikes: This trail is ideal for mountain and fat tire bikes.

The 45 North Vineyard Trail is just a 3-mile loop but with its steep climbs and narrow sections, it’s perfect for a cyclist looking for a challenge. This trail has even been described as an XC World Cup style course. As the course takes you through the property of 45 North Winery and Vineyards, the scenic views of Leelanau County’s vineyards make it well worth the ride.

Leelanau State Park Winter Sports Trail

Parking: 15310 N. Lighthouse Point Rd., Northport, MI 49670

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: 17 miles

Ideal Bikes: This trail is ideal for mountain and fat tire bikes.

When there’s six inches of snow on the ground and it’s below 32 degrees, there’s still biking in Leelanau County! Bring your toughest bike and explore this groomed trail along the top of the peninsula

Palmer Woods Forest Reserve

Parking: 105 N. First St. Leland, MI 49654

Distance from Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge: 23 miles

Ideal Bikes: This trail is ideal for mountain and fat tire bikes.

Palmer Woods is a great place for mountain bikers looking for a fun and easy ride. This Leelanau bike trail area offers over 11 miles of mountain biking trail and has two trail loops.

Bring Your Bike and Book Your Stay in Leelanau County!

Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge is proud to be a part of Leelanau County’s beautiful community. Staying with us is sure to make your visit comfortable and exciting. What better way to spend your evening after a long day biking than enjoying food from Big Dex’s and playing at our casino with your favorite people.

Call Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge at (231) 534-8100 or book your room online.

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