Belle Isle Bicycle Trail

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Trail Distance: 6 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 49 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Belle Isle Bicycle Trail is a woofderful recreational trail that follows the perimeter of the 980+ acre Belle Isle Park, simply known as Belle Isle. The island is connected to mainland Detroit, Michigan via the Detroit Riverwalk across McArthur Bridge. Its 6+ miles of biking/walking trails will no doubt offer plenty of exercise for you and your canine. A myriad of paths and attractions populate the island, so a simple 2-hour hike on the trail can easily turn into a whole day of exploring on Belle Isle! With Belle Isle being the largest island park in the nation, the Belle Isle Bicycle Trail is no doubt a pawpular place to walk a dog.


Once you cross McArthur Bridge and enter Belle Isle, your hike will veer off to the right and continue for ruff-ly six miles around the entire park. The trail is a paved, multi-use trail shared between joggers, bikers, and dog-walkers, so be mindful of your whereabouts at all times—especially during busy sunset hours! It's important to keep your pup leashed at all times in order to avoid any car or bike accidents.

If you enjoy dog-friendly trails that feature plenty of things to do, then you will adore Belle Isle. Love to take the furkid to playgrounds or enjoy a picnic? There are numerous shady and sunny spots where you can enjoy a snack or watch the kids play about. Belle Isle's main attractions are namely the Whitcomb Conservatory, the Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, just to name a few. There's no shortage of activities on Belle Isle to enjoy with your canine companion.

Most of all, enjoy the sweeping views of the majestic Detroit River as you look over into Ontario, Canada. The Belle Isle Bicycle Trail offers several scenic lookout points, so make sure to visit them all! Remember to leave nothing but pawprints on this pawrific dog-friendly trail on Belle Isle! 

Trail Features
River, Urban
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Watch out for other joggers/cars/bikers as this trail lies immediately adjacent to the road. Bring your own dog supplies (i.e. water and waste bags).
Address
1 Riverbank Road
Detroit, MI 48207
Hours
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Address
1 Riverbank Road
Detroit, MI 48207
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours