The 45.8-mile Fred Meijer Heartland trail travels through a serene landscape of picturesque natural areas and fertile farm country. It's one of Michigan's most scenic trails. You'll enjoy every inch of it. We promise.
Greenville to Edmore
We began our journey at the parking area on M-91 in Greenville. From there, this nicely maintained paved trail travels northeasterly 25.8 miles to Edmore. As you travel north past the potato barns, the trail becomes a bike lane along Peck Road for about a mile until it reconnects with the established trail and crosses a bridge over Dickerson Creek. The section from Sidney to Stanton passes through the Stanton State Game Area and crosses Fish Creek Bridge, a historic steel truss structure built in 1887.
From Stanton to Edmore, you travel past the village of McBride and a series of woodlands, meadows and lots of potato farms. The village of Edmore boast a nicely developed trailhead on Forrest Street (3 blocks south of Main Street off 5th Street). The trailhead is close to several restaurants, convenience stores, lodging, the Old Fence Rider Museum, and the downtown shopping area.
Edmore to Alma
The 20-mile section of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail from Edmore to Alma is smooth and fast. The trail east of Edmore descends on a slight grade to the Village of Cedar Lake, and then on to Vestaburg, passing over Wolf Creek and through the Vestaburg State Game Area with nice views of an expansive series of wetlands. As you ride through Riverdale, you cross a bridge over the Pine River and witness a change in scenery as the trail races past wide expanses of corn, bean and wheat fields. When you reach Elwell, you'll discover a towering grain elevator that once served the busy rail line.
As you enter the City of Alma, the trail weaves its way through the campus of Alma College and crosses the Pine River once again, ending at Riverside Park, just south of downtown Alma (on State Street). The City of Alma boasts a vibrant Main Street with several restaurants, stores, a bike shop and nearby lodging.