Burchfield has two distinct trail systems. One loop is for advanced cyclists, the other loop is for beginners and is shared by hikers. The beginner trail runs for about 5 miles and is almost all wide open and flat. The advanced trail is a little over 10 miles of mostly tight and twisty singletrack, with a little bit of the beginner trail thrown in. The advanced trail is a mind-numbing maze as it routes you up and down a number of ridges, rock piles, and man-made obstacles. Both trails are accessible by 3 trailheads at Burchfield Park, Riverbend Park, and McNamara Landing. Most locals park at Riverbend, as it is centrally located. Use the parking at Burchfield if you are interested in a swimming hole, grills, disc golf or canoeing to round out the day.
Trail Miles: 5 and 10.
Entry Fees (Burchfield trailhead only): Ingham County Resident: $3 daily $30 annual. Non-resident: $5 daily $40 annual.
881 Grovenburg Rd, Holt, MI 48842
On I-96, travel towards Lansing. Take exit 101 onto Martin Luther King Blvd. Turn south onto MLK (left if coming from the east and right if coming from the west). Only go about 1 block and turn left at the light on to Bishop Road. Stay on Bishop for about 6 blocks until it ends at Grovenburg Road. Turn right onto Grovenburg. Follow Grovenburg for about 4 miles and you will see the main Burchfield Park entrance on your right. Park here for a fee (and amenities as mentioned above), or continue to the Riverbend Trailhead. Stay on Grovenburg for 1 more mile until it ends at Nichols Road. Turn right and look for the Riverbend entrance on your right.
Approximate Travel Times:
From 28th Street in Grand Rapids: 60 minutes
From Kensington Road: 50 minutes
From Flint/Holly: 60/70 minutes
From Battle Creek (69 to 96): 60 minutes