Betsie Valley Trail

Why it’s great for the first time hiker & biker…

The Betsie Valley Trail is ideal for the first time hiker & biker because of its fairly flat terrain and access to communities along a 10+ mile paved trail network.  This is perfect for an afternoon walk or bike ride with the entire family (small kids included)!

The majority of the Betsie Valley Trial was built on the old Ann Arbor Railroad. Few hills, several parking options, restrooms, and vehicle spotting for hikers or bikers is available through the Benzie Transportation Authority – Benzie Bus.

Best segment(s) for a 2 hours or less hike

Go to that point, and enjoy! 🙂

Trail Description

The Betsie Valley Trail is 22 miles long and extends from Frankfort through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville in Benzie County Michigan (see Trail Map for a map and Trail Tour for a description of the trail, with segment mileages). From Frankfort to Beulah it is non-motorized. All of it is excellent for bicycles and pedestrian use. The 6 miles from Frankfort to Mollineaux Rd. is asphalt and is good for roller blading. From Beulah to Thompsonville (13 miles) the compacted aggregate trail is open to snowmobiles from December through March. Pets are permitted on most parts of the Trail as long as they are on a leash and under control (see Section 4.02 of the Trail Ordinance). Pets (except leader dogs) are not permitted on the portion of the Trail between Mollineaux Road and Beulah (see Section 7.02 of the Trail Ordinance).

Difficulty: Beginner

Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Pavement/Hard Pack Surface
  • Benches along the route
  • Non-Motorized only
  • Restrooms at some trailheads

Trailhead Locations

Trailhead - Elberta

Trailhead - Downtown Frankfort

Trailhead - Parking Lot

Trailhead - M115

Trailhead - Beulah


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