Swedetown Recreation Area has more than 25 miles of purpose-built single track mountain bike trails with maps and trail markers. There are some two-tracks good for riding as well. Besides mountain biking, this trail system is enjoyed for nature hikes, dog walking and trail running.The main trailhead is on Osceola Road in Calumet, look for the big welcome sign at the start of the driveway. You will find parking here. During biking season, the Swedetown Chalet lower level is open for cyclists and hikers, with restrooms and drinking water. There is another trailhead on Spruce Street in Calumet and a trailhead on M-203, watch for big sign near Cloverland Road.
There is no required membership fee for summer biking and hiking but donations to support trail improvement are very welcome. Suggested amount is $5 for a weekend, $25 to be a full-season supporter.
Thank you all volunteers who have adopted a trail! Says a volunteer “I love going out and walking the trail I’ve adopted to make sure it is in top-notch conditions for riders.”
We do have some orphan trails this year that need adopting. This means visiting every few weeks to check for leaning trees, encroaching brush or ivy, trimming back tickly ferns and raking slippery leaves off the tread. We have equipment and can show you how to use it. More details in our Trail Elf Guide. If you are available to help keep the trails in shape and want to adopt a trail for the summer, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Swedetown File photo)