Biking the Musketawa Rail Trail – Day Trip

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Biking the Musketawa Trail from Raveanna to Conklin, Michigan – June 30, 2012

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The Musketawa is a 25 mile paved path that follow an old railroad corridor from Muskegon to Marne. I was looking for a nice section to take the kids on while mom was working for the day on Saturday. After reading my Rail-trails Book I chose the 5 mile section between Raveanna and Conklin. The 10 mile ride was a little longer than the kids normally ride, but I thought as long as we took a good rest in Conklin they would be alright. I also used ice cream from the Conklin Mini Market to help motivate them to keep pedaling.

Video of the highlights from the biking trip.

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Getting ready to go. The trail head in Raveanna has a nice big parking lot, a couple picnic tables and porta potty. It is located on the corner of Blackmer Rd and Crockery Creek Drive. (43.183901,-85.947002) Map >>

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Leaving Raveanna.

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This section of the Musketawa Trail goes mainly through farmland, but most of the way the trail is lined with trees and there were even a few shaded spots.

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After a couple miles Reid started to yell at us. We stopped to find out why and found that we were going to have to change a stinky pants trailside.

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In Conklin we took a break on the front porch of the Conklin Mini Market and ate ice cream and pop sickles. The store has a good selection of drinks, self serve ice cream cones and a small freezer full of other treats. They also have public restroom which is a bonus when traveling with little girls.

Map of this location >>

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Nap time in front of the Mini Market.

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About the only other thing in Conklin that looked interesting is Fenian’s Irish Pub. There is also a Musketawa Trailhead with a parking lot and porta potty.

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Crossing the bridge on the way back. All of the bridges along this section of the Musketawa Trail had an deck with benches for a rest stop.

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The bridge over the creek in Raveanna.

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Regan complained the whole way that she wanted to pull the Burley. We hooked to her bike for the last 1/4 mile…she probably will not be asking again.

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Back to the Raveanna water tower and the end of our ride on the Musketawa Trail. The trip took us around 2 hours to complete.


Find more trails like the Musketawa in: Rail-Trails Midwest Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin

 

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