Alpena Bi-Path

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing

  • Length: 23.63 mi
  • Surface: Paved, Natural
  • Terrain: Flat
  • Groomed: Yes
  • Organization: City of Alpena
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  • Local Tourism Bureau:
  • Nearby Town: Alpena
  • Alpena is a true trail town - all areas of the city can be accessed by the Bi-Path and trailheads/parking lots are provided at regular intervals.

The Alpena Bi-Path is a beautiful city-wide paved pathway accommodating both walking and biking. It’s a great way to see the City of Alpena and all the great things it has to offer. The Bi- Path connects almost every park in the City as well as many of the other attractions including the Besser Museum, Thunder Bay Recreation Center, Marina, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and many more. Many of the parks throughout the city provide great spots to park a car and head out on the trail by foot or bike. Shipwreck buoys area viewable from the Maritime Heritage Trail (part of the Bi-Path system).

Included within the Alpena Bi-Path system is Island Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, a 17 acre Island jewel surrounded by the Thunder Bay River which winds through 500 acres of back waters, low islands and waterfowl. The island is located in the heart of the City of Alpena, accessible from US 23.  Although once allowed, motorized vehicles have been prohibited for years. Several footpaths along the island’s perimeter and the interior lead joggers, walkers, photographers, fishermen, nature lovers through varied eco systems including sand dunes, meadows, woodlands, gentle slopes, marsh areas. Viewing platforms are handicapped-accessible. Go to for maps!


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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