Bike, Hike, or Walk

Burchfield Park & Riverbend Natural Area


Enjoy the wildlife and natural environment in the 540 acres of the Burchfield Park complex. Six miles of trails and hundreds of feet of boardwalk invite exploration of mature forests, fields in various stages of succession, a creek, a pond, wooded flood plains, and riparian habitat along the Grand River. Three trailheads provide access to the trail system; one at Burchfield Park proper, one at Riverbend Natural Area, and one at McNamara Landing. During the summer months, bicycles are permitted on the trails when trails are posted as open. In the winter, trails are groomed for cross-country skiing. Dogs are prohibited on groomed cross country ski trails in the winter. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Riverbend Natural Area.

Whether you are an advanced mountain biker or a novice with only a few rides under your belt, you will find that the Burchfield Mountain Bike Trails will satisfy all your needs! Burchfield Park offers mountain biking patrons a wide variety of trails. Whether you like to ride along at a relatively slow pace, taking in the scenery; or you like tight, obstacle cluttered advanced trails, our mountain biking trails are for you. Bring your own bike. Bike riders of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to ride the trails at Burchfield Park. Dogs are prohibited on mountain bike trails.

The Michigan Mountain Biking Association has partnered with the Ingham County Parks to develop and maintain the mountain biking trails that run through Burchfield Park and Riverbend Natural Area.

Burchfield Park Maps
Burchfield Park Summer Trail Map
Burchfield Park Winter Trail Map

Hawk Island Park
Enjoy the 12 foot wide, paved, non-motorized pathway encircling the Hawk Island Lake. The paved pathway around the lake is 1.5 miles long. This trail joins the main Lansing River Trail at Potter Park by way of the River Trail South spur, providing safe, convenient access to the park for pedestrians, bicyclists and rollerbladers from Lansing and East Lansing. The Hawk Island Park trail connects with Scott Woods Park (City of Lansing Park), home to 100 acres of spectacular forest with unpaved trails for walking. The Hawk Island trail is now an integral part of the Lansing River Trail, which winds its way through beautiful natural areas along the Sycamore Creek to the Red Cedar River as you approach Potter Park. The paved path connecting Hawk Island Park to the Scott Woods Park parking lot is 2,550' long and the side path connecting that path to Williard Street is 1,261' long. The paved pathways are kept snow free throughout the winter months too.

Bike riders may bike the 1.5 mile paved pathway around the Hawk Island lake and into Scott Woods. Please be sure to walk your bike on the sidewalk in front of the beach. Bring your own bike and catch the Lansing River Trail for a good long ride! 

Hawk Island Map
Hawk Island Facility Map

Lake Lansing Park North
Visit the wildlife and natural environment located at this 410-acre park area. Lake Lansing Park North has approximately five miles of trails which wind through a surprisingly secluded area on the outskirts of the Lansing Metropolitan area. A 2.4 mile loop of the trail system is marked with interpretive signs for easy accessibility. Trails and boardwalks provide access to evergreen forests, swamp, marsh, deciduous forest and fields in various stages of succession. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the trails. Dogs are allowed on the trails and must be kept on a leash no greater than 6' in length (dogs are not allowed on trails in the winter when ski trails are open).

Lake Lansing Park North Map
Lake Lansing Park North Hiking Guide

Bikes are not allowed on the trails at Lake Lansing North.

Lake Lansing Park South
Tricycle Track
At Lake Lansing Park South, bike along a track with a big wheel tricycle! Available for children, must be less than 42" to ride the bike track. Tricycles are provided free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Lansing River Trail
Hiking & Biking
Bring your running shoes, bicycles or roller blades and jump on the Lansing River Trail. Head north to enjoy the sites of downtown Lansing or look to the east for a route that will lead you through beautiful natural areas on your way to Michigan State University campus. For more information on the River Trail contact the City of Lansing Parks & Recreation by calling 517-483-4277 or by visiting

View information on flood status on the Lansing River Trail.

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