See Michigan’s Little Bavaria by bike — on paths that’ll lead you to iconic sights (and a lot of unwritten adventures).
Frankenmuth is about as bike-friendly as they come — with safe, scenic paths, paved and unpaved trails — all making for some pretty incredible views of Michigan’s German town and the rural farmlands that surround.
From paths with panoramic river vistas to deep-woven rail trails and networked trail systems nearby, you’ll cover plenty of ground on two wheels here.
Visit the Holz-Brücke Wooden Bridge to see a bike station complete with a map, repair stand, and benches.
Discover some of the top places for biking in (and around) Frankenmuth.
Best Bike Paths in Frankenmuth
Ride the Riverwalk — an almost-mile-long loop that winds around Heritage Park and along the waterfront. (Comfortable benches, restrooms, and drinking fountains along the way add to this path’s appeal.) Try the Gunzenhausen Street walkway, too, for a path closed to motorized traffic (plus platforms and overlooks for over-the-top views of the Cass River).
Best Roads for Biking in Frankenmuth
Rather go road biking in Frankenmuth? Just look for the striped bike lanes on some of our city streets: Genesee Street, Tuscola Street, Mayer Road, Churchgrove Road, and Schleier Street. Tighten down that helmet, and pedal on!
Pedal With Your Pals
Think biking with a twist...ale around town on the PedAle Trolley. This 16-person pedal-powered trolley is a fun way to explore Frankenmuth and get some light exercise and fresh air too! Choose from varied two-hour tours: Pub Crawl, River Ride, Main Street Mixer, Attraction Trek and more. Sit. Smile. Pedale for awhile. Visit pedaletrolley.com to book a tour. For private tours including parties, weddings and team building, call 989-262-8300.
State & National Bike Route Access
A handful of popular long-distance cycling routes wind through Frankenmuth: U.S. Bike Route 20 (300 miles from Marine City to Ludington); Iron Belle Trail (2,000 miles circling the State of Michigan); and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail (100 miles of trail networks through Bay, Midland, and Saginaw Counties). Just three more excuses for a stop in Frankenmuth!
Bike Events in Frankenmuth
In August 2020, it’s wheels down in German town for the Frankenmuth Fondo — a cycling race with 25k, 50k, and 100k options.
Rail Trails and Bike Paths Near Frankenmuth
Old railroad corridors? Turns out they make for even better bike paths — and we have plenty you can test your treads on. They’re perfect for families looking to get active outdoors in Frankenmuth, and they offer up prime views of local birds and wildlife with every ride!
Saginaw Valley Rail Trail
A tree-lined, 11-mile paved path from Saginaw to St. Charles, featuring wildflowers and scenic stops.
Harger Line Trail
A paved 10-mile trail through rural farmland in Saginaw County featuring five bridges spanning local creeks.