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Old 07-01-11, 12:45 PM
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Ludington, MI to Ada, (Forest Hills)MI.

I am beginning to think of a tour from west central WI to Ada, MI. Ada is east of Grand Rapids.

I would be entering MI via ferry at Ludington. My question is about a safe route as well as recommendation for a campground in between. By road it is about 108 miles, so I would like to travel no more than 70 miles on one day to the campground.

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Would you prefer roads or dedicated trails? If you're interested in rail-trails, there are some good options for parts of your trip (Michigan currently leads the country in rail-trail miles). Here's a map that shows the possibilities: https://www.westmichigantrails.com/mapsMain.html

For a sacrifice of some extra distance, you could head east from Ludington to Reed City and hop on the White Pine Trail (#21 on the map), which is a very nice route. Be aware that portions of it are currently unpaved; I'm not sure how extensive the paving is (I rode a section north of Sand Lake last week that hasn't been paved yet), though funding has been procured for paving the entire length. I'd recommend hopping off the trail in Rockford to keep going south when the trail turns to the southwest.

Another excellent resource for Michigan route information is the MDOT bicycling page - check out the Grand Region map for a very detailed look at MDOT-recommended routes.

I don't have any campground recommendations; I'd recommend looking for state-run parks on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources site.

Hope this helps - I don't have any touring experience, but as a Grand Rapids resident I have had a chance to explore some of the state's bicycling facilities.
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Another option may be staying along side Lake Michigan then heading over to the Hart-Montague, Berry Junction, Laketon, and Musketawa trails. That gets you close to Ada. Ludington and Pentwater are cool little towns to spend time in. I spent last weekend there. If you want to stay at a Michigan State Park, you'll want to make a camping reservation in advance.
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Thanks so much CS. I appreciate the time you offered me. Ride safely.
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News and updates on some of the trails I'd mentioned.
https://www.mlive.com/outdoors/index....to_open_n.html
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