Rockford Brewing Co.
Rockford Brewing (click for website) is probably the most popular cyclist destination on the White Pine Trail. We recommend this ride if you have a few hours, as the brewery is a pretty great halfway point. Rockford is also a cute village to explore and is very popular on summertime weekends.
Street address: 12 E. Bridge St. Rockford, MI 49341 (Click for Google Maps link)
~12.5 miles (one way)
Generally level. Most riding on wooden and paved trails, and about 1 mile of on-road bike lane.
Unlock your bike from the rack, get your helmet on. You'll be riding in the road for this route, so review your hand signals and turn on those lights!
Head towards the river and the historic Sixth Street Bridge and either turn right/north on Monroe Ave. in the bike lanes, or go to the paved River Edges trail, which is just before the bridge.
You'll stay on Monroe or the trail for about half a mile, to Leonard Street. There’s a little jog where Monroe curves to the right, and you need to turn left at the light (Monroe/Ottawa/Coldbrook) to stay on Monroe.
If you’re on the trail at Leonard, turn right/east and ride slowly on the sidewalk just a few feet to the Monroe Avenue light. You'll be heading to the left/north at Monroe. Cross both streets to get to the northeast corner of the intersection. If you’ve been on Monroe, keep on riding as you were!
Hop into the bike lane and ride north on Monroe 1 mile. Take care at the Ann Street light, which can have some traffic. Continue straight past Ann Street to the roundabout at Knapp Street.
At the roundabout, Riverside Park is ahead and to the left. In Riverside Park, continue north on the White Pine Trail all the way through the park to its extreme north end, about 2 miles. At the north end, you will exit the park near a highway underpass (I-96). The next street is North Park St.
At North Park you can cross the street to cross the bridge over the Grand River on its north side. If you don't want to cross the street, that's OK too, you can cross the bridge on the south side and use the underpass on the far bank.
Cross the bridge to the left. You'll want to be on the path on the north side of the street. If you're on the south side, you can turn left on the far bank of the river and head down (careful with the grade! we suggest walking your bike) to the underpass to get to the other side of the road. Once you've gone under the bridge, follow the path around to the left and you'll end up on the sidewalk/multi-use path on the north side). This is the White Pine Trail.
Continue along the trail until just before the highway underpass. Hang a RIGHT to stay on the White Pine trail. (If you miss this you can also turn right on Mill Creek St. up ahead for an extension of the White Pine Trail that goes through the "downtown" area of Comstock Park. Regardless of which way you go, after a couple miles you'll be at the entrance drive "Ballpark Drive" to the Fifth Third Ballpark (you'll have passed the ballpark at this point). To your right you'll see a go-kart track & batting cage. To your left you'll see an intersection with a stoplight.
Continue straight on the trail. Everything's basically a straight shot from here. Ahead, you'll have a few road crossings - some busier than others. Follow the signs, watch for cars, use your bells as you're passing people. The White Pine is a wonderful trail and used by many!
Ballpark Drive: ~5.0 miles from racks
Bridge over West River Drive: 7.5 miles from racks
Belmont Ave. trailhead: ~8.5 miles from racks
Rockford Brewing! 12.5 miles from racks
You've basically arrived once you cross the bridge over the Rogue River, and under the 10 Mile Road underpass.
Look for the racks ahead on the right side of the trail. The brewery & its outdoor seating is on the left.
Lock your bike up on the rack and enjoy a beer with that awesome GR Bike Rentals discount of yours! When we stop at Rockford Brewing we typically enjoy a delicious soft pretzel or some of the awesome hand-cut fries with a beer.
NOTE: If you go a little bit overboard at Rockford - it happens - remember, you have time to spare to sober up! Take your time. Have some food. If you're not comfortable getting back on your bike, don't do it! Wait until your head has cleared before riding back. Drink some water. Explore beautiful downtown Rockford. Remember, buzzed biking is drunk biking, and just as dangerous as drunk driving!