Saginaw Valley Rail Trail
Trail Guide (Printable)
The Saginaw Valley Rail Trail covers 9.55 miles of abandoned rail corridor in Saginaw County, stretching from St. Charles to Saginaw. It incorporates a number of natural features including: seven bridges over various rivers and creeks, The Shiawassee State Game Area and many wetland areas. The Rail Trail also offers an equestrian trail, trail shelters, restroom facilities at the Van Wormer parking lot, viewing platforms and benches.
Designed for various recreational uses, the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail provides:
- Safe, quiet places for hiking, bicycling, jogging, walking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and nature study.
- Safe, handicap accessible transportation for all ages.
- A linear, county park open to the public all year.
- A unique way of experiencing the landscape, without using fossil fuel or endangering the environment.
- Economic benefits as a tourist destination.
- Preservation of transportation corridors.
- Shelter for wildlife
- Protection for rare plants
- A sense of history, with old railroad relics and memories
How do I get to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail?
There are three parking facilities for the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail. These areas are located on Stroebel Rd. and Van Wormer Rd. in James Township and at Lumberjack Park on Water St. in St. Charles.
Directions to Stroebel Road parking lot (6225 Stroebel Road)
Travel M-46 to Center Rd. Turn South (left on to Center Rd). Take Stroebel Road right (west) just after you cross the Tittabawassee River. The parking lot will be on your right (south) a few miles down.
Directions to Van Wormer parking lot (2998 Van Wormer)
Travel M-52 to Swan Creek Rd. Turn East. Travel Swan Creek Rd until you see a yellow blinking light over the road (the light warns you of the trail crossing the road). Turn North (left) on to Van Wormer Rd. and then Turn West (left) into the parking lot
Travel M-46 to Center Rd. Turn South (left) on to Center Rd. Center Rd will curve to the west turning into Swan Creek Rd. Follow Swan Creek Rd to Van Wormer Rd. Turn North (right) on Van Wormer Rd. then turn West (left) into the parking lot.
Directions to the parking lot at Lumberjack Park (401 East Water Street)
From the North:
Travel M-52 (South) through the Village of St. Charles. At Water St. turn left. (if you make it to the stop light you have gone to far) Follow Water St. the parking lot is on the left hand side of the road.
From the South:
Travel M-52 (North) to the Village of St. Charles. At the stop light turn left to follow M-52 then turn right on to Water St. Follow Water St. the parking lot is on the left hand side of the road.