Arcadia Dunes: Camp Trails
Dry Hill, a nearly 10-mile loop, was designed by mountain bikers as an intermediate run of quick rolling hills and numerous long uphill sections. In contrast, Camp Trails is a ride of only 3.7 miles and is laid out over fairly level terrain, making it much more appealing to those just getting into off-road cycling. Both are multi-use trails enjoyed by hikers much of the year and snowshoers in the winter.
Camp Trails were built in 2014 with volunteer help from the trail's namesake Christian camp, Camp Arcadia. Located near the town of Arcadia, the camp was founded in 1922 when local lumber baron and dedicated Lutheran Henry Starke donated the land along Lake Michigan so families could enjoy “vacations with God.”
Today, Camp Arcadia is owned by the Lutheran Camp Association and offers a wide range of activities from spring through fall, including mountain biking outings in Arcadia Dunes-C.S. Mott Nature Preserve, just 3 miles away.
The 3.7-mile ride is an easy, non-technical outing through forests, open fields and old orchards but includes backtracking between the trailhead and a small loop. You can avoid doubling back through Abby’s Woods and shortening the ride to 3 miles by following St. Pierre Road for a quarter mile back to the trailhead at the end.
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