The Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail

CIS Trail Bridge

Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee Trail

PO Box 274

St. Johns, MI, 48879

Contact Us: cistrail@gmail.com

Voicemail: 989.224.8944 x 285


Friends of the Fred Meijer CIS Trail. All rights reserved.

Caution !

The trail is especially soft now due to the spring frost, so please be careful if you are riding a bike.


The Friends of the Fred Meijer CIS Trail is aware of the poor conditions of the limestone portion of the trail.  The board members of the Friends' Group are all avid users of the trail, and it is deeply disappointing to all of us, as it is to you.  We are working diligently, along with the Mid-West Michigan Trail Authority, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Transportation and County Road Commissions to determine the best course to follow to improve its condition. 

Trail is open to all non-motorized uses year round.


   Trail Length:  41.3 Miles

  Trail Surface:  12 ft, packed crushed limestone with 8 miles of asphalt in towns

Snowmobiles:   PROHIBITED

           Horses:   PROHIBITED


The Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail is a 41.3 mile, 12 ft. wide, packed crushed limestone, with 10 ft. wide asphalt surface in towns for a total of 8 miles of asphalt. It is non-motorized, non-equestrian, trail located in mid-Michigan in the counties of Clinton, Ionia and Shiawassee. It connects the communities of Ovid, St. Johns, Fowler, Pewamo and Muir/Lyons utilizing a former railroad corridor.


The trail parallels M-21 and traverses mostly rural areas and farming communities, but portions also run near Stoney Creek, Maple River and Grand River watersheds in Ionia County


The trail is owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) with the Mid-West Michigan Trail Authority and maintained by volunteers of the Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail.


The trail is part of the Midwest Regional Rail-Trail Network,  joining on the western end with the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail (Ionia to Lowell), the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Trail (Lowell to Greenville), and the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail (Greenville to Edmore to Alma) for a total of 125 miles.