Set on a 500-acre parcel bought by the City of Novi, the system combines dense hardwoods, open meadows, and an old tree nursery. An existing system of hike/ski trails has been supplemented by new technical singletrack created by the MMBA. Hunting is not permitted, making it an attractive choice in the fall.
The trail is blazed with yellow directional arrows and white "Mountain Bike Trail" placards. Most of the technical riding occurs in the first and last couple of miles.
More than anything, this trail needs RIDERS. Steady usage will smoothe and define the tread, AND keep the City of Novi from turning it into a GOLF COURSE. That option is being heavily promoted, and could easily happen if usage is low. SAVE A TRAIL-- RIDE NOVI!
From I-96, exit 162 (Novi Road), north on Novi Road 1.6 miles to traffic light at Old Novi Road, turn left. Proceed 0.1 mile to South Lake Shore Drive, turn left, then 0.4 mile to Lakeshore Park. Parking and trailhead are on left, beach on right. There is a gated 0.3-mile access road to the trailhead in the far left (southeast) corner of the main parking lot. Park in the main lot if gate is closed. At end of access road is a picnic shelter, portable toilet (in season) and trailhead sign with map.A second access, with parking, is planned along the southern boundary (12 Mile Road) in 1999, after completion of sewer project. This will be free.Access through Lakeshore Park is free for Novi residents, fee for non-residents between Memorial and Labor Days.
Summary: Been riding at Stony Creek for several years then found Novi Tree Farm this year - my God is it fun! Sure it is very tight in places but it is also very fun in places! Great place to introduce beginners at a slower pace as it doesn't have any big climbs. Great fun, really well maintained, nice layout and 10 miles long, plenty of wild animals to be seen.
A few spots could use better signage: the first is the "easy - most difficult" choice, if you take the "easy" option you immediately hit another "split" and there is no marker there. All ambiguity needs to be taken out, make it fun for the people riding there for the first time too.
I found if you follow the "most difficult" directions then it is very well signed.
Overall I love the place!!
Review Date July 16, 2012
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 3 of 5
Technical Difficulty 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Visitors rate this review 4.00 of 5,
Reviewed by: Shannon
Summary: Love it Love it Love it. If you ride it fast, you can get plenty of flow on this one and you are sure to test those front end skills with all the trees and technical fun on the advanced loops. It is not an aerobic trail, very few climbs or hills to pump on, but where there are it has a lot of fast rolling small drops and climbs. Mostly, I love it for the sense that at any moment you could wack a tree (and I often do!)... ride her fast and test your technical skills!
Other recommended trails in the same area: Milford trail and Island Lake. Pontiac of course.
Summary: This trail rips. I don't know what to say about all of those people saying it is 3/5. I can assure you they are not going fast enough. This trail has awesome flow, you can fly through it, but you do have to push yourself and learn the trail.
a good amount of technical features scattered about (big elevated skinny and lots of others, crater, 3 ft drop, probably the hardest public stuff your going to find in SE MI. Pump track is fun, I have no problem flying around it. I don't think it is too tight at all. It does need to be ridden more.
What it lacks in elevation it makes up for in built features and fast flowing single track you can really carve around on.
Recommended Route: The signs are easy enough to follow...
Other recommended trails in the same area: Holdridge, stony creek, highland, a2 dirt jumps, maybury state park
Summary: A great resource near Detroit in the City of Novi, just north of 12 Oaks Mall. Sure, there are better trails out there but the location is hard to beat. Tight, technical sections at the beginning and end of the 10 mile trail. Ignore prior reviews that complain about the signage, there's plenty of it and it's impossible to get lost here. A great place for a beginner, provided you skip the technical stuff for your first few rides.
On the down side, the course lacks the "flow" you find on other trails (Maybury, for instance). This is hard to describe, but you'll know what I mean when you ride it. The tight sections are difficult to build a rhythm and some of the less challenging sections are just plain boring. Overall, the course is too flat for my tastes and it's hard to build a real aerobic lather here. On the other hand, if you like tight, slow turns between trees you'll love this place.
Finally, watch out for joggers running in BOTH directions, many wearing headphones. I almost collided with one at a blind corner near a bridge and almost wound up in the drink!
Other recommended trails in the same area: Maybury, Island Lake
Summary: This trail is good for beginers. Saving grace is the few small log rides and the "bowl" at the end. The pump track is more like a BMX track for lawn gnomes, c'mon guys and gals get the spacing long enough to actually pump.