Novi Tree Farm - Trail, Novi, Michigan

Novi Tree Farm - Trail, Novi, Michigan

DESCRIPTION

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!

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 12, 2012]
Paul McCarville
Weekend Warrior

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!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 16, 2012]
Shannon
Weekend Warrior

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!

Similar Products Used:

Milford trail and Island Lake. Pontiac of course.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 22, 2009]
BigClunke
Downhiller

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.

Customer Service

The signs are easy enough to follow...

Similar Products Used:

Holdridge, stony creek, highland, a2 dirt jumps, maybury state park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 14, 2009]
car_auctioneer
Cross Country Rider

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!

Similar Products Used:

Maybury, Island Lake

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 11, 2008]
murderface
Weekend Warrior

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.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
[May 26, 2008]
RockyMD
Weekend Warrior

Singletrack. Compact dirt with some pine needles. No sand. Wooden bridges and paths for the wet areas to keep you dry. From what I could tell by reading the old reviews, the MMBA has really stepped up and made this a quality place to ride. There are mile signs, maps, and markings throughout the 10 miles of terrain. Very well marked. I just got back from a week in Albuquerque, NM and I can say I'm thankful for the balance of uphills and downhills in most Michigan trails--this one especially. There's not many technical climbs or descents, but there are many log piles and trunks to keep a rider interested.

Customer Service

Follow the road into the park all the way back. The intermediate trail is one way. Don't hop on the singletrack to the left of the entrance, since that is the end of the course. Follow the signs in and bear right when directed. You can't get lost here anymore.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 06, 2007]
Jon Salamon
Racer

Its been quite a while since i have been out hitting some good trails..the last one i rode was at potawotami in pinckney and i have to say thank god i didnt take my girlfriend there for her first time...This trail has it all..tight turns, scenery, a few jumps up and downhills and some flatlands..best of all , as soon as you get on your bike you are almost immediately in the trails..not the most advanced track, but if you want to really move through the trails, you should have some sense of what your doing.!! i would recommend this trail to everyone who wants to have a good time and a decent workout.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 16, 2005]
eman2
Cross Country Rider

This is s great trail -- Milage is up to 10 miles now, new signage has been added and most of the areas of the trail that were 2-way traffic are now 1-way. The trail is one of the best marked ones in the area -- look for the yellow arrows. A lot has gone into make this is great trail. Nothing is too techinical about it, the trail is tight, with tight turns, a few log ramps, the Crater, a few rock gardens. Check it out -- it will help your handling skills and give your lungs a great workout if you push yourself.

Customer Service

Take the Novi road exit from I-96, go north -- take a left at the 4th stoplight ( i forgot the name of the road.) Once on that road take it to Lakeshore drive (first stop light) -- Turn left on Lakeshore (the Lakeshore grill will be on your right) --- Take lakeshore drive maybe a 0.5 half mile and the park entrance will be on the left. You will have to pay to park from May 31 to Labor day, but if you come after 6p.m. then there should be no attendant on duty.

Similar Products Used:

pontiac lake, highland, pickney rec

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 06, 2005]
Pinoy_Rider
Weekend Warrior

Trail was better than the last time we were there (I forgot when) but still it NEEDS MORE SIGN!!! Plus you have to pay $4 everytime you go there for being not a State Park .

Similar Products Used:

Island lake, Pontiac trail and Maybury trail can be good alteratives

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 21, 2004]
mhb3939
Cross Country Rider

WOW, they can not pack any more trail in there! It's not a XC trail and it's POORLY marked. I had fun riding the trail, but would not take it as a training ride. The trail is more turns and tight fitting between trees then anything.... The trail came to an end a few times due to const. in the area. I can see a rider getting lost and coming down the wrong way, so keep your eye out for other riders that might have taken a wrong turn (many of about 50)and coming right towards you. As I said, it is marked really poorly and is more of a BMX trail then a XC trail. It was fun to ride though and if you have never been there check it out..

Customer Service

Pont.

Similar Products Used:

Island lake is down the street if you didnt get your fill...!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
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