Length: 11.1 miles
Trail end points: White Lake Dr. and Cogswell Ave. (Whitehall) and West Guiles Road at Whitehall Road (North Muskegon)
The Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail is situated between two natural treasures: Lake Michigan to the west and the Manistee National Forest to the east. The pathway, built on an inactive section of the Chicago and West Michigan Railroad, provides an important connection between the communities of Muskegon, Fruitland, Dalton and Whitehall.
Midway along, just north of Riley-Thompson Road, the sights and sounds will become quite different than the rest of the trail. Here, the Shivering Timbers roller coaster, one of many rides at Michigan’s Adventure, the largest amusement park in the state, towers over the trail, so you might hear the rumble of the high-speed cars on its wooden tracks and the screaming of thrill-seekers for a short while. The rest of the trail will take you through peaceful forests and occasional meadows. The trail connects to the Muskegon Lakeshore Trail at its southern end.
At White Lake Drive, the trail meets with the White Lake Pathway that continues about 3 miles north through Whitehall and, in turn, connects to the Hart-Montague Trail.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the southern trailhead from the south, take US 31 northbound, exiting left to North Muskegon (Exit 116). Keep right on State Route 120 north for 1.4 miles. Continue straight on Whitehall Road for 3.3 miles to McMillan Road. Turn right on McMillan Road and continue 0.3 miles to parking and the trailhead.
To reach the northern trailhead from the north, take US 31 southbound to White Lake Drive (Exit 126). Turn right (west) onto White Lake Drive and continue 2.1 miles to the trail crossing.
Parking is available at the newly redesigned Veterans Memorial Park on M-120 located between the roadways on the median (left turn). There are no restrooms or water fountains here however. Alternative parking can be found one mile north at 1206 Whitehall Road (First Evangelical Lutheran Church).