All over the country, Detroit is being coined the "Comeback City". Don't believe it? Look no further than the Dequindre Cut Greenway. The former Grand Truck Railroad line now serves as a recreation pathway that provides pedestrians with a link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market, and many of the residential neighborhood in between. The 20-foot-wide pathway is not only wide enough for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, but allows enough space for you to walk your dog comfortably. With temperatures in the mid-30’s this past weekend, we decided to take the dogs and check it out.
The 1.15-mile greenway runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street. Entrance ramps are located at Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, and Woodbridge Street.
- Remember to bring extra poop bags. The pathway has bag dispensers at the beginning and end of the trail. If your dog is like mine – he will choose to go right in the middle of your walk (and middle of the path).
- The path is surrounded by trees, which are home to squirrels and birds. Don’t make the mistake of taking your dog off the leash, or you’ll spend your afternoon chasing him!
- If you want to avoid the traffic (both cars and humans) of the Riverfront, hop on the path at one of the other entrance ramps. There is street parking on St. Aubin – we chose the Lafayette entrance and had no issues.
- Although you may pick a sunny day, a lot of your walk will be underneath overpasses. This can make it dark and chilly – dress appropriately!
The chilly temperatures prevented us from exploring beyond the greenway, however, there is also the Dequindre Trail Extension, which connects the first section of the Dequindre Cut from Woodbridge Street to Atwater Street near Milliken State Park and the RiverWalk. Construction is currently in process to extend the pathway north from Gratiot Avenue to Mack Avenue.
WOULD WE RECOMMEND?
Yes! The Dequindre Cut is a fun place to spend a morning or afternoon. You'll enjoy artwork, breezes from the River, and best of all - your furry friend gets to come. While we wish there were more bag dispensers and clean up stations along the route, we would definitely recommend as a dog-friendly adventure.