Dequindre Cut Greenway


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Dequindre Cut Greenway Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Wayne
Length: 1.8 miles
Trail end points: Mack Avenue and Atwater Street
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016133
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Dequindre Cut Greenway Description

The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a paved path nearly 2 miles long in downtown Detroit. The trail has separate lanes for cyclists and pedestrians and you'll find entrance ramps at Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, and Woodbridge Street.

The trail is called the “Cut” because it’s a wide trench that was sunk 25 feet below street level in the 1920s by the Grand Trunk Railroad to avoid foot and vehicle traffic, which continued overhead unimpeded on more than a dozen bridges. In the early-to-mid 1980s, when passenger and freight service was discontinued on the line, the corridor sat vacant and its bridge abutments became covered with graffiti. When the corridor opened as a trail in 2009, the colorful urban art was left and the graffiti murals are now one of its most-loved features.

At the trail’s southern end lies the Detroit River, a key part of the Great Lakes system and an international border; across the water is the City of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Near Atwater Street, an easy connection can be made to the Detroit RiverWalk, which follows the river and links Milliken State Park, numerous plazas and pocket parks, and the Renaissance Center (a shopping, dining, lodging, and entertainment complex).

At its northern end is Eastern Market, a commercial district centered around a popular six-block farmers market (open Saturdays) that has been in operation since 1891.

Parking and Trail Access

Free parking is available at Rivard Plaza (1340 Atwater Street) near the trail's southern end. From the parking lot, take the Detroit Riverwalk east one block to the Dequindre Cut Greenway. Parking is also available along the side streets in the neighborhood but obey any parking restrictions.

Dequindre Cut Greenway Reviews

Nice extension to make on your Riverfront ride to Belle Isle. From Atwater you just go two blocks inland then a few blocks south into the city and your at the cut. Great views of the city and

Parking at the Eastern Market is plentiful. Hop onto your bike or take a short walk by the Dequindre Cut to all that the riverfront has to offer, great restaurants at the Renaissance Center, picnic areas, Outdoor Rec Center, parks with outdoor seating, water parks for kids etc. Don't miss it.

The second leg of the Dequindre Cut is now open. The cut runs from the Detroit River to the northern edge of the Eastern Market. Well maintained and secure, this is a great path for walking, jogging, and cycling.


I recently was in Detroit for business, and came across this area. I have to say the art work is spectacular and an amazing idea and an amazing way to showcase some amazing street art talent. Good for you Detroit.

Short but great trail. We drove and parked in the garage at Eastern Market. From there, rode to the Cut, down to River Walk. From there headed north and rode around Belle Isle. Then back for the entire River Walk, and back to the cut. This was a great ride and the cut was very cool. We did this on a Saturday. No issues, safe ride. Great way to see some of the city. So eventhow this is a short trail, you can make it into a long ride.

But only a mile?

Really great that they left the graffiti art in place, rather than destroying it as has just been done at 5 Points here in NYC.

Extending the trail to Royal Oak (as marcosresto suggests) would be rather difficult as the line is actually used by Amtrak north of Milwaukee Junction (between Clay St. and E. Grand Blvd.) and for freight service at least as far south as E. Ferry Ave. or Farnsworth St. Furthermore, there is no grade separation from Mack Street (end of phase II extension under construction) northwards. There are level crossings at Mack St., E. Canfield St., E. Forest Ave., E. Warren Ave., Farnsworth St., and E. Ferry Ave., as well as other major streets to the north.

That said, when the current extension project is completed in two years, it would be great to take it at least another few blocks further north, so that it can link with the bike lanes at E. Forest Ave.

Found the cut while riding along the riverwalk and downtown area. I would recommend traveling south on Gratiot toward the pedestrian overpass rather than attempting to cross Gratiot as I did...sometimes I tempt fate. It is a well maintained, safe ride. I parked without charge at the Detroit Wheelhouse.

The artwork quite simply is stunning.

Just rode the Cut today after I rode the Detroit Riverwalk. Such a great little trail. They need to extend it further than Eastern Market. Artwork is great and the trail is smooth.

Well it's about time. Now make it complete to Royal Oak!

We are better than Cleveland and they have an awesome trail that goes from the lake to Kent and Beyond! using the old Erie Canal. Why can't we do Better!
Still I love the Dequinder Cut. So artful and real. Great to show people from the suburbs stuff that Detroit has that they will never have.

A fantastic little slice of the city and a great start to hopefully something larger in the future. I was down there several times before it was a trail and let me tell you, it's come quite a long way. Short but sweet.

Short but one the most interesting miles in the state. Ride from the riverfront triail to Gratiot Avenue. It would be great for this to extend further north.

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