Dequindre Cut Lets You Explore MoreModified: December 19, 2019 | Story by Lori Bremerkamp | Photos by Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Bill Bowen
Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Cut is an urban recreational path that runs from the Detroit riverfront to Eastern Market. A recent half-mile expansion extended the pathway to Mack Avenue at ground level, linking it to the cultural institutions of Midtown and beyond to Hamtramck via walking and biking paths.
What to do along the Dequindre Cut
For starters, the Cut is a great place to get fit. It features a 20-foot-wide paved pathway, which includes separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Entrance ramps are located at Lafayette Street, at Gratiot Avenue and at Woodbridge Street.
So take a walk. Go for a run. Ride your bike – or rent one from Wheelhouse Detroit. They’re available daily at the shop’s riverfront location or in Eastern Market on Wilkins Street every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The pathway is also well known for its urban artwork and graffiti, including the 15-by-100-foot Nature’s Wrath by Malt. To make it even more artsy, now through July, high-quality reproductions of masterpieces can be seen alongside the urban art – as well as in locations across the metro area – through the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program.
The Dequindre Cut has also added the Freight Yard which is the new go-to destination for enjoying the outdoors in The D. The Freight Yard features a beer garden, food trucks, live entertainment, space for retail and tables to enjoy the Cut. Similar to the Detroit Shipping Co., the Freight Yard was created out of shipping containers.
Mentioned Attractions And Venues
1Detroit RiverFront Conservancy600 GM Renaissance Center, Ste. 1720, Detroit, MI 48243313-566-8200
2Wheelhouse Detroit - Rivertown1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207313-656-2453