Michigan Trails Week
Saturday, Sept. 23 to Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
To mark the state’s celebration of trails, the legislature and the Governor both recognize September 16-23 as Michigan Trails Week. When the legislature passed the Michigan Trailways Act over 20 years ago, and declared trails a “public good” few anticipated that Michigan would have developed such a significant network of trails.
Michigan’s significant land and water trails program is a partnership of federal, state and local efforts and supported specifically by our state’s legislature. It is a refreshing reminder that we can all take part in conserving the natural resources and public health. Building and maintaining trails for public health, greenways and open space, preserving our sense of place of history and culture are all benefits of this multi-faceted effort to build trails. No one “trail-building force” is more important than the role played by volunteer groups actively engaged in building and maintaining trails all over this state!
Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance is committed to this mission of protecting and conserving our natural resources through the active support and maintenance of thousands of miles of trails and greenways in communities all over the state. We represent the voice of all nonmotorized users as we advocate for policy in Lansing and in numerous communities around the state. We work with directly with cyclists, hikers, runners, kayakers and walkers and with the community of motorized users to help to grow and maintain trails that enhance our quality of life, reinforce community values and maintain the majestic beauty of this state. We make trails happen!
Although there has been significant attention focused on the Iron Belle Trail, and deservedly so, there are five additional trails, called the Great Lake to Lake Trails that will also allow users to traverse across our state and gain access to our land and water resources. Aggressive work on these trails continues at the state and local levels to complete a statewide network first envisioned by framers of the Michigan Trailways Act.
Join us in celebrating Michigan Trails Week and the significant successes of Michigan’s trail builders! Get out today for a ride, a hike, a walk or a run on a local trail and enjoy the new version of “America’s front porch” as members of the community build trails which in turn then help to build our communities!
Visit our events page to see what is happening around the state during Michigan Trails Week.
About Michigan’s Trails Network
With more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails that connect communities, provide health and economic benefits, and attract outdoor enthusiasts, it’s no wonder Michigan is known as “The Trails State.” Hikers, bikers, equestrians, off-road vehicle (ORV) users, kayakers and snowmobilers find enjoyment on the many inter-connected state trails. There are hundreds more miles of local, county and federal trails in Michigan.
Things to Do:
- Michigan has the largest rail-trail system in the nation. Across the state, more than 2,600 miles of old railroad lines have been converted for recreational use. Download our Trail Directory to find one in your neck of the woods or throughout our glorious state.
- Jump on the Iron Belle Trail, the longest designated state trail in the nation. With nearly 70% of the trail complete, there are miles of trails to explore. Visit www.michigan.gov/ironbelle to learn more.
- Michigan is home to a wide variety of hiking trails that showcase Michigan’s natural and cultural resources. Not sure where to begin? Try the North Country Trail, Jordan Valley Pathway, Blind Sucker Creek Pathway, Mason Tract Pathway and Shingle Mill Pathway.
- There are over 3,000 miles of trails on the Great Lakes, Inland Lakes, and Rivers await your canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard! Visit Michigan Water Trails to plan your excursion.
Governor Snyder’s Resolution for Michigan Trails Week
Michigan Senate Resolution for Michigan Trails Week
Plan Your Trip
To plan your trail vacation, visit www.michigan.org.