January 7: Winter Trails Day, Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City
TART Trails is teaming up with the Vasa Ski Club, Einstein Cycles and Timber Ridge Resort to offer free trail access, introductory ski lessons, fatbike demos, guided snowshoe hikes and use of equipment rentals for those new to winter trail sports! There will be cross-country skis, snowshoes and fatbikes to try out on the trails. Members of the Vasa Ski Club will provide free introductory ski lessons, and volunteers will lead snowshoe hikes.
January 7, 14, 21, 28: Skiable Feast, Treetops Resort, Gaylord
Get out on the trails at Treetops with 6 kilometers of Cross Country Skiing with 5 food and beverage stations, you are sure to have a blast. This Gourmet Winter Adventure takes you to Treetops’ remote Project Nature property for an intermediate cross country ski excursion you can enjoy at your own pace with 5 gourmet food and beverage stations along the way. Who doesn’t love being outdoors on a beautiful day in Northern Michigan and being rewarded with a craft beer or local wine and a tasty cup of gumbo before gliding off to the next delight? We know we do. Just $89 per person with lodging packages available.
January 14: Straits State Park – Stomp the Park Hike, St. Ignace
Dress warm and bring water and a flashlight or head lamp. Hike, snowshoe or ski the park and meet on the beach for a bonfire, s’mores and a fabulous night view of the Mighty Mackinac Bridge! This event is held in conjunction with other events on National Winter Trails Day.
January 17: The Brewery Vivant Farmhand Fat Bike Race 2017, Cannonsburg
Presented by Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids Bicycle Company, Cannonsburg Ski Area and The Farm Team. This is a timed, multilap XC style fatbike race. Fatbikes only! The course will consist of a 2-4 mile loop of rolling to hilly single track, double track and snow. Categories include solo and Duo (relay) at the Cannonsburg Ski Area.
January 25: Annual Noquemanon Torch Light Trek, Marquette
Hosted by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame& the Ishpeming Ski Club at the Suicide Bowl Ski Area, for more information contact Bob Hendrickson at 906.485.6323. Skis will be provided free of charge to those who need them. Quantities will be limited. Kids and adults are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
January 28: Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition, Pickerel Lake Trails, Rockford
Race with more than 400 others in the largest winter adventure race in the U.S. You and your teammate(s) will run on and off trail, navigate, snowshoe and fatbike (short loops, equipment provided) and conquer Amazing Race-like challenges, collecting as many checkpoints as possible in three hours.
January 28-29: Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Marquette
Described by some as “the most beautiful trail I have ever skied on,” by others as “never dull,” and by a few as “deceptively tough.” One thing, however, remains constant: the beautifully rugged U.P. wilderness that surrounds skiers throughout the course.
January 29: Noquemanon 20K Fat Bike Race, Marquette
The 2017 Wild Side of the Noquemanon Fat Bike Race will start and finish at the NTN Forestville trailhead. Racers will ride a loop from Forestville through a selection of the NTN North Trails singletrack and back to Forestville, followed by a loop around a selection of the Forestville area ski trails, ending with a pleasant descent to the finish stadium at Forestville. The course will consist of roughly 30% singletrack, 70% cross country ski trails, and will come to just under 21K.
January 31: mParks Trail Summit, Grand Rapids
Held at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids during the annual mParks Conference & Trade Show, the Michigan Trail Summit is an opportunity for trail enthusiasts, advocates, and organizations to gain knowledge and networking through a day of informative sessions, with topics including trail management, connecting trails, culture and heritage trails, health and community trails to emerging trail trends and issues.
February 4, 11, 18, 25: Tahquamenon Falls State Park – Guided Snowshoe Hike, Paradise
Discover how easy snowshoeing really is during this guided hike through the snow-covered woods of Tahquamenon. This fun, inexpensive winter sport can keep you healthy and happy through the cold winter months. A limited number of snowshoes are available to borrow at no charge. Meet at the Upper Falls Fact Shack.
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25: Tahquamenon Falls State Park – Lantern-lit Ski and Stroll
Cap off your Valentine’s Day evening with a night ski or snowshoe along a lantern-lit trail through the snow covered forests of the Upper Falls. Warm up by the bonfire with refreshments between laps along the one-mile loop. A limited number of snowshoes are available to borrow at no charge. Participants must provide their own cross country ski equipment. A headlamp or flashlight is recommended. Trail begins at the Upper Falls Fact Shack.
February 5: XC Loppet, Harbor Springs
This annual classic cross-country ski tour on 16 miles of groomed trail from Harbor Springs to Cross Village is open to skiers of all ages and abilities. Skiers may opt for shorter mileage by starting at aid stations on Middle Village Rd or Wormwood Ln. Loppet ends at the Crow’s Nest restaurant with a celebration of food, drinks, fun and door prizes. Sponsored by the Outfitter. 231-526-2621.
February 12-14: Meridian Winter Blast, Detroit
Meridian Winter Blast features winter activities, live entertainment, and delicious local restaurants for the whole family to enjoy at Campus Martius Park in Downtown Detroit. Get Fit Fun introduces families to urban snowshoeing in Cadillac Square, Free Ice Skating, Meridian Snow Slide, Dog Sled Exhibitions, Ice Garden and the Bedrock Zip Line Adventure.
February 18: 45NRTH Polar Roll, Marquette
The 906 Polar Roll is a 35-mile fat bike race that guides competitors through some of Marquette County’s premier snow bike routes. This is race number eight in the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series, which showcases the best fat bike races in the Great Lakes region. Participants can expect to be greeted by everlasting stretches of avidly groomed singletrack. The race starts in Ishpeming, where riders will cover all of the Range Area Mountain Bike Association’s Snow Bike Trail. After riding the connector trail to Marquette, bikers hop on the Noquemanon Trail Network’s Snow Bike Route and eventually cross the finish line in Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park. If a shorter race sounds more appealing, there is an 18-mile option that starts racers off in Marquette.
February 19: Mejier State Games of Michigan Cross Country Skiing-Nordic Ski Race, Hanson Hills Classic, Grayling
Hilly terrain. Classical race with interval starts. The course will have double set tracks. Awards for the first overall male and female finishers. Medals to top three male and female finishers in each age group. The State Games bring in an estimated 2,000+ athletes from all corners of Michigan to compete in the Fourth Annual Meijer State Games of Michigan – Winter Games.
March 4: Steps to Freedom 5K, Lansing
Accurate scenic 5k at Hawk Island. Dogs on leash are welcome to join in the fun too! Proceeds will go to The House of Promise, an organization dedicated to building a home in the Lansing area that will support young girls from 12 to 22 years old who are recovering from sexual abuse and trafficking.
Saturday, April 22: Earth Day 5K, Kalamazoo
This fun and challenging run/walk will feature some fo the Kalamazoo Nature Center most beautiful trails. The course included steep hills, forest views, and a variety of terrain.
April 29: Hurt the Dirt Trail Races, Luton Park Trails, Rockford
Race one of the top trails in Michigan with incredible flowing singletrack. Capped at 550 and will very likely sell out. Quarter, half or full marathon, Finisher award, free pig roast, veggies, fruit.
May 13: KalHaven Trail Blazer, Kalamazoo, South Haven or Bloomingdale
Enjoy one of the first rides of spring on the Kal-Haven Trail. With 3 starting points, Kalamazoo, South Haven or Bloomingdale, you can ride the distance right for you. TrailBlazer is being hosted by the Friends of the Kal-Haven and Kalamazoo River Valley Trailway. Their mission is to provide support for expansion and maintenance of the trails and continued programming.
May 20: Michigan Adventure Race: Ludington Edition, Ludington State Park Trails, Ludington
Experience 6 or 12 hours of intensely fun and challenging trekking, orienteering, paddling, and biking over some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain in Michigan at jaw-dropping, eye-popping Ludington State Park. You and your teammate(s) will race together to find as many checkpoints as you can in the time period. 1, 2 or 3-person teams.
May 20: 8th Annual Tails to Trails 5K Fun Run/Walk, VASA Pathway, Williamsburg
Woof, Woof!!! Dogs and trails make for the perfect combination and this event is also a benefit for TART Trails. Dogs will receive a goodie bag with treats and promotional dog stuff and your dog(s) and there will be prizes galore for top finishing owners and dogs provided by D.O.G. Bakery and local pet friendly businesses.
June 3: The American Hiking Society presents National Trails Day
Lace up your hiking boots, air up your bike tires, dust off your work gloves, slip on your trail runners, grab your paddle, or saddle up your horse and HIT THE TRAIL!
Adventures are meant to be shared. National Trails Day is a great opportunity to meet new people in your area and share a fun experience on a local trail. Share your adventure with the nation using #NationalTrailsDay.
Young or old, inexperienced or expert, there’s a trail and a National Trails Day event to suit the interests of every individual.
June 3: Bike Benzie Tour and Fondo
The event offers three picturesque rides through beautiful northwest lower Michigan that challenge riders of all ages and abilities. Benzie County and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where a large portion of the 100-mile loop is located, provide a rare combination of incredible natural scenery and perfect cycling terrain. Also, great food stops along the way feature regional snacks and more. All three rides start and end at Crystal Mountain.
June 17: Sleeping Bear Dunes Water Adventure Expo
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) is partnering with area government agencies and private organizations to host a free water adventure expo on Saturday, June 17, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Platte Point at the end of Lake Michigan Road.
The Expo will include water play safety demonstrations, skills practice, and exhibits. It is an event for adults and kids who like to swim or paddle in rivers, inland lakes, or Lake Michigan. Kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) demonstrations, mock capsize/self-rescue exercises, and life jacket fitting are among the event offerings. Stations will also be set up for weather and rip current recognition, gear checklists, and drowning survival strategies. Face painting and scavenger hunts for kids will round out the expo. Food trucks will be onsite or visitors may pack a picnic lunch
The event is hosted by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in partnership with the American Canoe Association-Michigan Chapter, Benzie County Emergency Medical Services, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP), Lake Township Park, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Sea Grant, National Weather Service, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with funding support from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. The event will be held at the mouth of the Platte River by heading west off of M-22 on Lake Michigan Road at the southern end of the park. The event is free.
June 24: Two Hearted Trail Run 50K, Marathon & Half Marathon-Muskallonge State Park & Upper Tahquamenon Falls, Paradise
Located in the remote, wild northeastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Two Hearted River captured the imagination of Ernest Hemingway in his novel “The Big Two Hearted River.” In addition to world class trout fishing this region features one of the most remarkable stretches of shoreline in the entire Lake Superior basin. Runners in the 50K and Marathon will experience this rugged coastline first hand via single track on high bluffs and more intimate shoreline forests. In addition, the race course winds inland along the shores of Culhane Lake and the Little Two Hearted River. The course is 80% single track and 20% dirt forest road or two track.
July 15-Saturday, July 22: Michigander Bicycle Tour, Traverse City/Frankfort/Leland
Bicycling Magazine dubbed it “One of the Top 10 Multi Day Rides in America” in what Good Morning America dubbed “The Most Beautiful Place in America.” With those accolades, this will be the ride of the summer.
Cyclists have three tour options; 2-Day Tour, 6-Day Tour or 8-day Tour (which combines both the 2-Day and 6-Day tours). Routes are mostly paved with a jaunt on crushed limestone, and on occasion short jaunts on dirt roads. The 2-Day Michigander is designed to be a casual, easy ride up to 30-35 miles each day. It starts and finishes in the same town, so those that prefer a shorter ride can simply turn back at any time. The 6-Day Tour moves upwards of 50-60 miles a day and moves from town to town. Those that do the 8-Day Tour often consider the 2-Day Tour as a good warm up to the 6-Day Tour.
July 21: Tour de Tart, Traverse City
More than 600 people of all ages will hit the TART and Leelanau Trails for an evening ride that begins in Traverse City at Darrow Park and ends at Marina Park in the Village of Suttons Bay. Riders will enjoy two food stops along the 17-mile ride, a bay side meal at the Suttons Bay Marina, local microbrews (bring cash) and then a relaxing bus ride back home. Bus service begins at 6:30 pm and the last bus departs at 9 pm.
$40 for adults 13 and up
$15 for kids 12 and under
Prices will go up $5 per participant two weeks prior to event
The event is capped at 600 participants
July 28-30: Michigan Adventure Race: Epic Edition, Huron Manistee National Forest Trails, Cadillac
Get ready for the ultimate wilderness adventure, with plenty of flexibility for beginners and experts alike. You and your teammate(s) will explore the Caberfae area, featuring the best mountain biking, the best paddling and the best orienteering of any race we’ve put on, all combined in one incredible experience. 18 hour (Fri-Sat): Teams of 2, 3 and 4. 6 hour (Sunday): Teams of 1, 2 or 3.
July 30: Kent County Parks Tour: Roselle Park, Ada
Presented by the Kent County Parks Foundation and Grand Rapids Bicycle Company, cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to join in a fun ride that showcases Kent County Parks and trails. The ride begins at Roselle Park in Ada, with various routes that feature different lengths, difficulty, and scenery to suit all riders, with rest stops along the way.
August 19: Dune Dash
The Sixth Annual Dune Dash 4-mile run/walk takes place on Saturday, August 19th at 9 AM. The race course showcases the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Starting and finishing at the base of the Dune Climb, runners follow the flat, paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail past rolling dunes and beautiful forests to the turn around point at historic Glen Haven. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the most beautiful scenic runs in Michigan.
Click here for more information or to sign up!
They also need volunteers for registration and race jobs. Click here for more information about the volunteer opportunities.
October 1: Trail Towns Tour, South Lyon
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance presents a fall color bicycle tour of the trail towns of South Lyon, Wixom and Milford on this 30-35 mile ride. This interconnected trail network in Southwest Oakland County is a combination of paved trails, dirt roads and an option of undeveloped trails, including:
- South Lyon Trail System
- Island Lake Recreation Area
- Kensington Metro Park
- Milford Trail
- Huron Valley Trail
- Optional 22 additional paved miles inside Kensington Metro Park and Island Lake Recreation Area.
After the bicycle ride, join us for a complimentary soft drink or beer and live music at the South Lyon Pumpkinfest Beer Tent. Everyone is encouraged to check out the craft show, activities and game booths on the Midway, and all of the inflatables at this celebratory fall festival nearing its fourth decade.
November 11: Dirty Duel Trail Race, Provin Trails, Grand Rapids
(along with Robinette’s Apple Haus trails)
Join over 700 racers who will split off right after the start in a dueling dash back to the finish in only trail race in the United States that offers racers a choice of courses, Short & Brutal 5K or Long & Difficult 6K. Depending on the course chosen, you will face a sand dune, cornfield/maze, and off-trail sections. Free donuts, cider, and apples after the race.
More Events Coming Soon…
Every week, great things are happening on Michigan trails. Just look at some of the activities you can do yourself or in a group:
- Ride the trails.
- Take a stroll.
- Walk your dog.
- Run a 5K race or a 100K race.
- Join a day long organized ride or an after work peddle for ice cream.
- Join a strolling photography class.
- Get together with local birdwatchers.
- Connect with a walking exercise group.
- Take a tour of historic trail sites.
- Take a bicycle vacation.