Successful multi-use pathways are our business.
Michigan is at the top nationally in the development of recreational trailways. Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance has been involved in growing the trail network from 2,000 miles of trails two decades ago to the 12,000 miles of trails we have today. We think that is pretty impressive.
Beginning with the barest grassroots support, we can certainly take pride in what the energy and support of friends’ groups; local and regional planning efforts; and the collaboration and financial investment from municipal, state, federal, and private-sector partners have accomplished in the past 20 years.
The state trails initiative, chaired by Governor Granholm in 2007, “Michigan Trails at the Crossroads: A Vision for Connecting Michigan” was a plan that includeded all trails, including multi-use trailways, and recognizes our work.
Implementation of the Governor’s plan and CONNECTING MICHIGAN: A Statewide Trailways Vision and Action Plan continues to drive Michigan’s trail success.
Michigan’s expansive system of trails and greenways has emerged because of dedicated funding to support trailway planning, development, operations, and maintenance.
We thank the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for recognizing the tremendous recreational, health, and transportation value of abandoned railroad corridors in Michigan. Together, they have financially supported the development of the state’s many miles of trails now in place.
Please use the drop down menu for recent highlights of work we have accomplished here at Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.