Trails By Region
TRAILS BY REGION
In many areas of the state, trail groups and other agencies have combined their efforts to develop a regional interconnected non-motorized network, by connecting trails together and linking trails with destinations through on and off-road routes.
Select the region and the trail you would like to learn more about and start exploring. Local trail groups and municipalities work closely with Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance to ensure you have the most current regional information.
REGIONAL TRAIL NETWORKS
Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative
The Downriver Linked Greenways link up many of the metro parks in the downriver area of Southeast Michigan. A 30 mile arterial route, for example, connects Willow and Oakwood Metro Parks, Huroc Park in Flat Rock, and Lake Erie Metro Park through the towns of Rockwood, Gibraltar, and Flat Rock.
Genesee Regional Trail
The Genessee Regional Trail Council has developed a regional trails plan with 5 priority trails that will connect their communities.
Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail
The Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail will eventually connect the Pere Marquette Rail Trail of Mid-Michigan, the Bay City Riverwalk/River Trail System, and the Saginaw Valley Rail-Trail.
Great Lake to Lake Trail
The Great Lake to Lake Trail will connect Port Huron to South Haven across the state of Michigan. Hiker Chris Hillier shares “The variety of this trail will take you through thick woods and downtown streets. You’ll travel across open farmland and suburban neighborhoods. Your surroundings are constantly changing and that kind of variety keeps things interesting and fresh. On the second day of the hike, I went from the remote forests of the Kal-Haven Trail to busy downtown Kalamazoo on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail and I loved it. This is a way to experience Michigan like no other.”
Iron Belle Trail
Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail links the wealth of existing trails, helps fill gaps where needed, and celebrates the partnerships that have developed and are maintaining the trails. The trail creates opportunities for rural economic development, healthy recreation and awareness of Michigan’s natural resources.
Iron Ore Heritage Trail
The Iron Ore Hertitage Recreation Authority is working to build an interconnected trail network from Ishpeming to the eastern outskirts of Marquette.
Oakland County Trails
Destination Oakland is an emerging network of trails owned by local jurisdictions working together to connect through the assistance of Oakland County.
Southwest Michigan Alliance for Recreational Trails
The Southwest Michigan Alliance for Recreation Trails works to develop an interconnected network of trails through Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. The Kal-Haven Trail, Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, Van Buren Trail, Gull Road Pathway, and the Portage Bikeway are interconnected highlights of this network.
TART Trails Network
The TART Trails network currently consists of eight multi-use trails in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties as well as a cross-town bike route. Currently, they include Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, TART in Town, Mall Trail, Three Mile Trail, Boardman River Trail, Buffalo Ridge Trail, Boardman Lake Trail, Vasa Pathway, Leelanau Trail, TART Trail, and Winter Sports Singletrack.
Top of Michigan Trails Network
Mackinaw City serves as the hub between the North Central State Trail, the North Eastern State Trail, and the North Western State Trail.
West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition
West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition works dilegently to connect all the multi-use trails in western Michigan.
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park is one of the longest in the state at 93 miles, running north-south from Cadillac to Comstock Park. The Pere Marquette Trail is a major east-west trail artery, running 85 miles from Baldwin to Clare. The two trails intersect at Reed City, known as the “City at the Crossroads”.