Northern Lower Michigan enjoys more than 5,000 miles of trails weaving through the communities, parks, and forests that make up the northern portion of the lower peninsula. Through impressive collaborations between state, local, and federal resources, the area is home to an expansive network of multi-use trails that connect communities from Alpena to Cheboyan, Charlevoix to Allanson, Mackniaw City to Harbor Springs, and Suttons Bay to Acme. The proposed Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail provides the missing link in Northern Lower Michigan’s Multi-Use Trail System, connecting two major trail networks described below.
The TART Trails Network
The network consists of eight multi-use trails in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties as well as a cross-town bike route, totaling more than 60 miles of regional trails. Trails include the TART in Town, Leelanau Trail, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, the Boardman Lake Trail and the VASA Pathway.
For more information, please see: TART Trail
Top of Michigan Trails Council (TOMTC)
This network currently consists of 288 miles of existing or soon-to-be constructed trails, of which about 180 run along old railroad corridors. The 158 mile “Trunk Line” Trails are non-motorized (except for snowmobiles), multi-purpose trails that can ordinarily be used for running, hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, snowmobiling, and equestrian activities. The Top of Michigan Trails Council is known for the Little Traverse Wheelway and its long distance rail trails: The North Central State Trail, the North Eastern State Trail, and the North Western State Trail.
For more information, please see: Top of Michigan Trails Council