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Project Updates

Short's Brewing Company continues their Match Challenge through Labor Day! Joe Short and staff presented project partners with a $5,000 match challenge to support the Traverse City↔Charlevoix Trail project earlier this year. Any gift donated to the project will be match 1:1 up to $5,000 by our friends at Short's! Donations can be made here.

Village of Elk Rapids Trail Routing

Routing is underway for the Traverse City↔Charlevoix Trail through the Village of Elk Rapids and the Village wants to hear from you.

On September 16, 2019, the Village hosted a public open house to help inform trail routing through the Village. For those who could not attend, the Village will continue to collect input on the following questions through September 30. Click the link below to fill out the comment form. 

Village of Elk Rapids Trail Routing Comment Form

Summer 2019 Update

The project team is working closely with local units of government, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Transportation, community stakeholders and landowners on the trail design, ownership and maintenance plans. Due to a significant boost of $2.4M in 2018 from the State of Michigan, we expect trail design and engineering for the entire trail corridor to be completed by in 2023 with segments of trail under construction as soon as 2021.


This June, the Village of Elk Rapids unanimously supported preliminary design of the 11 mile trail segment between Acme and Elk Rapids. The Village of Elk Rapids is now moving forward with a process to identify a route through the Village. Additionally, the southernmost segment of the trail in Acme Township is moving into final design engineering to connect the existing TART Trail at Bunker Hill to the new Meijer and Bayside Park. This summer partners will also have an engineering firm under contract to design and engineer the full length of the trail.


We are actively seeking public and private funds to reach our $50M fundraising goal. Project partners will be unveiling a rebranded trail including a new trail name and website this fall. In addition, partners are completing the legwork this year to develop a fundraising strategy. The budget for this project includes a 60/40 split between public and private funding sources and includes a long-term maintenance endowment to ensure a premier trail experience for generations.


‚ÄčPrein & Newhof Final Preliminary Design Presentation

Preliminary Design Plans