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The trails in the Grand Traverse region are among the most picturesque in the state and one of the best ways to experience the stunning beauty of this popular tourist area.

This regional network of trails was developed and continues to grow under the care of Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails Inc., which was formed in 1998 when four trail groups united to create one trail authority for Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. The organization oversees the TART Trails network, the Leelanau Trail, the VASA Pathway and is the fundraising entity for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Through the work of this group, and their many volunteers and sponsors, the Grand Traverse Area Trails Network continues to grow every year.

In the summer of 2014, the Leelanau Trail was extended another two miles on the northern end through the village of Suttons Bay to Dumas Road. From there, trail planners hope to connect the trail some day with the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

In 2015, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail was extended another 3.7 miles from the Crystal River on Fisher Road to Port Oneida Road. Another 3 miles of trail was added to the trail during the summer of 2016 from Port Oneida Road to Bohemian Road.

Constuction on the Boardman Lake Trail from 10th Street to 14th Street was completed in 2015. The final stretch of trail along the western shore, from 14th Street to South Airport Road, is currently in the engineering phase with construction to begin within the next few years.

The first seven miles of the Boardman River Trail, TART's newest trail, was completed in 2013, connecting Mayfield Pond Park to the North Country Trail at the Muncie Lakes Trailhead. When completed, the Boardman River Trail will connect with the southern end of the Boardman Lake Trail and make a 42-mile loop along the Boardman River to Mayfield and circle back to the TART trail through the VASA Pathway.

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Trail Resource Guide

Bicycle & Fitness Shops
Crystal River Outfitters Crystal River Outfitters
6249 W. River Road (M22)
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
(231) 334-4420
Web Link
Grand Traverse Bike Tours Grand Traverse Bike Tours
318 St. Joseph Street
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
(231) 421-6815
Web Link
Sleeping Bear Electric Bikes Sleeping Bear Electric Bikes
1661 S. French Road
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
(231) 633-2327
Web Link
Food/Restaurants/Ice Cream
Art's Tavern Art's Tavern
6487 Western Avenue
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
(231) 334-3754
Web Link
Oryana Natural Foods Market Oryana Natural Foods Market
260 E. 10th Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 947-0191
Web Link
Trail Groups and Developers
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

Web Link
Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
Web Link
TART Trails, Inc. TART Trails, Inc.
PO Box 252
Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 941-4300
Web Link
Tourist Information
Downtown Traverse City Association Downtown Traverse City Association
303 E. State St., Ste. C
Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 922-2050
Web Link
Grand Traverse County Parks & Rec Grand Traverse County Parks & Rec
1213 W. Civic Center Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 922-4818
Web Link
Traverse City Tourism Traverse City Tourism
101 W. Grandview Parkway
Traverse City, MI 49684
1-800-872-8377
Web Link
Trail Services
Bay Area Transportation Authority Bay Area Transportation Authority
3233 Cass Road
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 941-2324
Web Link
Trail Supporter
DTE Energy DTE Energy



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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
Web Link
Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Sinas Dramis Law Firm
3380 Pine Tree Road
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 394-7500
Web Link

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