The Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail is now known as The Nakwema Trailway.

The Vision

WHERE PATHS CONNECT

The Nakwema (nah-KWAY-mah) Trailway is a generational investment in our region, our identity, our people, and our future. Nakwema — meaning “where paths connect” in Ojibwe — will provide critical nonmotorized transportation and recreation infrastructure joining Charlevoix and Traverse City – in between and beyond.

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Project Goals

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Develop a non-motorized trailway between the TART Trails and the Top of Michigan Trails Council networks, connecting multiple communities and over twenty-five protected natural areas throughout three counties to create a 415+ mile trail network in northern Lower Michigan.

2

Create opportunities for everyone to participate in active living and healthy lifestyles through year-round outdoor recreation and active transportation, while providing access to the region’s iconic shoreline and showcasing the region’s phenomenal cultural and natural resources.

3

Provide an extraordinary resource for residents of and visitors to northwest Lower Michigan to spur economic development opportunities, enhance regional identity and strengthen vibrant communities.

October 25 @ 4:30 pm

Grand Traverse Town Center

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Join in the celebration of this important community trail connection, one of many that will set the ground for the ongoing development of the Nakwema Trailway.

See post for details. Thank you Acme Township and our parters, Top of Michigan Trails Council!🌟 It’s almost time to celebrate a brand new trail connection in Acme Township! 🌟

And you’re invited!

Join TART Trails and Top of Michigan Trails Council to celebrate the grand opening of the Acme Connector.

The 1.8 mile Acme Connector connects the TART and Acme Township, providing safe access to businesses, existing trails, and recreation opportunities. It also serves as the first official segment of the Nakwema Trailway.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on October 25 at 4:30 pm at the Grand Traverse Town Center. Please park in the west end of the Acme Meijer parking lot.

We hope you’ll join us! More info here: traversetrails.org/event/acme-connector-ribbon-cutting/
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Join in the celebration of this important community trail connection, one of many that will set the ground for the ongoing development of the Nakwema Trailway. 

See post for details. Thank you Acme Township and our parters, Top of Michigan Trails Council!

We would be lying if we said we weren't the tiniest bit excited for fall!

These shots represent spaces along the corridor of the future trail. When all is said and done, there's no denying it will be a premier location for non-motorized fall color touring!

(Not to mention create a link between 7 townships and 25 natural areas for miles of fall fun!)

What fall activities do you look forward to the most? If you need some inspiration, the Northern Express and MyNorth can always be counted upon for the latest and greatest happenings up north!
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2 weeks ago
We would be lying if we said we werent the tiniest bit excited for fall! 

These shots represent spaces along the corridor of the future trail. When all is said and done, theres no denying it will be a premier location for non-motorized fall color touring! 

(Not to mention create a link between 7 townships and 25 natural areas for miles of fall fun!)

What fall activities do you look forward to the most? If you need some inspiration, the Northern Express and MyNorth can always be counted upon for the latest and greatest happenings up north!Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Things are heating up in Acme!

Update from Team Elmers | North Michigan Concrete Asphalt Excavation Crane & Rigging on the Acme Connector Trail. Thank you, Elmers! 🙌

www.facebook.com/TeamElmers/posts/10159277511883353
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3 weeks ago
Things are heating up in Acme! 

Update from Team Elmers | North Michigan Concrete Asphalt Excavation Crane & Rigging on the Acme Connector Trail. Thank you, Elmers! 🙌

https://www.facebook.com/TeamElmers/posts/10159277511883353Image attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment

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I still do not understand where it goes from here. I thought it would follow the railroad, but it obviously turns away from that. The current trail along the highway stops at a ten foot tall mound.

Giddy up! 🐴 Please join us in Williamsburg on September 11 for Traverse City Horse Shows' day of family fun and an awesome way to support our regional trails, like Nakwema!

Enjoy a farmers market, horseless horse show, autograph sessions, special exhibitions and cultural celebrations with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians. TART staff will also be on site talking trails!

TART was generously selected to receive the total of the day's general admission ticket sales in the form of a donation to our organization. Thank you so much to our friends at TC Horse Shows!

More info here: traversetrails.org/event/traverse-city-horse-shows/
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Giddy up! 🐴 Please join us in Williamsburg on September 11 for Traverse City Horse Shows day of family fun and an awesome way to support our regional trails, like Nakwema! 

Enjoy a farmers market, horseless horse show, autograph sessions, special exhibitions and cultural celebrations with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians. TART staff will also be on site talking trails!

TART was generously selected to receive the total of the days general admission ticket sales in the form of a donation to our organization. Thank you so much to our friends at TC Horse Shows! 

More info here: https://traversetrails.org/event/traverse-city-horse-shows/