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 non-motorized transportation and recreation infrastructure joining Charlevoix and Traverse City, in between, and beyond.

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Project Goals

1

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.

News & Updates
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Our friends over at Top of Michigan Trails Council shared some sage wisdom yesterday! Check it out here.Ride the road or the trail?

That's an easy one.

Always choose the trail, for safety and serenity. The trail shoulder is packed with the screaming colors of wildflowers - not cars and trucks whistling past. The only reason you'll be looking over your own shoulder will be to catch another glimpse of a gleaming Great Lake - not the chrome grill of a semi truck.

Ride our trails and rest easy. Reconnect with the youthful wonder that bicycling gave you as a child. Or, just have a quiet walk or a spirited run. Push a stroller or a friend's wheelchair. Walk a dog.

Breathe. Relax. Relax.
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1 week ago
Our friends over at Top of Michigan Trails Council shared some sage wisdom yesterday! Check it out here.

Did you miss out on the recent Talkin' Trails fun at the Short's Brewing Company Pull Barn & Production Facility? Not to worry, we have another opportunity to learn more about the Nakwema Trailway progress and ask any questions you might have!
The Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce will host a series of Evenings on River Street this summer. Nakwema Trailway staff will be there on July 10 and July 31 from 6 PM until 9 PM! Stop by and say hello!
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2 weeks ago
Did you miss out on the recent Talkin Trails fun at the Shorts Brewing Company Pull Barn & Production Facility? Not to worry, we have another opportunity to learn more about the Nakwema Trailway progress and ask any questions you might have!
The Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce will host a series of Evenings on River Street this summer. Nakwema Trailway staff will be there on July 10 and July 31 from 6 PM until 9 PM! Stop by and say hello!

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The Nakwema Trailway will provide access to all sorts of amenities, including the Elk Rapids Day Park! This park holds a host of public gems, with trail side art, covered pavilions, and beach access! What could be better!?The Nakwema Trailway is a collaboration between TART Trails and Top of Michigan Trails Council and will connect Traverse City to Charlevoix! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Near the proposed Nakwema Trailway, a trail that connects communities from Traverse City to Charlevoix, there are countless natural areas, including the Petobego State Game Area! This recreational area is breathtaking, quiet, and is the perfect place to take a breather on the bay. The Nakwema Trailway is a collaborative trail project with TART Trails and Top of Michigan Trails Council! Learn more by checking out the Nakwema Trailway website and Facebook page. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

JOIN US for a great Talkin' Trails event at the Short's Brewing Company Pull Barn & Production Facility on Thursday, June 27th from 4-7pm! Bring your questions and learn more about the Nakwema Trailway's segment from Maple Bay to Elk Rapids! We'll see you there!
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Top of Michigan Trails Council
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1 month ago
JOIN US for a great Talkin Trails event at the Shorts Brewing Company Pull Barn & Production Facility on Thursday, June 27th from 4-7pm! Bring your questions and learn more about the Nakwema Trailways segment from Maple Bay to Elk Rapids! Well see you there!
TART Trails 
Top of Michigan Trails Council