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

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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.

June 8 @ 11:00 am

Veterans’ Memorial Park

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Sweetwater Evening Garden Club is hosting a meeting this evening at 7:00PM. Hear from guest speaker, Amy Hartzog, Trail Planner for Nakwema Trailway, discuss the new connector between Acme & Charlevoix.

Meeting will be held at the Acme Township Hall. Sweetwater Evening Garden Club
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Sweetwater Evening Garden Club is hosting a meeting this evening at 7:00PM. Hear from guest speaker, Amy Hartzog, Trail Planner for Nakwema Trailway, discuss the new connector between Acme & Charlevoix. 

Meeting will be held at the Acme Township Hall. Sweetwater Evening Garden Club

It's happening TODAY! Take in the splendor of a rare solar eclipse with Art and Connection in Elk Rapids Michigan! A total solar eclipse—when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, causing darkness in the sky.

Art and Connection will provide special eyewear to safely view this cosmic event, as well as food and refreshments and family friendly games and crafts!

Peak viewing time is around 3:15PM. Grab the kiddos after school and head on down for the fun! You don't want to miss this stellar event! Open to the public, all ages welcome! No registration required.
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2 weeks ago
Its happening TODAY! Take in the splendor of a rare solar eclipse with Art and Connection in Elk Rapids Michigan! A total solar eclipse—when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, causing darkness in the sky.

Art and Connection will provide special eyewear to safely view this cosmic event, as well as food and refreshments and family friendly games and crafts!

Peak viewing time is around 3:15PM. Grab the kiddos after school and head on down for the fun! You dont want to miss this stellar event! Open to the public, all ages welcome! No registration required.

Mark your calendars for Nature Fest 2024!

Located in Elk Rapids Michigan, Nature Fest will be offering lots of exciting ideas, projects, and family-friendly activities. If you're planning a trip to enjoy the beach and the quaint downtown - Join the FUN on Saturday, June 18 from 11:00AM - 2:00PM.

Get a fresh perspective from an interesting mix of 40 nature oriented organizations located in booths around beautiful Veterans' Memorial Park. Plus: Noted speakers, Activities for kids, Entertainment, Refreshments, and MORE!

Learn more about the Nakwema Trailway at Nature Fest! The Green Elk Rapids team is very excited to host this event.
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2 weeks ago
Mark your calendars for Nature Fest 2024! 

Located in Elk Rapids Michigan, Nature Fest will be offering lots of exciting ideas, projects, and family-friendly activities. If youre planning a trip to enjoy the beach and the quaint downtown - Join the FUN on Saturday, June 18 from 11:00AM - 2:00PM.

Get a fresh perspective from an interesting mix of 40 nature oriented organizations located in booths around beautiful Veterans Memorial Park.  Plus: Noted speakers, Activities for kids, Entertainment, Refreshments, and MORE!

Learn more about the Nakwema Trailway at Nature Fest! The Green Elk Rapids team is very excited to host this event.

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Join Art and Connection by taking in the splendor of a rare solar eclipse happening Monday, April 8! A total solar eclipse—when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, causing darkness in the sky.

The National Park Service notes that the only way to safely view an eclipse is through filters such as eclipse glasses, or during a total eclipse. Art and Connection will provide special eyewear to safely view this cosmic event, as well as food and refreshments and family friendly games and crafts!

Peak viewing time is around 3:15PM. Grab the kiddos after school and head on down for the fun! You don't want to miss this stellar event! Open to the public, all ages welcome! No registration required.
... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago
Join Art and Connection by taking in the splendor of a rare solar eclipse happening Monday, April 8! A total solar eclipse—when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, causing darkness in the sky. 

The National Park Service notes that the only way to safely view an eclipse is through filters such as eclipse glasses, or during a total eclipse. Art and Connection will provide special eyewear to safely view this cosmic event, as well as food and refreshments and family friendly games and crafts!

Peak viewing time is around 3:15PM. Grab the kiddos after school and head on down for the fun! You dont want to miss this stellar event! Open to the public, all ages welcome! No registration required.

Not long before we see the abundant greenery along our Acme Connector trail. 🌿 A section of trail running east toward the Acme Meijer and the Grand Traverse Town Center development. Our 2 mile trail helps residents and visitors safely access businesses, existing trails, and recreation opportunities. We're grateful to have the southernmost segment of the Nakwema Trailway complete for ALL to enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago
Not long before we see the abundant greenery along our Acme Connector trail. 🌿 A section of trail running east toward the Acme Meijer and the Grand Traverse Town Center development. Our 2 mile trail helps residents and visitors safely access businesses, existing trails, and recreation opportunities. Were grateful to have the southernmost segment of the Nakwema Trailway complete for ALL to enjoy!