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

The Vision


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.


The 45+ mile trail will support a broader understanding of our region by those who live here and those who visit with a new way to connect to the extraordinary towns, villages, businesses, and natural spaces that have captivated us for centuries. “Up North” is more than a place, it’s connections to the land, the water, the agriculture and the people. Those connections are why we live here and what visitors seek to experience. Create Connections. That is what this trail will do – for us and future generations. It is a year-round, ever-changing hub for those who seek natural beauty, an active lifestyle, and a genuine connection with people and place. Nakwema will get to the heart of what makes northwest Lower Michigan a magical place to live and to visit, and will help our region continue to thrive.

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Project Goals


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.


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.


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.