An innovative trail partnership that will connect two regional trail networks through the creation of a 45+ mile non-motorized, multi-use trail.

Collaboration is at the heart of this effort. Through an innovative partnership, both Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART Trails) and Top of Michigan Trails Council (TOMTC) are working in close cooperation with local, state, and tribal governments to close the 45+ mile gap between the Little Traverse Wheelway in Charlevoix and the TART Trails’ network in Acme. By closing this gap, the landmark trail will create a continuous 415+ mile trail network, including a connection to the statewide Iron Belle Trail, helping Michigan continue to lead the nation as “The Trails State.”

TART Trails and TOMTC have long, successful histories creating and caring for trails— TART Trails in the Grand Traverse and Leelanau area, and TOMTC across northern Michigan from Charlevoix to Alpena and Otsego to Mackinaw City. TART Trails, TOMTC, government and community partners are collaborating on fundraising, designing, and developing the trail and its long-term maintenance.

This project builds on the vision of more than a decade of community groups working to make trail connections throughout this corridor.