Biking Opportunities Abound in Northern Michigan

Check out the numerous trails along scenic byways, Great Lakes, inland lakes and more!  Join an organized ride or enjoy the pleasure of your own trail selection and pace.  There is truly something for everyone among the many trails.

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Harbor Way Multi-use Trail

The Harbor Way is an enhanced multi-use trail connecting the current trail system around Harbor Springs( including the Little Traverse Wheelway) to the waterfront, downtown area, and amenities.  This design includes new and enhanced sections of multi-use trail, safety features, and signage.

For more information on the project or to donate,  please contact HARBOR, Inc. at 231-526-5060.

Little Traverse Wheelway

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Little Traverse Wheelway at the Weque Boardwalk

The re-establishment of a turn of the century trail-way goes from Waller Road in Charlevoix Township to Lake Street in Harbor Springs. There are local connecting sidewalks and bike routes to link downtown Charlevoix (at the bridge) to downtown Harbor Springs (at State Street) for a total of 26.65 miles. The trail itself is open for non-motorized use only; cyclists, hikers, runners, walkers and inline skaters may share this “quiet” trail year round.

The Little Traverse Wheelway is 26 miles of dedicated trail, from downtown Charlevoix to downtown Harbor SpringThe “Bike Path”, as it is locally called, runs 26 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The trail is mostly dedicated and paved in asphalt. It is currently the best developed and most suburban of our trunk line trails. The part between Petoskey’s Bayfront Park to Petoskey State Park follows closely the path of the original Little Traverse Wheelway that stretched from Petoskey to Harbor Springs in the 1880s and ‘90s. A gate over the trail at the east end of Bayfront Park proclaims “No Teaming or Driving,” and replicates the original gate that stood at nearly the same spot. This gate is a reminder of a time when people were prohibited from riding horses or horse-drawn carriages on the trail. Two other identical gates have been built to the west on Petoskey’s portion of the trail.

Distance: 26 Miles
Trail Surface:  Asphalt
Horses: Not Permitted
Snowmobiles: Not Permitted

 

Petoskey City Trails

Petoskey Michigan City Trails

From the Little Traverse Wheelway, Petoskey’s newest amenity, the Bear River Valley Recreation Area can be accessed by crossing West Lake Street at the fire station/city hall complex. The park includes a 1.5 mile path along the beautiful Bear River.  Walk, bike, cross-country ski or snowshoe. Pedestrian observation decks and restrooms are available in a few spots. This beautiful facility also includes a 1/4 mile long whitewater course – the only one of its kind in the lower peninsula.  The paved trail runs from Sheridan Ave. to Lake Street. A non-paved trail continues south of Sheridan, follows the Bear River to Standish Avenue and Riverbend Park. This section of the trail is part of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

The Downtown Greenway in Petoskey connects downtown with Bay View.

Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail

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Boyne City Charlevoix Trail Michigan

Phase 1 begins at the intersection of W. Michigan Avenue and Boyne City Road in Boyne City and runs along the Lake Charlevoix side of Boyne City Road, through Young State Park  via an easement, to N. Springwater Beach Road at the Evangeline/Bay Township line for a distance of 3.2 miles. This phase is ready for use.

Burt Lake Trail

History

Phase one of the Burt Lake Trail was completed in the fall of 2013. Five miles of trail consisting of separated crushed limestone and paved shoulders runs from Maple Bay Road on Brutus Road to Hogsback Road on West Burt Lake Road.

Future Plans for Burt Lake Trail
When completed the Burt Lake Trail will connect the North Central State Trail to the North Western State Trail creating a 75+ mile looped trail. The Burt Lake Trail will also connect to the state endorsed Iron-Belle Trail, a planned bike route from Belle Isle in southern Michigan to Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula, utilizing part of the North Central State Trail.  Future segments of the Burt Lake Trail will include widened shoulders along present roads and separated pathways when possible.

Harbor Springs Connector Trail

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Connector Trail at Kosequat Park

A 300' connector trail located through the wooded area behind the Bay Bluffs facility was constructed over an existing dirt path. The trail connects a trail-head area in Kosequat Park with the Little Traverse Wheelway and provides necessary wayfinding signage.

 

For additional details and maps, please check out the following links:

 

http://www.trailscouncil.org/petoskey-michigan-city-trails/

http://www.trailscouncil.org/trails/

 

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