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Michigan #1 in Rails to Trails Mileage

Michigan #1 in Rails to Trails Mileage

The state of Michigan leads the nation in transforming old

train rail lines to walking and biking trails.  To date we have

2478 miles of trails, with another 394 miles in progress.

This process started over 20 years ago, and many who

use the trails today, have no idea of their controversial

start. There were protests that vandals and criminals would

haunt the rural trails.  These claims seem laughable now.


bike thumb Michigan #1 in Rails to Trails Mileage

The Hart-Montague was Michigan’s first rail to trail conversion.

It alone draws around  50,000 to 60,000 users each year.  West

Michigan has:

  • 93-mile Fred Meijer White Pine Trail
  • Musketawa Trail from Marne to Muskegon
  • Kal-Haven Trail from Kalamazoo to South Haven
  • Kent Trails from Grand Rapids to Byron Center
  • Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail from Grand Rapids to Vermontville
  • 125-mile Fred Meijer trail complex that includes the Heartland,

       Flat River Valley, Grand River Valley and CIS trails


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Comment balloon 2 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • February 08 2011 02:30PM


That is awesome...we have the Monon Trail here in starts at about 146th street in Westfield, goes through Broad Ripple (ecletic area) and into about 15 miles.  People hike it, roller blade and bike it. 

Cindy in Indy

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 over 9 years ago

I love the trails.  It is a great way to truly get out and enjoy Michigan!

Posted by Katrina Cole, Inlanta Mortgage, Business Development Manager (The Jonathan Arnold Team of Inlanta Mortgage) over 9 years ago

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