Department of Natural Resources
A spectacular trail that showcases the role of the iron ore mining industry to the state of Michigan and the United States, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile, multiuse, year-round interpretive trail. The trail connects communities and people to the region’s historic sites and human stories.
The 17-mile multiuse/nonmotorized Leelanau Trail runs up a Lake Michigan peninsula that is known for its abundance of cherry orchards and Riesling grape vineyards. Located in northern Michigan, the paved trail connects the popular tourist destinations of Suttons Bay and Traverse City.
The popular linear park utilizes the abandoned P.O. & N. railroad corridor and crosses through some of the most beautiful and untouched landscape in northern Oakland County. Woodlands, trailside wetlands and farmlands dominate the trail landscape. Walking, hiking, jogging, cycling, horseback riding and cross-country skiing in winter are just some of the activities enjoyed by users of all ages.
The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a hard surfaced, nonmotorized multiuse trail that showcases destinations within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the two lakeshore towns of Glen Arbor and Empire. Currently the trail runs nearly 22 miles (mostly asphalt with boardwalk over wetlands, with some areas smoothly compacted crushed limestone.
Trail 45, also known as Charcoal Grade Trail, is a 44-mile, multiuse trail that runs from Newberry to Paradise. Initially a snowmobile trail, parts are open year-round for multiple uses. The trail runs through Tahquamenon Falls State Park and along the M-123 Scenic Byway.
The William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail is 22.7 miles (plus an additional 3.2 miles for the White Lake Pathway) of asphalt passing through the “asparagus capital of the world.” The trail runs through farms, orchards, waterways and forests of western Michigan between Whitehall/Montague and Hart. Michigan’s first paved rail trail was completely rebuilt in 2015