Pure Michigan® Trail and Trail Town Designation Program
In partnership with Pure Michigan®, we are highlighting some of the state's best trails, water trails and trail towns through the Pure Michigan® Trail and Trail Town Designation Program. This program is designed to acknowledge Michigan's position as the nation's Trails State.
With a wide variety of trails developed and maintained through an extensive collaboration between state and local governments, non-profits, foundations and volunteers, Michigan offers exceptional scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities that offer something for every traveler. The trails that will be designated represent the best in the state.
Applicants must complete the application for designation and submit it, along with all required documentation, to the DNR state trails coordinator. The due date for applications this year is Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. For every following year, the due date is National Trails Day (the first Saturday in June). Applications and information can be found in the handbook.
What The Designation Gets You
- A letter from the DNR state trails coordinator and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the DNR and the applicant.
- A DNR press release announcing the designation during Michigan Trails Week (last week in September).
- Pure Michigan® incorporates the trail into its maps and marketing material.
- Signage with branding is placed in appropriate locations by the designee.