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    Pure Michigan® Trail and Trail Town Designation Program


Pure Michigan® Designated Trails

  • Iron Ore Heritage Trail, Marquette County

    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.

  • Leelanau Trail, Leelanau County

    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.

  • Polly Ann Trailway, Oakland County

    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.

  • Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Leelanau County

    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 (Charcoal Grade Trail), Chippewa, Luce counties

    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. 

  • William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park, Muskegon, Oceana counties

    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

Pure Michigan® Designated Trail Towns

  • City of Charlevoix

    The city of Charlevoix is the county seat of Charlevoix County, located on the northwestern coast of the Lower Peninsula. The city has a Trail Ambassador program, a group of over 30 volunteers who work with government and community groups; they have been instrumental in gaining public support of trail expansion in the area.

  • City of Houghton

    The city of Houghton is known as the “Gateway to the Keweenaw” and is one of the 100 best places to live, according to “The 100 Best Small Towns in America” by Norman Crampton. Situated on the hills bordering the beautiful Portage Waterway, Houghton offers a bounty of recreational opportunities all year long.

  • City of South Haven

    The city of South Haven, South Haven Township, Van Buren County, the DNR and many other community groups, various trail friends’ groups and organizations have developed and promoted a vast network of trails in and surrounding South Haven.

  • Village of Newberry

    As the Moose Capital of Michigan, Newberry is situated in the middle of many great forests, lakes, streams, trails, state parks and beaches. Known for incredible snowmobiling and winter adventure, Newberry is the starting point for many visitors. Located in the heart of the Upper Peninsula, winter vacationers will find 128 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that conveniently connect to the entire Upper Peninsula.

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