Department of Natural Resources
Local and state officials will gather Friday, Oct. 12, to celebrate the opening of a recently paved section of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail that connects Leroy to Reed City in northern lower Michigan.
The ribbon-cutting, which is open to the public, will take place 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 14386 Mackinaw Trail in Leroy, near the intersection of 200th Avenue. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the White Pine Trail.
Paving of the first section of trail began in May. Scott Slavin, Cadillac District recreational trail specialist with the Department of Natural Resources, said the entire 11.8 miles from Leroy to Reed City was completed in September.
“The new surfacing passes through the beautiful rural communities of Richmond Township, Ashton and Leroy,” Slavin said. “We are very excited to have completed the 55 miles of paved surfacing from Cadillac to Big Rapids.”
Various federal, state, local and private funds contributed to the $3.3 million project, including the Michigan Department of Transportation, the federal Transportation Alternative Program, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Recreational Trails Program, the Fred Meijer Foundation, the West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition and the Osceola Community Foundation.
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park is a 92-mile-long linear trail that extends from Grand Rapids to Cadillac. The nonmotorized trail is located in Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Osceola and Wexford counties and is a rail-trail.
Questions about the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail may be directed to Scott Slavin at 231-878-9403.
Additional information about other trail closures and trail detours, including for the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, will be posted on-site and online at michigan.gov/dnrclosures. Get details on statewide trail opportunities at michigan.gov/dnrtrails.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.