Department of Natural Resources
Feb. 20, 2020
|Three trails and three communities were recognized as Pure Michigan® Trails and Pure Michigan® Trail Towns by the Department of Natural Resources during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism yesterday in Grand Rapids.
“With four seasons of trail recreation fun available, Michigan truly is home to a variety of great trails and trail towns,” said Paul Yauk, DNR state trails coordinator. “Today, we are excited to recognize some of the best that provide people with unique trails experiences every time they step outside.”
The Canada Lakes Pathway is an all-season trail nestled in Lake Superior State Forest. It winds for 15 miles in six loops through dense forest and features delicate, white wildflowers throughout the trail.
The new Pure Michigan Trail Towns are just as diverse and interesting:
|“Michigan is known for having thousands of miles of hiking, biking and kayaking trails, but the trails and communities that receive this designation are truly outstanding and embody what Pure Michigan is all about,” said David Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan. “We are pleased to partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to honor these trails and trail towns.”
Towns with Pure Michigan designation are identified as vibrant places where trail-based tourism meets the needs of both trail users and town residents. A Pure Michigan Trail Town is a destination along a Pure Michigan Trail where users can venture off the trail to enjoy the scenery and the nearby community’s character, heritage and charm.
The trails and towns receiving Pure Michigan designation are among the elite Michigan trail experiences; promote healthy lifestyles; conserve the natural and cultural resources in the area; display iconic signage; increase awareness of trails for tourism; and provide a catalyst for economic activity in their communities.
Applications for the 2021 Pure Michigan Designated Trails, Trail Towns and Waterways are being accepted now. Visit the Pure Michigan Trail and Trail Town Program page to learn more or apply. For more information, contact Paul Yauk at 517-331-5131.