Department of Natural Resources
Sept. 17, 2020
|There are many good reasons – more than 13,000 – that Michigan continues to build its reputation as the Trails State. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, off-roading or paddling, it’s pretty easy to find a trail nearby. Michigan offers 13,000 miles of state-managed trails. Some of them serve multiple uses, which means a collective 7,932 miles of motorized trails and 4,668 miles of nonmotorized trails.
|“Michigan’s trails are a public treasure, and they’re here for everyone,” said Paul Yauk, state trails coordinator, DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “These eight days of Michigan Trails Week are a great opportunity to check out new trails, visit old favorites or maybe try a new activity on trails that take you past small towns, urban centers, historic sites, state parks and stunning natural settings.”
Join a brand-new effort to maximize miles during the Michigan Trails Week Challenge. Newcomers or veteran trail users, everyone is welcome to walk, run, ride, hike, bike or paddle the trails. The DNR and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance have set a collective statewide goal of 100,000 miles. Visit Michigan.gov/TrailsWeek to learn more, sign up for the challenge and help make every mile count.
The value of all of Michigan’s state, county and local trails has become even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people turn to the outdoors for socially distanced opportunities to relax and recharge mentally and physically. Everyone can play a role in ensuring Michigan’s trails are available, accessible and properly maintained, and there are several upcoming opportunities to get involved:
For more information about Michigan's trails system and Michigan Trails Week, including statistics, the governor’s 2020 proclamation, safety information, photos and more, visit Michigan.gov/TrailsWeek.