Make sure to bring along your bikes and running shoes, and set aside at least a day, to enjoy the TART Trails when you visit the Traverse City area on your next vacation or weekend getaway. This paved 10.5-mile urban corridor from Greilickville to Williamsburg offers sweeping views of East and West Grand Traverse Bays with plenty of other great scenery to keep you entertained along the way.
The TART travels through Traverse City and the Mitchell Creek Watershed following the natural contours of the bay. It also serves as a backdoor connection to numerous hotels, restaurants and attractions along the way, including Traverse City State Park with its quarter mile of beach on the East Bay.
On this well-maintained trail, you'll share your excursion with rollerbladers, cyclists, runners, and couples walking their dogs. The trail also passes by two other popular beach areas, West End Beach and Clinch Park Beach.
South of the downtown area, the trail connects with the 3-mile Boardman Lake Trail near the Traverse City public library. You will need to ride through the parking lot on the south side of the library to connect with the trail. Explore this newly paved and developed trail along the northwest section or venture south for a scenic tour along the eastern edge of Boardman Lake to Airport Road and Logan's Landing.
The eastern edge of the TART trail starts near the intersection of Bates Road and M-72 in Williamsburg. You will need to travel south on Lautner Road and west on Bunker Hill Road to connect with the main trail near Acme. From Bunker Hill Road, you can travel a half mile south on Bartlett Road to the Vasa Pathway Trailhead. The Vasa Pathway is a State Forest natural area that offers a series of trail loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) for running, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.