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TART Trails Traverse City

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.

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Trail Resource Guide

Bicycle & Fitness Shops
Crystal River Outfitters Crystal River Outfitters
6249 W. River Road (M22)
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
(231) 334-4420
Web Link
Grand Traverse Bike Tours Grand Traverse Bike Tours
318 St. Joseph Street
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
(231) 421-6815
Web Link
Sleeping Bear Electric Bikes Sleeping Bear Electric Bikes
1661 S. French Road
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
(231) 633-2327
Web Link
Food/Restaurants/Ice Cream
Oryana Natural Foods Market Oryana Natural Foods Market
260 E. 10th Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 947-0191
Web Link
Trail Groups and Developers
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

Web Link
Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
Web Link
TART Trails, Inc. TART Trails, Inc.
PO Box 252
Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 941-4300
Web Link
Tourist Information
Downtown Traverse City Association Downtown Traverse City Association
303 E. State St., Ste. C
Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 922-2050
Web Link
Grand Traverse County Parks & Rec Grand Traverse County Parks & Rec
1213 W. Civic Center Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 922-4818
Web Link
Traverse City Tourism Traverse City Tourism
101 W. Grandview Parkway
Traverse City, MI 49684
1-800-872-8377
Web Link
Trail Services
Bay Area Transportation Authority Bay Area Transportation Authority
3233 Cass Road
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 941-2324
Web Link
Trail Supporter
DTE Energy DTE Energy



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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
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Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Sinas Dramis Law Firm
3380 Pine Tree Road
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 394-7500
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