To plan your Route 1 adventure, visit GreatLakeToLakeTrails.org or GLTLTrail.com for information on lodging, camping, navigation and points of interest along the route.
The dream of a completed Great Lake-to-Lake Trail Route 1 began to take shape in 2019,
as major rail trails were nearing completion and connecting road routes were established bridging the gaps. That same year, two retired navigational buoys were refurbished, repurposed as trail markers, and placed at each end of Route 1 in South Haven and Port Huron. To celebrate development of the trail route, MTGA hosted its Inaugural Great Lake-to-Lake Trail Ride in September of 2019. The seven-day tour included a “dipping of the tires” ceremony in Lake Michigan at South Haven, six overnight stays, and a final dipping of tires in Lake Huron at the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron.
Today, the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail Route 1 is one of America’s great destination trails,
passing through 9 counties, 42 townships, 34 cities, towns and villages, and some of Michigan’s most scenic landscapes. If you can’t find time to ride the entire trail system in one trip, you can always ride it one trail section at a time. It’s a great way to explore the natural beauty of southern Michigan.
Better yet, this summer, you can join other trail riders to explore the entire Great Lake-to-Lake Trail Route 1.
MTGA is teaming up with the League of Michigan Bicyclists to host the annual Michigander
Bicycle Tour, July 26-31, which will follow Route 1 from South Haven to Port Huron. Named one of the “Top 10 Multi-Day Rides in America” by Bicycling Magazine, the Michigander is a fully supported ride with accommodations, delicious meals and plenty of local attractions and social events to keep you entertained along the way. To learn more about the Michigander, visit LMB.org/Tours
. Have some fun, enjoy the scenery, and share your love of the trails with like-minded cyclists from all across Michigan and throughout the country.