TART Trails’ Mission
Enriching the Traverse region by providing a network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use.
About TART Trails
TART Trails includes a network of trail systems located in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, including the TART Trail, Leelanau Trail, Boardman Lake Trail, Boardman River Trail, Three Mile Trail, Mall Trail, Buffalo Ridge Trail and Vasa Pathway. These trails combined form over 80 miles of recreation and transportation pathways spanning from Suttons Bay to Acme Township. It is estimated that the trails serve over 200,000 users annually.
We believe in outdoor recreation, making connections, sustainable transportation, equitable access and improving community health.
TART Trails’ Long-Term Vision
Happy, active people enjoying a world-class trail system.
1) Increase miles of trails
2) Ensure sustainable, comprehensive maintenance for the entire trail system
3) Ensure sustained support of mission & vision
4) Improve infrastructure & safe access for non-motorized users
5) Contribute to the social, economic, environmental & community health of the region
1) Boardman River Trail
2) West Ridge Trail connecting the Grand Traverse Commons and Hickory Hills
3) Vasa Pathway Maintenance & Winter Grooming
Boardman River Trail
The Boardman River Trail (BRT) is an unpaved multi-use trail that will eventually extend from South Airport Rd. along the Boardman River south to Mayfield Township, and eventually connect to the North Country Trail. Trails users will enjoy lakes, rivers, boardwalks, bridges, scenic vistas, forest and wildlife. The trail will be ideal for mountian biking, cross country skiing, and backcountry camping. Once completed, this trail will be a 46 mile loop showcasing the Boardman River Valley and Pere Marquette State Forest.
West Ridge Trail
This newly proposed singletrack trail will connect existing trails at the Grand Traverse Commons to Hickory Hills and Hickory Meadows . A team of volunteers, TART Trails' staff, and township officials are working on preliminary trail design and alignment. The trail will be ideal for mountian biking and backcountry skiing. Once it is complete the trail will connect two of Traverse City's most popular outdoor recreation destinations.
Located on state forest land, the Vasa Pathway features a series of loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) that offer users a variety of challenges from easy to difficult. Cross-country skiers and mountain bikers enjoy the pathway year-round. The Vasa Pathway is maintained and groomed by TART Trails under an agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Grand Traverse County. It is the home of the North American Vasa cross-country ski race, and the annual Iceman Cometh mountain bike race uses a portion of the trail. These events generate roughly $2.6 million in direct spending to the local economy annually.