Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc. formed in 1998 when four individual trail groups united to create a stronger force for recreation and alternative transportation in northwest Michigan. TART Trails is  a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the Traverse region by providing a network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use. Led by seven staff and thirteen volunteer board members, TART Trails builds and maintains more than 60 miles of trail, advocates for active living and outdoor recreation, hosts annual events that promote healthy lifestyles, and defends cyclist and pedestrian interests.

Key Recent Accomplishments

  • Widening of the TART Trail between Division and M-72
  • Leelanau Trail paving completed July of 2012
  • First segment of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb opened in June of 2012
  • Phase one of the Buffalo Ridge Trail completed in November of 2011
  • Various trail improvements including bridge redecking and signage on 5-Mile Road
  • Access to Recreation project that connects the TART Trail and Boardman Lake Trail

TART Trails is proud to be a member of the following organizations:

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Downtown Traverse City Association
League of Michigan Bicyclists
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance
North Country Trail Association
Suttons Bay Chamber of Commerce
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce