TART Trails, Inc formed in 1998 when four individual trail groups in the Traverse City area united to create a stronger force for recreation and alternative transportation in northwest Michigan. TART Trails is dedicated to providing recreation and transportation opportunities as well as preserving open space corridors through a network of trails. TART Trails is a non-profit organization that builds trails, advocates for active living and outdoor recreation. Our work includes negotiating easements, hosting annual events that promote healthy lifestyles, and defending cyclist and pedestrian interests.
Led by five staff and fifteen volunteer board members, TART Trails’ mission is to enrich the Traverse area by providing a network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use.
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