Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT) when complete will be a hard-surfaced, multi-use trail paralleling M-22 and M-109 for 27 miles through the Lakeshore. It will provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and abilities to connect with park attractions, the communities of Glen Arbor and Empire and to family and friends. The first 4 mile segment opened in June of 2012 and averaged 3,000 weekly users during July and August. The second 5.5-mile segment of trail between the Dune Climb and Empire opened June of 2014. The new segment doubles the trail length to 9.5 miles from Empire to Glen Arbor.
Phase II of the campaign to construct nearly 8 additional miles of trail from Glen Arbor to Port Oneida and on to Bohemian Road (Co Rd. 669) has a $775,000 fundraising goal. Donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated. Donors of $1,000 and more will permanently recognized on a donor plaza at the Dune Climb. Thank you for your support of this legacy project.
Buffalo Ridge Trail
The first phase of the Buffalo Ridge Trail was built with the Franke Road extension or South Campus Entrance to the Grand Traverse Commons. Funding for the project was a collaborative effort between the City of Traverse City, Garfield Township, TC-TALUS/Grand Vision, Munson Health Care, and TART Trails. Numerous individuals and organizations pitched in to meet Munson’s $10,000 challenge match. Special thanks go to the Traverse City Track Club and TC Light and Power for their generous grants.
TART is moving forward on plans for future phases of the proposed 2.7 mile trail.