Buffalo Ridge Trail


The Buffalo Ridge Trail is a proposed 4.5-mile trail that connects the west and southwest areas of Traverse City. Buffalo Ridge Trail Phase I is a half-mile trail connecting The Village at Grand Traverse Commons to West Middle School. The trail runs parallel to Silver Lake Rd and Franke Rd and provides access to the Commons, TBA-ISD main office and conference center, the Historic Barns Park and the Botanic Garden. Phase I currently ends on Franke Rd where it then connects with the trail at West Middle School.

Trail Connections

The Buffalo Ridge Trail is part of a network of trails nestled between Silver Lake Road and US-37.  In addition to Buffalo Ridge Trail, the Safe Routes to School path between Wyatt and Barnes Roads was completed in fall of 2012. Shortly thereafter, Garfield Township and the Joint Recreation Authority completed the Barns Trail. The Barns Trail runs parallel to Silver Lake Road and connects the Buffalo Ridge Trail from Silver Drive to the Safe Routes path at Barnes Road.

The Buffalo Ridge Trail within the city limits is owned by the City of Traverse City, outside the city limits it is owned by Garfield Township. TART Trails works with the City and Township on trail projects.

Phase II Updates

Garfield Township re-bid the project in December 2015 and AJ’s Excavating was awarded the contract. Construction will begin July 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by September 2016.
Visit the Buffalo Ridge Project Page for project updates. 


Trail Information

Boardwalk, Flat, Paved



Interactive Map + Directions