The 17-mile Leelanau Trail provides a paved off-road connection between Traverse City and Suttons Bay. Running through the last of Leelanau County’s former railroad corridors, the Leelanau Trail features picturesque forests, farms, vineyards, lakes and ponds.
During the winter, the Leelanau Trail is groomed for cross-country skiing. This year, the team of volunteer groomers will be setting tracks for classic and skate nordic skiing from the Cherry Bend trailhead north to Birch Point and from 4th Street in Suttons Bay south to Revold Road. Please helps support their efforts by donating for a grooming badge or feeding the pipe!
Carter & Grandview Road Construction Update
The recent trail work to replace a failed culvert between Carter Road & Grandview Road has been completed as of Friday, July 17th 2015 and the trail has been reopened. The work went great thanks to Basch & Sons Excavating!
Grandview Road & Lake Leelanau Drive Construction Update
The trail will close again on Monday, July 27th 2015 at Grandview Road for repaving and just north of Lake Leelanau Drive to replace another failed culvert. Detours will be in effect around the closures. The closures are expected to last 3-5 days.
PARKING: There are three trailheads for parking along the trail at Cherry Bend Road, Fouch Road, and 4th Street in Suttons Bay.
Keswick Methodist Church, on Center Hwy between Fort and Revold Rd, welcomes trail users to use their lot.
RESTROOMS: During the summer months, there are a portalets located along the trail at the DeYoung Natural Area about one mile north of the Cherry Bend Road parking lot, and near the water treatment plans between Richter and Eckerle Rd. In Suttons Bay, public restrooms are available seasonally at the village marina. All year, trail users may use the restrooms at Inland Seas Education Association located across M-22 next to Boone’s restaurant. ISEA is open Monday to Friday from 9:00-5:00 pm with plenty of bike parking available at the lower level entrance.
BIKE-N-RIDE: Bike there. Bus back. TART is proud to collaborate with BATA on their Bike-n-Ride transportation program. Click Here to learn more about how you can explore Traverse City and Suttons Bay in comfort and convenience. This service is offered on the weekends through October 26th, 2014.
EDIBLE TRAIL: Grand Traverse Edible Trails created two food forests along the trail. The food forests are about 2 miles northwest of Traverse City, the Cedar Creek Food Forest is across from the Orchard Creek apartments next to Realeyes Homestead, and the DeYoung Forest Garden is at the Leelanau Conservancy’s DeYoung Farm and Natural Area. For more information on edible trails check it out here.
The Leelanau Trail is owned and maintained by TART Trails.
- 17 Miles
- Flat, Paved