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.
In the winter, the Leelanau Trail is groomed by volunteers from Cherry Bend trailhead north to the 4th St. trailhead in Suttons Bay. Please help support grooming by getting a grooming badge or feeding the pipe.
Check out the new kiosk installed on First & Cedar Streets
entering Suttons Bay!
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.
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