Leelanau Trail


The Leelanau Trail Grandview Rd bridge repair project is scheduled to start construction on Monday, October 13th. Paul Maurer General Contracting will have heavy equipment onsite beginning Monday, October 13th. The trail is scheduled to re-open by the end of day Friday, October 24th. For safety purposes its mandatory that trail users adhere to the closure and utilize the detour along Sunset Drive.

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 from the Cherry Bend trailhead to 4th St. just south of 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. 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.

Trail Information

17 Miles
Flat, Paved


Interactive Map + Directions

Other Resources

Leelanau Trail PDF