TART Trail

The 10.5-mile long TART Trail is a paved urban transportation and recreation corridor with an eastern end point at M-72/Bates Rd in Acme
Township and a western end point at Carter Rd in Traverse City, where it links with the Leelanau Trail.

Locals and visitors enjoy the TART, including families, bicyclists, dog walkers, parents pushing strollers and inline skaters.

The TART Trail connects you to:

  • Resorts, shops, and restaurants
  • Recreation areas including Reffitt Nature Preserve and several City Parks including Clinch Park Marina and Beach
  • Other trails including Boardman Lake Trail, Three Mile Trail, and the Leelanau Trail
  • Downtown Traverse City
  • Local neighborhoods
  • Several bike shops
  • The State Park campground

PARKING is available at several parks and Traverse City public parking lots near the trail.

The City of Traverse City was awarded a MDOT Enhancement Grant to the to extend the TART Trail along the north side of M-72/West Grandview Parkway from the parking lot at West End Beach to Elmwood Avenue where a pedestrian crossing will be constructed across M-72/West Grandview Parkway. Construction is slated for after Labor Day and is expected to be completed by the end of October.

The TART Trail between Carter Rd and Aero Park Dr is owned by the City of Traverse City, Aero Park Dr to the Bates/Lautner section is owned by the Grand Traverse County Road Commission. TART Trails works with the City and County on trail projects.

Trail Information

10.5 mi
Flat, Paved


TART Trail #1

Interactive Map + Directions

Other Resources

Urban Trail Network Map