TART Trail

Attention Trail Users: A construction project on the TART Trail is scheduled to begin Sept 5 between Bunker Hill and 5 Mile Roads. This segment will be closed for approximately 6 weeks while DTE installs a new gas line. Good news: thanks to DTE’s support, a new 10′ wide asphalt trail will be constructed. Bad news: no trail detour will be designated because US-31 is the only north/south facility. A second project between 4 Mile and 3 Mile Rds will also begin later in September and be under construction until May with a temporary winter re-opening. A detour will be in place for the second project. 

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.

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.

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


Interactive Map + Directions

Other Resources

Urban Trail Network Map