Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc. formed in 1998 when four individual trail groups united to create a stronger force for recreation and alternative transportation in northwest Michigan. TART Trails is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the Traverse region by providing a network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use. Led by seven staff and fourteen volunteer board members, TART Trails builds and maintains more than 100 miles of trail, advocates for active living and outdoor recreation, hosts annual events that promote healthy lifestyles, and defends cyclist and pedestrian interests.

Key Recent Accomplishments

  • First segment of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb opened in June of 2012, the segment from the Dune Climb to Empire in June 2014, the segment from Glen Arbor to Port Oneida in May 2015 and the segment from Port Oneida Rd. to Bohemian Rd in September 2016
  • Buffalo Ridge Trail phase I completed in November of 2011, phase II in September 2016
  • Construction completed in 2015 on a section of Boardman Lake Trail between Oryana and 14th Street
  • Leelanau Trail paving completed July of 2012
  • Widening of the TART Trail between Division and M-72
  • Various trail improvements including bridge redecking and signage on 5-Mile Road
  • Access to Recreation project that connects the TART Trail and Boardman Lake Trail

TART Trails is proud to be a member of the following organizations:

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Downtown Traverse City Association
League of Michigan Bicyclists
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance
North Country Trail Association
Suttons Bay Chamber of Commerce
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce