The Buffalo Ridge Trail is a proposed 4.5-mile trail that connects the west and southwest areas of Traverse City. Buffalo Ridge Trail is currently an almost 1.5 mile trail connecting The Village at Grand Traverse Commons to West Middle School and the YMCA, passing by  the TBA-ISD main office and conference center, the Historic Barns Park and the Botanic Garden.

New Bridge in Progress

We have a new pedestrian bridge coming to the Buffalo Ridge Trail. Molon Excavating, Inc. will be closing the trail between Elmwood Ave. and Division St. for the installation of the bridge.  They are planning to begin work on Monday, September 20th, at 6:00 a.m. and will reopen by Friday, December 15, at 5:00 p.m.  We encourage you to take a detour by way of 11th St. with the trail connection at the Community Garden/Cathedral Barns heading up to Copper Ridge. Thank you for your patience!

Trail Connections

The Buffalo Ridge Trail is part of a network of trails nestled between Silver Lake Road and US-37.  In addition to Buffalo Ridge Trail, the Safe Routes to School path between Wyatt and Barnes Roads was completed in fall of 2012. Shortly thereafter, Garfield Township and the Joint Recreation Authority completed the Barns Trail. The Barns Trail runs parallel to Silver Lake Road and connects the Buffalo Ridge Trail from Silver Drive to the Safe Routes path at Barnes Road.

The Buffalo Ridge Trail within the city limits is owned by the City of Traverse City, outside the city limits it is owned by Garfield Township. TART Trails works with the City and Township on trail projects.

Construction of Phase II was completed in September 2016 by AJ’s Excavating. The newest segment is a scenic ADA accessible trail almost one mile long connecting West Middle School to the new YMCA off of Silver Lake Road and Kids Creek Park. Funding was secured through the Oleson Foundation, DNR Trust Fund and Garfield Township. 

History of Trail

Phase II Final Design:

Final Alignment 
Overall Layout

Documents for the final Public Input:

Final Public Input Meeting Notes
Final Stakeholder Meeting Notes