The first phase of the Three Mile Trail was completed in 2006 as part of a road widening project with the Grand Traverse County Road Commission. Currently, the trail runs along Three Mile Road, starting at Traverse City State Park on US 31, connecting to the regional TART Trail at Parsons and Three Mile Roads, and dead-ending around South Airport Road.

Connecting the Three Mile Trail to the cluster of school campuses south of Hammond Road has been a long standing and unfinished effort. Thanks to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s recent establishment of the Mitchell Creek Meadows Nature Preserve, there is an unparalleled opportunity to expand the trail and create a gateway for recreation, resource stewardship, transportation, and education in the Three Mile and Hammond corridors in East Bay Township.

The conceptual plan for the Three Mile Trail Extension was launched in the summer of 2020 by TART Trails, East Bay Township, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, and Norte Youth Cycling. Project partners engaged the public through outdoor and online input opportunities this fall, and again with stakeholders this winter. To view summary reports from these events, please click on the links below.

Public Survey Report – Fall 2020

Community Open House Report – Fall 2020

Stakeholder Meeting Summary – Winter 2021

Now, informed by thoughtful community input and our project partners, we are working on a final plan that will identify a preferred alignment for the Three Mile Trail extension, future priority connections, and the funding needed for next steps.


With its incredible access to the natural resources of Mitchell Creek Meadows Nature Preserve and the direct connection to schools, homes, and businesses, the expanded Three Mile Trail will be an extraordinary resource for our residents and visitors. The trail will be further enhanced through the identification and eventual build out of nearby trail connections, supporting the health and mobility of residents along the Hammond corridor as East Bay moves into the future.

Thank you to our Three Mile Trail Conceptual Planning Funders & Project Partners:

Go Farther Fund

Dan Edson

Funders $10,000+

In memory of Gordon & JoAnn Grapes Mutual Gas
Jim and Diana Huckle Family Foundation
Brian and Jennifer Jaffe
Diana and Richard Milock

Project Partners

East Bay Township
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy