Posted by: Kath Usitalo | September 20, 2012

Hit The Trails

Mountain bikers enjoy the Keweenaw Peninsula’s epic trails (photo provided by Keweenaw Adventure Company)

It’s hard to believe but until now the network of trails that criss-cross Michigan have not had their own celebration. Governor Rick Snyder corrected that by declaring September 23-29 Michigan Trails Week to recognize the recreational and economic value of the motorized, non-motorized and water trails enjoyed by hikers, bikers, paddlers, snowmobilers, horseback riders and off-roaders.

Expand the Michigan Trails Week celebration with a Wine Trail excursion

No mention is made of the five Wine Trails that loop through grape areas of Michigan, maybe because the entire month of April is dedicated to the importance of that industry to the state.  Fall is still a good time to enjoy a trip to a vineyard or winery.

Anyway, there are a number of activities tied to Michigan Trails Week, like the Fall Discovery Hike at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon on Saturday, September 22, and an open house and hikes at White Cloud hosted by the Western Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association on Sunday, September 30.

To coincide with National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 29, the “largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States,” there are several “worker bee” events where you can help to clear brush, prune, mark trails and otherwise spruce up recreation areas in the company of other like-minded folks.

Check out the calendar of Trails Week events to take part in an organized outing, get out and enjoy the great outdoors on your own or just learn about the trails across land and water at:





Pure Michigan

Upper Peninsula


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