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Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails

148 E Front St, Suite 201, Traverse City, MI 49684-5725
+1 231-941-4300
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Love to Bike? Don't Miss the Leelanau TART Trail

This 17-mile (1-way) paved bikes/pedestrians-only trail from Traverse City (pick up the trail at... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Elke M
Atlanta, Georgia
Great ride for 3 generations

We rented bikes and rode the TART from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. It was a great 17 mike ride... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ellen W
via mobile
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Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation (TART) Trails is system of paved and dirt trails for walkers, hikers, bikers, skaters and skiers in Northern Michigan. Trails are open year-round and available for many users and uses. Many of the paved trails offer access to local breweries, wineries, coffeehouses, restaurants and other area attractions such as lakes, river and beaches. Many of the dirt trails offer world class mountain biking and hiking opportunities for users of various skill levels. Numerous area bike shops offer rentals for any type of technical or recreational riders. Dogs are also welcomed on the trails and must be leashed and cleaned up after.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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148 E Front St, Suite 201, Traverse City, MI 49684-5725
+1 231-941-4300
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This 17-mile (1-way) paved bikes/pedestrians-only trail from Traverse City (pick up the trail at Carter Street or pedal from anywhere in town) is awesome! Bike up to Sutton's Bay and reward yourself with a huge breakfast at the 45th Parallel Cafe immediately after the trail...More

1  Thank Elke M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We rented bikes and rode the TART from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. It was a great 17 mike ride for myself, my kids (12 and 14), and my parents (70 and 75). We had lunch in Suttons Bay and then rode back to TC...More

1  Thank Ellen W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I love to bike all areas of this trail, but frequently have to shout at oncoming bikers to move to their side. Be considerate and do not take up the whole trail - accidents will happen that don't need to!

Thank travel_freaks
Reviewed 5 days ago

Live just off the Leelanau Trail near Suttons Bay. Traveling from Suttons Bay to Traverse City and back is a nice easy ride with breathtaking views of vineyards, cherry and apple orchards. Some inclines, but nothing kids of all ages could handle.

Thank mikesU19JH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I recently walked three miles of the TART while on a business trip. The trail itself is a well-maintained, paved, quiet way to get your workout done. We walked past a few businesses but mostly enjoyed trees, plant life and birds. We...More

Thank wshill
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great trail system which I use almost daily for my commute to work. It allows me to cross town with a minimum of risk. There are a few sketchy intersections, just watch out for the drivers! I ranked the trails down one...More

1  Thank Chris H
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

My wife and I recently visited Traverse City. We rented bicycles and road on the TART trail. Easy comfortable riding. The views were great. We try to bicycle every time we visit Traverse City.

1  Thank presson88
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Be sure to take in this adventure. Riding to Suttons Bay is a great work out and at the end of the trip reward yourself with a trip to the Hops Lot for a micro brew or the Villiage Inn for an excellent chicken enchilada.

1  Thank cmurphyart
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Nice view of the lake, some birds were in the lake and surrounding trees, but watch you step as the trail was not maintained at all when we were there over Christmas Break

Thank zburger1211
Reviewed 27 November 2016

We could hit the trail right outside our VRBO unit, near Front St on the east end of town, follow the water for a bit, then turn around and go back, also ran inland through some nice areas. Wished the trail was a bit wider,...More

1  Thank snowfall1
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Peter P
4 October 2015|
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Response from TartTrails | Property representative |
All of these answers are spot on! The TART Trail and Leelanau Trail are very level with gentle slopes. There is a large slope on the TART Trail in Acme as it follows Bunker Hill Rd. to connect to the trail near Williamsburg... More
17 July 2015|
Response from TartTrails | Property representative |
The TART Trail runs through the heart of downtown Traverse City and along West Bay. This is the best stretch for pictures of the water. You can easily park anywhere downtown as parking rates are very affordable. You can also... More
Lawrence C
18 May 2015|
Response from TartTrails | Property representative |
It is very easy to rent bicycles in Traverse City! Most if not all the bike shops in town rent bikes. A few of the bike shops are downtown and on the TART Trail. Brick Wheels & McLain Cycle & Fitness are on the TART Trail... More