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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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Great for Active Travelers

This is a really cool fixture in the area. I would highly recommend biking some portion of this... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2015
London759
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Springfield, Missouri
Too many unsafe busy road crossings.

This is a truly nice trail for bikes until... you run into a road crossing. These are numerous when... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2015
Jjmb79
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Westfield, Indiana
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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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148 E Front St, Suite 201, Traverse City, MI 49684-5725
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+1 231-941-4300
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Reviewed 28 July 2015

This is a really cool fixture in the area. I would highly recommend biking some portion of this trail if you can! You have the option of traveling as far as you like and there are so many great places along the route. And there...More

Thank London759
Reviewed 26 July 2015

This is a truly nice trail for bikes until... you run into a road crossing. These are numerous when you approach Traverse City. If the town would build bike bridges, it would be kid friendly and much safer.

Thank Jjmb79
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Nice paved trail. Look for the solar system lights and plaques. A great way to get some exercise and enjoy nature

Thank Teresa212
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Excellent walking trails. Great place to walk and enjoy the lake. The only negative thing is this trail is shared by cyclists. Some cyclists travel at high speeds on paths and will run you over without giving you due notice when they are passing.More

Thank RWH313
TartTrails, Public Relations Manager at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2015

Thanks for the great review and the feedback! All trails in the TART Network are multi-use. With the growing popularity of trails nationwide, it's more important than ever that all trail users know and obey the proper rules of the trail. Bikers should not be...More

Reviewed 8 July 2015

I grew up in TC, and ever since the TART trails first came into existence I've gone rollerblading, bicycling and walking on the TART trail. I've gone all the way from Bates Road at M-72E to Suttons Bay on my bicycle. My husband is learning...More

Thank Sara Q
TartTrails, Public Relations Manager at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2015

You're certainly welcome! TART Trails’ mission is to enrich the Traverse area by providing a network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use. It sounds like you are living proof that our core values of outdoor recreation, connecting to nature & others,...More

Reviewed 8 July 2015

The TART trail is for everyone - walkers, runners, cyclists, pets! Paved and well marked, easy trail. A great way to work off extra calories or just relax. Trail goes from TC to Suttons Bay!More

Thank TCpat
TartTrails, Public Relations Manager at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2015

The Leelanau Trail runs from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. The TART Trail runs from Traverse City to Acme. In the near future, the TART trail will connect to Elk Rapids and eventually the Little Traverse Wheelway in Charlevoix that runs to Petoskey/Harbor Springs. Stay...More

Reviewed 7 July 2015

Perhaps the best way to get around town. In town there are a lot of traffic crossings, but once out of town it is vary open and scenic.More

Thank Scott K
TartTrails, Public Relations Manager at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2015

Thanks for your review! The trail is right through the heart of town and gives access to many restaurants and area attractions which also have bike racks and welcome those traveling by human power. Many area businesses also have bowls of water for our furry...More

Reviewed 6 July 2015

30 miles of beautiful paved paths that run from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix. Great for walking, skate boarding or bicycling.More

1  Thank vidcity
TartTrails, Public Relations Manager at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2015

Thanks for your review! We have many trail systems in Northern Michigan including Williamsburg to Traverse City to Suttons Bay on the TART & Leelanau Trails, Empire to Glen Arbor to Port Oneida on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and we'll eventually connect the TART...More

Reviewed 2 July 2015

Traverse city is nicely set up for tourists to get around. Many of the buses have bike racks in front as well as make frequent trips. Parking is plentiful and fairly inexpensive (60 cents an hour).More

1  Thank Stitcherjer
TartTrails, Public Relations Manager at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2015

Thanks for your review! We do have a lot of bike friendly businesses here in Northern Michigan offering up bike racks for parking. Norte Youth Cycling a local bike-centric organization is also pioneering new bike valet parking at our local farmers markets and events, making...More

Reviewed 16 June 2015

We parked at Brick Wheels bike shop and then rode into town and along the beach. Great fun. The shop had great service as well.

1  Thank Justmy2centz
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Peter P
I'm wondering how difficult the trails is are there many hills to climb?
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
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JennyPeter
If we are coming into town next week setting aside a day (5-6 hrs) to ride our bikes on the trail, where would the best place be to park our cars and start on the trail? Maybe a section of the trail where there are sites to stop and take photos of along the way. Thanks.
17 July 2015|
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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
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Lawrence C
How easy is it to rent bicycles n Traverse City?
18 May 2015|
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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
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