Charlevoix Lake to Lake Multi-Use Trail
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The North Western portion of Lower Michigan has numerous biking and walking trials that connect many different sections of the area together. These trails are non-motorized, multi-purpose trails that can ordinarily be used for running, hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, snowmobiling, and equestrian activities. Many of these trails can be used year round, either bicycling in the summer or cross country skiing in the winter.

Top of Michigan Trails Council      


We advocate and facilitate the development of a network of multipurpose recreational trails in northern Lower Michigan. Currently there are 288 miles of trail in our inventory of which 109 are classified as "improved."

Contact Information:

Top of Michigan Trails Council
445 East Mitchell Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348 - 8280


Little Traverse Wheelway

The Little Traverse Wheelway is a 26 mile, non-motorized paved trail that extends from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs. It was officially dedicated to the people of the State of Michigan on October 24, 2002. The Charlevoix County segment of this trail is approximately 9 miles long and runs along the north side of US-31 from Charlevoix to the Emmet County line at Bay Shore. This trail offers a unique boardwalk bridging a wetland area rich with wildlife, and direct water access at several points along the Lake Michigan shoreline, including two MDOT roadside parks that are perfect for a picnic or scenic resting spot.

Trail users may bike, skate, ski, walk or run (pick your favorite sport for any season) on the trail. However, snowmobiles and horses are NOT permitted anywhere on the trail.

Charlevoix County Segment of the Little Traverse Wheelway Trail Map


Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail Proposal

Funding has been received for the first 3.2 miles - from Boyne City to Young State Park - of the 14-mile trail.  The section should be completed in 2013.  The Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail Group raised $18,000 in local matching funds (thanks in part to a very successful fundraiser at Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City) to qualify for state and federal funding.  The group is now raising funds for the second segment that is 6.2 miles long.  A third segment, 5.7 miles in length, is in the planning phase.  When completed, the trail will follow the Charlevoix-Boyne City Road right of way through Horton Bay and connect to the Little Traverse Wheelway near the Charlevoix Country Club.