Biking and hiking are 2 fun activities you can enjoy while staying at Traverse City condo rentals. Traverse City, Michigan, sits in Grand Traverse County, and it is the biggest city in the northern part of the state. This region boasts many outdoor activities centered around freshwater beaches, vineyards and ski trails. Hiking and biking are also popular here, with many trails to choose. Traverse City vacation homes provide a home base to relax and recharge before heading out on your adventures.
Traverse City is home to the widely known Traverse Area Recreational Trail (TART), a paved, non-motorized recreational trail. It spans more than 10 miles, stretching from the west side to Acme, Michigan. It follows the former Chicago and West Michigan Railway of the 19th century. With such historical significance, it's a fun way to get some exercise by yourself or with the family. It intersects with other trails in the area, such as Boardman Lake Trail, Leelanau Trail, Three-Mile Trail, the Mall Trail and the Vasa Pathway.
Each year, bikers take part in the Tour de TART, a 19-mile ride from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. The TART trails provide safe and accessible transportation pathways while allowing for plenty of open spaces and wildlife protection. Historical and cultural preservation are at the top of TART's goals, along with quality, safe recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Dogs are allowed on the trails, but they must be on a leash.
At 15 miles long, the Leelanau Trail stretches from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. It features paved roadway from Carter Road to Lakeview Road. Seven of the 15 miles feature 2-track, hard-pack roadways. Portable restroom facilities are available along the route.
Although the Vasa Singletrack is not officially a part of TART, bikers and hikers can access it from TART. The Vasa Pathway has many loops along its route, with the longest at 25 kilometers. There's also a 10K loop, 3K Meadows loop and a 5K Headwaters loop. The 5-kilometer loop has a warming shelter at the trailhead which offers a drinking fountain, maps, restrooms and picnic area.
Boardman Lake Trail
The east-side trail extends for 2 miles and consists partly of crushed limestone and partly pavement. Decked boardwalks
make hiking a bit easier in spots, and there are restrooms at nearby Hull Park and Medalie Park.
Situated along Three-Mile Road, this 2-mile north-south trailway joins the TART Trail at Parsons Road, with restrooms at State Park Beach.
The TART Trail itself is about 11 miles long, with 9 miles stretching from Carter Road in Elmwood Township to Bunker Hill Road in Acme Township, and a 2-mile extension from Launter Road to Acme's M-72.
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