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“Fabulous trails for families and hard core riders”

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails
Ranked #13 of 111 things to do in Traverse City
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Owner description: 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.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Fabulous trails for families and hard core riders”
Reviewed August 8, 2011

Trail is flat and paved most of the way. You can ride east from TC out to Acme. On this trail suggest you stop to play mini-golf and get a diner-style lunch at Don's Drive-in. Go west from TC all the way to Sutton's Bay or just to Tom's grocer if you just want an easy ride along the bay

Visited July 2011
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Fenton, Michigan
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“This was a great day on a fabulous trail!”
Reviewed July 29, 2011

My husband and I (not very experienced bikers) had an absolutely fabulous day on the TART trail! We rented bikes from Brick Wheels (very helpful) and headed onto the trail, our goal was Sutton's Bay. The trail was wonderful, as you leave Traverse City, it is well marked. Then you get to the part away from the traffic and it's even better. We rode through woods, fields, orchards, vineyards etc.., all very lovely. The sounds of nature and no cars/exhaust to contend with. Even the 6.5 miles that are currently unpaved were enjoyable. We had a picnic lunch at the beach in Sutton's Bay, did some swimming, and rode back into Traverse City. It was a throughly enjoyable day and after having ridden almost 40 miles we had a great sense of accomplishment too! I would really recommend this to anyone visiting the area.

Visited July 2011
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Michigan
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4 reviews
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“50 miles on TART”
Reviewed July 16, 2008

My wife and I conquered the TART trail over the 4th of July weekend while staying at Clam Lake near Alden. First, both of us are not serious bikers. The closest thing to a bike we own is our stationary exercise bike. We had to borrow bikes just for the trail, so this is a review for more casual bikers. Yet we do exercise and are both in pretty good shape.

We started our day by taking 72 into Traverse City. The original plan was to park on the westside of Traverse and bike the trail to Leland, but traffic slowed to a halt. Spotting a trail access sign we parked the truck in Acme and got on the trail around 12:30. This part of the trail was kept up nice and it was neat to see the businesses from a new vantage point. The trail continued behind the state park, past the airport and back into the downtown. Around downtown the trail is not marked as well, but we headed west towards the bay and found the trail.

From here the trail headed into the woods and up the Leelanau peninsula. This portion was paved and flat, making for easy riding. Many cottages and farms are visible from the trail and there are many benches along this portion. After some time the paved portion ended, beginning the unpaved access. Unpaved here means two tire tracks to ride in.

My wife did not like this part so we tried heading up the middle of the peninsula on 641. This turned out to be a wrong decision. The road had more hills and we had been riding for a long time. Finally we made it to 204 and found a wonderful bike themed coffee shop. After the most refreshing vanilla latte, we ditched the Leland goal and headed to Sutton's Bay. We stopped for ice cream in Sutton's Bay (When you bike for 6 hours ice cream and lattes are needed) and found the beginning of the TART trail.

This time we put up with the poorness of the unpaved section and stayed on the trail. We made it back to Traverse in about 2 hours, stopped at the Cherry Festival, and headed back to the truck in Acme. We got back just as the sun was about to set over the bay. We watched the sunset and headed in for dinner at Red Mesa.

For anyone in decent shape and looking for adventure, I would definitely recommend this trip.

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Traverse City
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“Great Paved Bike Path”
Reviewed July 14, 2008

I'm a local. The TART (Traverse Area Recreational Trails) Trail is a paved path which can be used for biking, in-line skating or walking. One end begins in Acme, at Bunker Hill Road. You can ride the trail all the way to Suttons Bay (25m). There is a 6m unpaved section about 10m north of Downtown TC. I rode through the unpaved section with the skinny tires on my road bike and had no problems though.

Make sure to check out the sculpture of the boy on his first bike ride in Clinch Park.

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