It’s Michigan Trails Week! Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is encouraging residents to get out on the trails in Michigan between September 20th and 27th. There are 13,000 miles of state-managed trails in the state.
Paul Yauk, state trails coordinator for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, said, “Michigan’s trails are a public treasure, and they’re here for everyone.” Those who use the trails this week are asked to share their experience with the DNR. Their goal is 100,000 miles of collective trail use.
Michigan’s trails are for more than just walking. Depending on the trail, they can be used for hiking, biking, horseback riding, off-roading, and paddling if it is a water trail. The closest state-maintained trails to the Blue Water Area are at Algonac State Park, Wetzel State Recreation Area, and the Sanilac Petroglyphs. The Bridge to Bay Bike Trail is part of the State Trail system and the ten-mile long Island Loop water trail in St. Clair County is one of eight state-designated water trails.
Complete trail maps and information about logging your miles this week can be found at Michigan.gov/TrailsWeek.
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland