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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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Best ride on the state

I regularly bike to Suttons Bay and back for a total of 31 miles. Make sure to go in the spring... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2016
Steve P
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
via mobile
Safest place to bike, excellent place to ski. Not bad hiking.

The TART system affords safe road cycling around TVC but the segment from TVC to Suttons Bay (The... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2016
Jack S
Attica, 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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“leelanau trail” (22 reviews)
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148 E Front St, Suite 201, Traverse City, MI 49684-5725
+1 231-941-4300
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Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

I regularly bike to Suttons Bay and back for a total of 31 miles. Make sure to go in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Gorgeous!!

Thank Steve P
Reviewed 3 February 2016

The TART system affords safe road cycling around TVC but the segment from TVC to Suttons Bay (The Leelanau Trail) is truly wonderful. Not hilly so suitable for families or out of shape bikers. Likewise when the snow cooperates, they do a great job of...More

2  Thank Jack S
Reviewed 18 December 2015

My number one recommendation to anyone who visits Traverse City is always "Bring your bike!" and take advantage of at least 1 of the many TART Trails while vacationing; visitors can even park their car & use the trails for transportation like many locals do....More

8  Thank Boho-Mamo
Reviewed 18 December 2015

The TART trail is utilized by everyone no matter what the skill level may be. There are connections to area attractions and towns making it a reason to live and.or visit Traverse City.

Thank scarletman1972
Reviewed 14 October 2015

We enjoyed a leisurely ride on the trail during a beautiful fall afternoon. Easily one of the best trail systems going in the Great Lakes Region and the country. Good wayfinding signage and well-maintained. They even offer a bus ride back to TC from Sutton's...More

Thank Rick B
Reviewed 14 October 2015

The TART trail system runs from east to west or west to east depending on which way you want to go through Traverse City. The trails are for bikes or walking, skate boarders or runners. No motor rized vehicles are allowed. The trails go through...More

Thank MIRockHunter
Reviewed 4 October 2015

17 mile paved trail from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. Flat terrain, great scenery. Benches and rest areas along the way. A few wineries just a short detour off the trail. Dog walkers near town, but not too much out on the trial.

1  Thank cyclist56
Reviewed 4 October 2015

We liked least the TART trail from the northern terminus in Acme into TC, and from what we saw of the trail in TC proper it seemed too crowded. The Little Traverse Wheelway out of Charlevoix runs along Rt 31 a little too closely at...More

1  Thank jerseygolf
Reviewed 20 September 2015

What better way to bike around TC....we call it the TART trail. What an incredible way to see TC and the beauty it holds. The trail goes from Suttons Bay Michigan to the east side of Traverse City...so you can start and stop anywhere you...More

Thank diamondbabydoll
Reviewed 15 September 2015

On a warm summer day, after using our bikes to spot our kayaks on the Boardman River, we enjoyed an Italian lunch at Stella Trattoria. Then we biked the TART trail to Suttons Bay where the Art and Jazz festival was in full swing. There...More

1  Thank Bikeandboard
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Questions & Answers
Peter P
5 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
17 July 2015|
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
Lawrence C
19 May 2015|
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