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MICHIGAN – Six trails and four communities are being recognized as the first Pure Michigan® Trails and Pure Michigan® Trail Towns by the Department of Natural Resources.
The announcement was made by DNR, Travel Michigan and Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance officials.
In 2014, the Michigan Trailways Act was revised to add the DNR’s ability to designate trails and towns as Pure Michigan® Trails and Trail Towns. This designation was designed to acknowledge Michigan’s position as the preeminent trails state in the nation.
“Michigan is full of wonderful trails and trail towns,” said Paul Yauk, state trail coordinator. “Today we recognize the best of the best, but there is no doubt that Michigan’s four seasons of trails, of every shape, size and variety, provide residents a unique experience every time they step outside.”
The trails chosen were deemed to provide users with a quality trail experience, provide clear information for users, have broad community support and have a sustainable maintenance and marketing plan.
“Michigan is known for having thousands of miles of hiking, biking and kayaking trails,” said David Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan. “We are excited to partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to honor these trails and trail towns. Designated as Pure Michigan Trails and Trail Towns, these also highlight the appreciation of the work of countless trail ambassadors who have given time to plan, create, and maintain the state’s trails.”
Chosen as the first trail towns are the City of Charlevoix, City of Houghton, Village of Newberry and the City of South Haven.
Named as Pure Michigan Trails are the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County; Leelanau Trail in Leelanau County; Polly Ann Trailway in Oakland County, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in Leelanau County, Trail 45, the Charcoal Grade Trail, in Luce County; and the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail in Muskegon and Oceana counties.
“Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is pleased to support this first round of Pure Michigan designations,” said Bob Wilson, executive director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. “Personally, I worked on the legislation that was the foundation for this program back in 2014. The intent of the legislature was to associate the quality of the Pure Michigan brand with the quality of select Trails and Trail Towns.”