Michigan Trails Week celebrates the state’s 13,400 miles of state-designated trails.
The trails offer something for people into hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, off-roading and even paddling. There are also local, county and federal trails across Michigan.
“Historically, trails have connected people to places they want or need to go. In fact, the state’s first roads were Native American trails,” said Tim Novak, state trails coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division. “Today, Michigan’s trails network connects people, communities and places of interest, while providing stellar outdoor recreation opportunities, health and wellness benefits and transportation options.”
Michigan Trails Week runs from Sept. 18 through Sept. 25. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging residents to visit their favorite route or share a photo or memory from a trail with a friend.
You can also take some time and volunteer to help keep trails in good shape. More than 150 DNR-associated groups hold trail workdays throughout the year. They help with brush removal, sign installation, maintenance, snow grooming, dirt grading and even grant writing.
Want to get involved?
For ORV or snowmobile trail volunteering, contact Jessica Holley-Roehrs at HolleyJ1@Michigan.gov.
For nonmotorized trails volunteering, contact Tim Novak at NovakT8@Michigan.gov. Please put “VOLUNTEER” in the subject line.
You can also provide financial support toward your favorite trail or toward project goals within a specific category such as water trails, snowmobile trails or ORV trails. Click here to donate.