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“Bike, walk, run or skate”

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails
Ranked #14 of 116 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.
Reviewed 21 June 2013

We have been coming to Traverse City for years, and have always loved the TART trail system. From when our kids were in bike attachments to now when they are grown, we love to ride our bikes on the trail. We love to park the car and use the trail to get around. It's recenlty been extended to Suttons Bay for longer rides. The bike stores in town are very helpful and informative if you need any help

Thank AmyoMichigan
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We promised my son we would ride the Solar System once he learned to ride his bike. He mastered it at the end of last summer, so we kicked off this summer with a ride on Memorial Day Monday.

The sun, being the center of the universe, is where we started. Parking is available behind the Traverse City Public library. To access it, turn east at the light just south of the library. We are a family of four with a 10 year old son, and 12 year old daughter. Traffic on the trail was moderate with walkers, runners, and bikers out enjoying the beautiful day.

The ride was about 14 miles round trip. We stopped at each planet and read the description provided. Each sign would tell you how many million miles to the next planet. It was great fun riding 864 million miles for example.

The entire journey was paved (with a couple of wooden bridges) and did have some road crossings and railroad crossings. I wish there were a few picnic tables along the way as we had brought a picnic with us. The only ones we found along the ride were at Burger King and the Traverse City State Park. The ones at the state park are associated with camp sites, so they aren’t really available for use. There were several families who pulled off at grassy spots to take a break.

There are a few places to stop for ice cream; Dairy Queen at Pirate’s Cove and Moomer’s is available at East Bay Pizza near the Pluto end of the trail. Also in the East Bay Pizza plaza is a great play structure and some TeePees for kids to visit. There is also a bike shop along the way at Four Mile Rd for any necessary gear or rentals for those who might not have bikes. Beverage stops can be found in a few locations (Red Mesa Grill, a party store whose name I don’t remember) and they have signs on the trail calling out their location.

There were public restrooms at the beginning, but I did not see any others along the way; not even a PortaJohn. I’m sure many of the establishments along the way (Burger King, for example) would allow a bathroom break.

1  Thank upnorth98
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

My family biked the trail from Sutton's Bay to Traverse City and had a wonderful time. The trail is well maintained with very slight gradient changes that were not too taxing. The views were enjoyable.

Thank valpofred
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

I live right next to the trail and it is the bomb. This converted railroad bed is great for hiking biking jogging and walking. It is open year around and very well maintained. The loop along the east side of Boardman Lake is beautiful also. Take the time to go for a ride. You can rent a bike for Brick Wheels or McClains Bike shop. Enjoy the outdoors!

3  Thank tedlockwood
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Its a great way to avoid traffic. We usually park in Acme and make our way downtown. The trail is a mix of shade and sun. There are places to stop and rest if you need to. If you stop at the Brick Wheels bike shop you can fill up your water bottles and use the restroom. Take the trail into downtown and enioy plenty of bike parking. It's a great way to see the Cherry Festival without the parking nightmare.

2  Thank Michelle O
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