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“Fantastic bike ride with fabulous views!”

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails
Ranked #11 of 108 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.
Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic bike ride with fabulous views!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

My friend and I did the ride from Traverse City to Sutton's Bay on an oddly-warm March 2012 day. We were amazed by the views-we felt like we were biking through Napa Valley or French wine country at times! The ride was pretty flat and easy, with the exception of a few dirt trail parts that can get muddy after a rain. We rented "old-fashioned" bikes in TC and they were great for the ride. If you have a mountain bike, the ride will be even easier on those dirt path sections. A must do for all in the TC area!

Visited March 2014
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Medina, OH
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great bike ride - Leelanau Trail”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Wanted a nice bike ride while on vacation and this well maintained 14-mile trail between TC and Sutton's Bay was perfect. It is not too hilly so you won't kill yourself. While it has very beautiful senery, realize it is more farm & woods senery, if you want a lot of views of beach and blue water, this is not it. We enjoyed passing Black Star farms pear orchard (check out how they get full grown pears in their brandy bottles!). We actually travelled back to Sutton's Bay on the road that hugs the water so we could also see the blue water views. The road has wide enough burms for bikes if you don't mind the traffic.

Visited July 2014
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Fenton, Michigan
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Bike to Suttons Bay”
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

We biked the Leelanau Trail from Cherry Bend Rd (TC) to Suttons Bay, had lunch and rode back, 28 miles round trip. Trail was very well maintained and marked. It was a beautiful, peaceful ride.

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Brussels
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Peaceful trails in the middle of the city!”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We took our kids, ages four to ten, and they all had a great time. The trails were well marked which put everyone's mind at ease.

Very easy to get to and right inside of town, although you couldn't tell at all.

Trails were relatively easy (our four year old walked the entire time for two hours) although there were some stairs as well as wooden planks that covered marshy and water areas which may be difficult for some.

Had a great time and "getting away from the city" in the city!

Visited July 2014
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Troy, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent trail”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Great trail to run on. Ran on it every day we were in Traverse City. It was easy to find, marked well. I did make one wrong turn when I missed a sign going from TART to Leelanau. I was looking at the ground for a marker, and missed the temporary sign that was there. It all worked out, since I knew where I was, but something to keep an eye out for.

Visited July 2014
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