White Pine Trail State Park

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Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park
Map showing the location of Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park
Map showing the location of Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Lower Peninsula, Kent County, Mecosta County, Montcalm County, Osceola County, Wexford County, Michigan USA
Nearest city Big Rapids, Michigan
Coordinates 43°43′04″N 85°29′09″W / 43.71775°N 85.4859°W / 43.71775; -85.4859Coordinates: 43°43′04″N 85°29′09″W / 43.71775°N 85.4859°W / 43.71775; -85.4859
Governing body
Length 92 mi (148 km)
Trailheads Comstock Park, Michigan
Cadillac, Michigan
Use Cycling, Hiking, Snow-mobiling, XC skiing
Trail difficulty Easy
Season All
Website Official site

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park is a 92-mile (148 km) long linear state park in the U.S. state of Michigan.

The trail extends from northern Grand Rapids to Cadillac, and it lies on the path graded for the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. The White Pine Trail is a rail trail park. It was named the "Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park"[1] after a donation by grocery store executive Fred Meijer.

History[edit]

As the railroad ceased operation in the mid-1980s, the Michigan Department of Transportation came to own the rail bed. By 1994 the property was transferred to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which began replacing the rails with a trail for public recreational use.

Current Condition[edit]

The trail extends from Ann Street in Grand Rapids north to Cadillac. The trail has three paved sections: one extending 22 miles (35 km) between Comstock Park and Sand Lake, another 13-mile (21 km) stretch between Big Rapids and Reed City, and a 16 mile stretch between Leroy and Cadillac. The Michigan DNR paved 7.6 miles (12.2 km) of trail from Russel Road near Cedar Springs to Sand Lake during the summer of 2007. Unpaved sections of the trail are surfaced with packed gravel or cinders.

Snowmobiles are permitted on most of the trail, between Russell Road (near Cedar Springs) and South Street in Cadillac. Motorized wheel vehicles (other than personal accessibility devices) are not permitted.

Due to reduced public funding for state parks in Michigan, the trail's upkeep depends largely on volunteers, organized by Friends of the White Pine Trail. [1]

Communities Along Trail[edit]

The trail passes through the following communities:

Waypoints[edit]

Waypoints for the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park.[2]

↑ in the Distance column points to the other waypoint that the distance is between.

Location Services Distance
(approx.)
Coordinates
Cadillac, Michigan Parking, Restroom 44°14′49″N 85°24′01″W / 44.24685°N 85.40022°W / 44.24685; -85.40022 (Cadillac, Michigan Waypoint)
Waypoint 2 Parking, Restroom ↑ 2.2 miles (3.5 km) 44°13′22″N 85°25′37″W / 44.22267°N 85.42691°W / 44.22267; -85.42691 (Waypoint 2 Fred Meijer White Pine Trail)
Tustin, Michigan Drinking Fountain, Restroom ↑ 8.5 miles (13.7 km) 44°06′09″N 85°27′29″W / 44.1024°N 85.45803°W / 44.1024; -85.45803 (Tustin, Michigan Waypoint)
Le Roy, Michigan Drinking Fountain, Restroom ↑ 4.5 miles (7.2 km) 44°02′19″N 85°27′00″W / 44.03851°N 85.45007°W / 44.03851; -85.45007 (Le Roy, Michigan Waypoint)
Reed City, Michigan Drinking Fountain, Restroom ↑ 12 miles (19 km) 43°52′41″N 85°30′32″W / 43.87797°N 85.509°W / 43.87797; -85.509 (Reed City, Michigan Waypoint)
Paris, Michigan Drinking Fountain, Restroom ↑ 6.2 miles (10.0 km) 43°47′20″N 85°30′08″W / 43.78886°N 85.50225°W / 43.78886; -85.50225 (Paris, Michigan Waypoint)
Big Rapids, Michigan ↑ 5 miles (8.0 km) 43°43′04″N 85°29′09″W / 43.71775°N 85.4859°W / 43.71775; -85.4859 (Big Rapids, Michigan Waypoint)
Morley, Michigan Drinking Fountain, Parking, Restroom ↑ 16 miles (26 km) 43°29′26″N 85°26′42″W / 43.49053°N 85.44503°W / 43.49053; -85.44503 (Morley, Michigan Waypoint)
Howard City, Michigan Drinking Fountain, Restroom ↑ 6.5 miles (10.5 km) 43°23′49″N 85°28′12″W / 43.39688°N 85.47005°W / 43.39688; -85.47005 (Howard City, Michigan Waypoint)
Cedar Springs, Michigan Parking ↑ 16 miles (26 km) 43°11′01″N 85°34′00″W / 43.18371°N 85.56659°W / 43.18371; -85.56659 (Cedar Springs, Michigan Waypoint)
Comstock Park, Michigan ↑ 12.1 miles (19.5 km) 43°01′30″N 85°39′56″W / 43.02494°N 85.66562°W / 43.02494; -85.66562 (Comstock Park, Michigan Waypoint)

Plans[edit]

According to the Friends of the White Pine Trail, there are plans to extend the paved areas of the trail. The trail may also be connected to other trail systems in the state, including the Kent Trails system in Grand Rapids and the Musketawa Trail, much as the White Pine Trail already connects with the Pere Marquette State Trail in Reed City.

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