TART Trail

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T.A.R.T trail
Map showing the location of T.A.R.T trail
Map showing the location of T.A.R.T trail
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Grand Traverse County, MI, US
Nearest city Traverse City, Michigan
Coordinates 44°45′59″N 85°37′25″W / 44.766474°N 85.623712°W / 44.766474; -85.623712Coordinates: 44°45′59″N 85°37′25″W / 44.766474°N 85.623712°W / 44.766474; -85.623712
Established 1991
Governing body
  • Traverse City Department of Public Works
  • Grand Traverse County Road Commission
Length 10.5 mi (16.9 km)
Trailheads Traverse City, Michigan
Acme, Michigan
Use Cycling, Hiking
Trail difficulty Easy
Season All
Surface Paved
Website Official site

The Traverse Area Recreational Trail (TART Trail) is a rail trail in Michigan and is part of U.S. Bicycle Route 35. It is a paved, non-motorized recreational trail of 10.5-mile (16.9 km) in length that extends from the west side of Traverse City (M-22) to Acme (M-72). Most, but not all, of the trail follows the 19th-century roadbed of the former Chicago and West Michigan Railway.

The trail intersects other non-motorized trails in greater Traverse City, including the Boardman Lake Trail that skirts Boardman Lake, the Leelanau Trail with a connection to Suttons Bay, and the Vasa Pathway, a system of loop trails constructed for cross-country skiing and other non-motorized recreational use in the Pere Marquette State Forest east of Traverse City.

The original TART Trail was constructed in 1991–95. It was enlarged and extended several times in 1995–2005. Eventually the trail will connect to the Little Traverse Wheelway, but for now segment 1 is being worked out to connect to Elk Rapids.[1] Segment 2 between Lautner and Bates roads has no completion time, while segment 1 on is in a preliminary planning phase from Elk Rapids to Bates Road.

Points of interest along the trail include:

  • The shoreline of Grand Traverse Bay
  • Clinch Park along the downtown bay-front
  • Downtown Traverse City
  • Traverse City State Park
  • Traverse City Area District Library
  • Beaches
  • Hotels,Restaurants and Resorts
  • Local and regional transportation (Bay Area Transportation Authority)
  • TART in Town (on-street bike route)
  • Darrow Park
  • F&M Park

The trail's acronym "TART" pays tribute to one of the best-known agricultural products of the Traverse City area, the tart cherry or pie cherry. For similar reasons, the local airport is called Cherry Capital Airport.

TART in Town[edit]

TART in town

TART in Town is a cross-town route that uses surface streets to go from one side of town to the other.[2] Points of interest include:

  • Downtown Traverse city
  • Traverse City State Hospital/Grand Traverse Commons
  • Civic center
  • Connection to the main TART Trail
  • Munson Medical Center
  • Old towne neighborhood


  1. ^ "Traverse city to Charlvoix". TART trail. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://traversetrails.org/trails/