In 2014, the Michigan Trailways Act was revised to add the DNR’s ability to designate trails and towns as Pure Michigan® Trails and Trail Towns. This program is designed to acknowledge Michigan's position as the preeminent Trails State in the nation. This program is a statewide partnership of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Travel Michigan (Pure Michigan/Michigan.org) and Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.
These trails welcome bikers, hikers and often cross-country skiers or snowshoers in the winter months. The trails chosen were deemed to provide users with a quality trail experience, provide clear information for users, have broad community support and have a sustainable maintenance and marketing plan. Pure Michigan® Trails include the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County; Leelanau Trail in Leelanau County; Polly Ann Trailway in Oakland County, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in Leelanau County, Trail 45, the Charcoal Grade Trail, in Luce County; and the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail in Muskegon and Oceana counties.
There are also 11 distinct Pure Michigan® Trail Towns, each boasting at least one brewery within a short drive, for those looking for a pre or post trek beer experience.
The 4,600-mile, seven state North Country National Scenic Trail (which stretches through Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas) also has its own set of Trail Towns, and you can read about the breweries along that historic route here: Something’s Brewing Along the North Country Trail.
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