For Immediate Release: June 3, 2020
EXPLORE A LOCAL TRAIL TO ENJOY NATIONAL TRAILS DAY THIS SATURDAY!
Old Town, Lansing, MI — To celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance encourages all Michiganders to explore a local trail, now made easier thanks to regional and state trail advocates.
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA) participated in the Governor’s recent Outdoor Recreation Workgroup and reminds all citizens they must recreate responsibly and practice safe social distancing when on the trail and in parking areas. To keep everyone safe, citizens should enjoy trails with their household or in groups of less than ten. MTGA encourages all trail users to use the restroom before you go, pack out all trash with you and wear masks whenever encountering other people.
To help people in southern Michigan have a wonderful trail experience, MTGA offers https://greatlaketolaketrails.org/, which provides in-depth information on Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1, a new 275-mile destination trail. The trail links Lake Michigan to Lake Huron as it travels from South Haven to Port Huron, connecting 19 trails across the state. Visitors to the site can explore the trails and trail towns in the western, central and eastern portions of the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail, using an interactive map which lists all places of lodging, food and beverages and points of interest.
MTGA is proud the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1 connects to an additional 15 trails, including large trail systems like the North Country Scenic Trail, Iron Belle Trail and Border to Border Trail. “It is our goal to connect people and communities through trails,” explained Andrea LaFontaine, MTGA Executive Director. “Southeast Michigan has really worked to develop new trails and green spaces, and we want to help connect those trails and spaces to bring new outdoor recreation opportunities to our urban citizens.”
While MTGA is working with trail managers, advocates and local governments in Southeast Michigan to further connect trails and communities, citizens should know that nearly 1,000 miles of trails are already awaiting your visit. The new Southeast Michigan Trail Explorer, developed by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, offers interactive image mapping of more than 50 regional land and water trails. Visit https://semcog.org/trailexplorer to take a virtual 360-degree tour of Southeast Michigan’s natural and recreational assets, that includes 550 miles of water trails and 400 miles of greenways and land trails.
One of the trails featured is the popular Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park in Livingston County. Ralph O. Neri, secretary of the Friends of the Lakelands Trail, encourages cities plan for trails to enhance quality of life. “Seeing cities around the world transforming themselves to be more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly is a great trend,” said Neri. “Automobiles isolate people. Trails bring them together.”
There’s never been a better time to explore your local trail than National Trails Day this Saturday. Whether you hike, run, bike, or paddle, trails are a great way to connect with nature, reflect, and stay healthy. MTGA would love to hear why trails and public lands are important to you, please share your trail photo and experience by posting to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/michigantrails/.
The Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance is the statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan. For more information, visit www.michigantrails.org or find us on Facebook.