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Map of the Pere Marquette State Trail

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Pere Marquette State Trail

Pere Marquette Trail Michigan map area

Pere Marquette State Trail & Pere marquette Rail Trail

LENGTH:

84 miles

SURFACE:

paved / unpaved

COMMUNITIES:

Baldwin, Chase, Reed City, Hersey, Evart, Farwell, Clare, Coleman, Sanford, Midland

HIGHLIGHTS:

rail trail, Manistee National Foresst, Michigan countryside, creeks, lakes, farmland, woodland, wetlands, local parks, Northwood University

NEARBY TRAILS:

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail

Chippewa Trail

Grand Curve Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Midland

Regional Trails

The Pere Marquete Trail System is an 84-mile long pathway that extends from Baldwin to Midland in Central Michigan. This system includes the Pere Marquette State Trail and the Pere Marqutte Rail Trail. The system has both paved and unpaved sections. The trail follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way and has several historic railroad bridges. The route of the trail takes trail users through thick forests, open farmland, across rivers and through local communities.

Much of the route roughly follows State Highway 10, but the trail travels well away from the highway for most of the route.

Conditions

The Pere Marquete Trail System has both paved and unpaved sections. The trail is open for bike riding, walking and running. In Clare, there is a 2.25 mile long gap in the trail where trail users must use local streets to get to the next section.

Communities

The Pere Marquette State Trail and Rail Trail pass through the following Michigan communities: Baldwin, Chase, Reed City, Hersey, Evart, Farwell, Clare, Coleman, Sanford and Midland

Points of Interest

The Pere Marquete Trail System goes past the following points of interest:

Manistee National Forest Bridge over the Tittabawassee River
Fred Meijer White Pine Trail Village of Sanford Park
Bridges over the Hersey River Sanford Lake
Hersey Athletic Fields Averill Preserve
Evart Municipal Airport Averill Rollaway Park
Littlefield Park Northwood University
Farwell Elementary School Emerson Park
Farwell Middle School Riverside Golfside Park
Farwell High School The Tridge
Lawrence A. MacDonald Wildlife Sancturary Grand Curve Trail
Coleman Elementary School Chippewa Trail
Coleman Community High School Towsley Dike Park
Nearby Trails

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail: in Reed City the Pere Marquette State Trail intersects the 93-mile long Fred Meijer White Pine Trail that spans between Cadillac and Grand Rapids.

Chippewa Trail and Grand Curve Trail: in Midland, the Pere Marquette Rail Trail connects with the local recreational trails.

End Points

The west end of the Pere Marquette State Trail is located on Michigan Avenue between 9th Street and 8th Street. There is a large trailhead between Cedar Street and Norway Street.

The trail ends at a point along Highway 115 near Washington Road to the west of Clare. The trail starts up again in the middle of Clare near E 4th Street and Pine Street on the south side of town.

The east end of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail is located at the "tridge" at the end of Ashman Street in Midland. There are other local trails that radiate out from this point, the Chippewa Trail, the Grand Curve Trail and trails that wander through the local parks.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Pere Marquette State Trail in Central Michigan.

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