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Cross-Country Skiing

What better way to "unplug" from the daily assault on our senses than with a peaceful ski through some of the most beautiful wilderness in the North? Nordic ski enthusiasts will discover a winter wonderland in Traverse City and the surrounding areas. Whether a novice or experienced, traditional or skate skier, you will find a path perfect for your ability and sensibility.

The Pere Marquette State Forest is home to the Vasa Pathway -- a series of 3K, 5K, 10K, and 25K paths that loop through towering pine trees, rolling hills, and a few challenging climbs. The site of the internationally acclaimed North American Vasa Cross-Country Ski Race, this pathway is a treasured gem to those who live and visit Traverse City. It is groomed regularly by TART Trails and includes a skate lane and two classic tracks (weather permitting).  

The Leelanau Trail is a 15 mile paved trail that begins in Traverse City and ends in Suttons Bay. It is well-suited for classic and skate-skiing, fatbiking and snowshoeing. It is groomed once a week by TART Trails volunteers as conditions permit. 

Forge your own trail through the woods or across gently rolling fields, or tackle the trails at any of the area's full-service ski resorts. Here you'll find groomed and lighted trails, clinics, lessons and equipment rental.

Cross-Country Trails At-A-Glance:

Resort Length Groomed Night
Trail Pass City Miles from TC
Grand Traverse Commons 3.6 miles No No No No -- TC --
Grand Traverse County Nature Reserve 6.5 miles No No No No -- TC --
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Up to 2K Yes No Yes Yes -- Acme 7 mi
Grass River Natural Area -- Some No No No -- Bellaire 32 mi
Hickory Hills 4K Yes Yes/1K No Yes

$6 - $7

 TC --
Leelanau State Park 6K No No No No -- Northport 25 mi
Leelanau Trail 14 miles Yes No No No Donations TC/Suttons Bay --
Lost Lake Pathway 6.5K No No No No -- Interlochen --
Muncie Lakes Pathway 11.5 miles No No No No -- TC 13 mi
Old Mission Lighthouse Township Park -- No No No No -- Old Mission 19 mi
Sand Lakes Quiet Area 11.5 miles No No No No -- WIlliams-burg 15 mi

Shanty Creek Resorts

 30K  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  $15 Bellaire 32 mi
Sleeping Bear Dunes (below) No No No No $4* Empire 31 mi
Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort 6K Yes Yes Yes Yes $5-$10 TC 5 mi
Vasa Trail 40K Yes No No Yes Donations TC --
YMCA Trail - No No No No -- TC --


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Brick Wheels

736 E. 8th Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: (231) 947-4274

Open Year Round: No

Crystal River District

6249 W. River Rd.
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Phone: (231) 334-4420

Open Year Round: No

Grand Traverse Bike Tours & Suttons Bay Bikes

318 St. Joseph (M22)
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Phone: (231) 421-6815

Open Year Round: No

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd.
Acme, MI 49610
Phone: (231) 534-6000
Online Reservations Number of Rooms: 585
Open Year Round: Yes

Hickory Hills

2000 Randolph Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: (231) 922-4910

Open Year Round: No

Ranch Rudolf Rentals

6841 Brown Bridge Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: (231) 947-9529

Open Year Round: No

Shanty Creek Resorts

5780 Shanty Creek Rd
Bellaire, MI 49615
Phone: (231) 533-8621
Number of Rooms: 500
Open Year Round: Yes

Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort

4050 Hammond Road E
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: (231) 947-2770
Number of Rooms: 33
Open Year Round: Yes
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