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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:
|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|
$6 - $7
|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
|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|
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