Tag - TART Trails

In the midst of the morning rush—breakfast-making, backpack-grabbing, everyone scattering in different directions for the day—I remember to pull out a favorite pair of black running shorts and a red short-sleeve top to take with me. And shoes. Don’t forget your running shoes. While I often log miles from my house on the east side of town—the Vasa Pathway, one of our area’s premier trail systems, is within steps of our neighborhood—I like mixing up my running routine and will head to favorite routes throughout Traverse City.

Traverse City is well-known for two unique hobbies -- cycling and craft beer. We have a vibrant cycling community here, and our weekly rides routinely end at a local craft brewery where we swap stories about the ride. But if you think we retreat to our couches when the snowflakes start to fall, you’d be very much mistaken. In fact, when the temperatures drop, the adventures into the woods take on a more social and leisurely vibe. With the invention of the fat bike, we get to extend our riding (and beer drinking) seasons right through the winter months.

As the weather starts to heat up, so do the trails. The paved Leelanau Trail spans a full 19 miles, flowing through orchards, wooded wildlife sanctuaries, wineries and open meadows – offering miles and miles worth of biking paradise. Every mile has something new to offer for both experienced cyclists and beginners alike. Ready to explore?