Traverse Area Recreational Trail (TART)

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The Traverse Area Recreational Trail (TART Trail) is a rail trail in Michigan.

It is a paved, non-motorized recreational trail of 10.5-mile (16.9 km) in length that extends from the west side of Traverse City, Michigan to Acme, Michigan. Most, but not all, of the trail follows the 19th-century roadbed of the former Chicago and West Michigan Railway.

The trail intersects other non-motorized trails in greater Traverse City, including the Boardman Lake Trail that skirts the eastern side of Boardman Lake, the Leelanau Trail with a connection to Suttons Bay, Michigan, and the Vasa Pathway, a system of loop trails constructed for cross-country skiing and other non-motorized recreational use in the Pere Marquette State Forest east of Traverse City.

The original TART Trail was constructed in 1991-1995. It was enlarged and extended several times in 1995-2005.

Points of interest along the trail include:

  • The shoreline of Grand Traverse Bay
  • Clinch Park along the Traverse City lake shore
  • Downtown Traverse City
  • Traverse City State Park

The trail’s acronym “TART” pays tribute to one of the best-known agricultural products of the Traverse City area, the tart cherry or pie cherry. For similar reasons, the local airport is called Cherry Capital Airport.

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References and More Info

  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    10.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    44° 44′ 40.2″ N
  • Compass Longitude
    85° 33′ 10.44″ W
  • Numeric Latitude
    44.7445
  • Numeric Longitude
    -85.5529
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