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Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail

The dream of one continuous trail connecting Grand Rapids to Muskegon is inching closer to reality. In the summer of 2012, the first 6 miles of the new Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail were completed from Marne to Walker Avenue in Grand Rapids. In 2015, the trail was extended another 2 miles along Three Mile Road from Walker Avenue to Alpine Avenue. The Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail begins where the Musketawa Trail ends, at the Marne trailhead, and will eventually continue on to Comstock Park where it will converge with the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail and Grand River Edges Trail. The trail is paved with asphalt, passing through a scenic landscape of farmland, woodlands and urban neighborhoods, including a tunnel under Fruit Ridge Avenue. Kent County Parks is in the process of acquiring right-of-ways to complete the remaining eastern section of trail. We will keep you posted on their progress.

Musketawa Trail

The 26-mile Musketawa Trail is a slice of pure Americana. Originally the Central Michigan Railroad, the rail bed was acquired in 1992 and turned into a rail trail through the efforts of the Friends of the Musketawa Trail. It's a peaceful, comfortable ride or run past quintessential farms with plenty of birds, butterflies and natural beauty to keep you entertained along the way. The entire length of the trail is paved with asphalt.

Set against the backdrop of rural America, your journey takes you through small country towns and wide expanses of farm fields, marshes and shady woodlands. The trail features 13 wooden trestles, the longest a 200-foot trestle over Crockery Creek in Ravennof which are roofed). The Friends havealso added railroad memorabilia along the way with railroad crossing signs, and a restored 100-year-old water tower and a railroad caboose at the trail midpoint in the Ravenna Staging Area .

When you reach the end of the trail in Muskegon, look for the directional signs that guide you north along a connecting route on Latimer Drive to the Laketon Trail and Muskegon Lakeshore Trail.

The entire trail, from the Marne trailhead to Muskegon, is open to snowmobiling and skiing during the winter season.

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Accommodations & Lodging
Bel-Aire Motel Bel-Aire Motel
4240 Airline Road
Muskegon, MI 49444
(231) 733-2196
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Trail Groups and Developers
Friends of the Musketawa Trail Friends of the Musketawa Trail
PO Box 5082
North Muskegon, MI 49445

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

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Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
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West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition
PO Box 325
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 485-7805
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Kent County Parks Department Kent County Parks Department
1700 Butterworth Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534-7065
(616) 632-7275
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Kent District Library Kent District Library
814 West River Center NE
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 784-2007
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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
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Meijer Meijer
2350 3-Mile Road
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

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245 State Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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1860 E. Sternberg Road
Muskegon, MI 49444
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3380 Pine Tree Road
Lansing, MI 48911
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