The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park is the longest linear state park in Michigan. Dedicated in 1995, "The Great White Pine" stretches 93 miles from Comstock Park near Grand Rapids and journeys northward along the former Michigan Northern section of the Penn Central Railroad to Cadillac through 31 cities, villages and townships.
The dream of a fully developed 93-mile rail trail is inching closer to reality. The Friends of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition and Michigan DNR are currently working with communities along the trail to apply for state and federal grants to pave the two undeveloped sections from Sand Lake to Big Rapids and from Reed City to LeRoy. Construction could begin as early as spring 2018.
If you've ever journeyed north of Grand Rapids on US-131, you notice a remarkable change of scenery. You're suddenly "up north." When you head north on the White Pine Trail, you'll discover a quiet, scenic corridor that takes you through several trailside parks, quaint villages, farms, forests and wide expanses of unspoiled nature. Tunnels of trees, exquisite views of rivers and abundant wildlife and wildflowers offer a peaceful respite from city life. Of course there are plenty of places to stop for food, a cool drink or ice cream in small towns along the way.
The entire length of trail runs parallel to US-131, offering easy access along its route. And because it was built on an abandoned railroad bed, the grade is never steep and well suited for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Each section of this magnificent trail has its own natural features and unique personality.