North Bayside Park to Deepwater Point Natural Area

In May 2017, TART Trails’ received matching funds for construction of the first leg of the Traverse City
to Charlevoix Trail from North Bayside Park to Deepwater Point Natural Area in Acme Township. Preliminary design for this section of trail is complete and estimated to cost $60,000 for engineering and construction. TART Trails is working with Acme Parks and Trails Committee to ensure construction aligns with community values and serves the needs of recreational and commuting trail users alike.

Historically, Acme Township’s non-motorized transportation options have been very limited. Tourists who wish to visit the areas many scenic natural areas and waterfront destinations have had to rely on either dangerous pedestrian ways or drive their cars. Not only will this new trail connect people to the waterfront in a new and meaningful way, it will also provide the first leg of a new trail that eventually will cover a 46 mile gap between Traverse City and Charlevoix.

Design for this new trail includes a trailhead with parking, restrooms, mapping and signage. TART Trails’ staff will work with our private and public partners to create a trail that serves locals and tourists alike.

Contact the TART Trails office at or 231.941.4300 to learn more about how you can play an integral role in the creation of these important trail connections in Acme Township and help to close the gap between two regional trail networks that when connected will provide 325 miles of continuous trail in northern Michigan.


TART Trails, with 19 years of trail development experience, will work to ensure the trail is designed and constructed to the highest standards. Over the last five years alone, we have played a role in the development of over 45 miles of new trail in the Grand Traverse region. Acme Township’s North Bayside Park to Deepwater Point Natural Area will build on TART’s past successes. In the past five years, for every $100 that has been donated to TART Trails, we have leveraged $700 in public funds.