Three Mile Trail Outdoor Open House
Thursday, October 22

On Thursday, October 22 from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Grand Traverse Academy south parking lot off of Hammond Rd. TART Trails along with our partners at East Bay Township, will be hosting an outdoor, socially distanced, public open house at to seek community feedback on your vision for the proposed 3 Mile Trail extension between South Airport and Hammond Roads, as well as other potential non-motorized connections in the nearby vicinity. Projects partners will be on hand to share maps of the study area, record your perspectives, and answer your questions as we kickoff the preliminary design for the trail, part of which will bisect the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s Mitchell Creek Meadows Nature Preserve and will be planned in coordination with Norte’s Safe Routes to Schools program. 

All attendees are required to wear masks and social distancing measures will be in place. The event will be outside under a tent: please dress for the weather and wear layers! Those who cannot attend the event will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the same questions posed via an online survey released immediately after the open house. 

The first phase of the Three Mile Trail opened in 2006. The 2-mile long trail goes along Three Mile Road from the State Park beach on US 31 to South Airport Road. The trail was built as part of the Three Mile Road widening project. TART Trails worked with the Grand Traverse County Road Commission on the project.

Connecting the Three Mile Trail to the cluster of school campuses south of Hammond Road has been a long standing and unfinished effort. Currently, the trail runs roughly a mile along Three Mile Road, starting at Traverse City State Park on US 31, connecting to the regional TART Trail at Parsons and Three Mile Roads, and dead-ending into South Airport Road.

Thanks to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s recent establishment of the Mitchell Creek Meadows Nature Preserve, there is an unparalleled opportunity to expand the trail and create a gateway for recreation, resource stewardship, transportation, and education. The Three Mile Trail will provide a safe and scenic route along and into the regal conifers and flowing streams of the ecologically significant Mitchell Creek Meadows Nature Preserve.

In partnership with East Bay Township’s Safe Routes to School effort, and with support from the Conservancy and Norte Youth Cycling, TART Trails is launching a conceptual planning effort for the Three Mile Trail as part of a larger active transportation plan along the Hammond corridor in East Bay.


With its incredible access to the natural resources of Mitchell Creek Meadows Nature Preserve and the direct connection to schools, homes, and businesses, the expanded Three Mile Trail will be an extraordinary resource for our residents and visitors.

The trail will be further enhanced through the identification and eventual build out of nearby trail connections, supporting the health and mobility of residents along the Hammond corridor as East Bay moves into the future.

Thanks to the following donors for contributions:
Dan Edson
Debbie Edson

Century Specialties
Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences, Inc.
Grand Traverse Industries
Great Lakes Forge
Munson Healthcare
Peninsula Construction and Design