The Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail (TC-CHX Trail) has an ambitious goal to connect two regional trail networks that link the communities of Traverse City, Acme, Elk Rapids, Eastport, Norwood and Charlevoix.  This requires piecing (combining) together what trail users want with suitable land and road rights of ways that can support a non-motorized recreation and transportation trail. The trail will pass through beautiful scenery and provide access to parks, beaches, natural areas, communities, and other destinations along the US-31 corridor. The project builds on the vision of more than a decade of community groups working to make trail connections.

The Traverse City to Charlevoix non-motorized transportation and recreation trail connects Traverse City’s TART Trail to Charlevoix’s Little Traverse Wheelway and the rest of the Northern Lower Peninsula Trail network. The Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail is well maintained and effectively managed. People are drawn to the trail by the wonderful opportunity to travel through exceptional scenic and agricultural landscapes which showcase the region’s tremendous recreational, natural, and community assets.


• Develop a non-motorized trail that connects two major destinations in northwest Lower Michigan that draw people from around the state and the region and provides local communities with economic development opportunities.

• Provide people of all ages and physical abilities access to more transportation choices and opportunities for active living and healthy lifestyles.

• Enhance regional identity and help create vibrant communities that attract and retain visitors, residents, and businesses