The first section of the Boardman River Trail is complete and provides 7 miles of newly constructed single-track trail connecting Mayfield Pond Park to the North Country Trail. Additionally, we are thrilled to have recently completed trail between the Boardman River Nature Center and Cass Road. We are now focusing on completing the Boardman River Trail through Hoosier Valley to connect Mayfield Pond Park to Beitner Road.
Trail users will enjoy lakes, rivers, boardwalks, bridges, scenic vistas, forest and wildlife. The BRT will also serve as a connecting trail for people to safely walk or bike to the soccer fields, the YMCA, the Nature Education Reserve, Kingsley and the NCT. The trail will be ideal for backpacking, bike camping, trail running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching, photography and wildlife study.
The Boardman River Trail Committee, composed of various partners and spearheaded by Richard Naperala, formed in 2010 to explore feasibility of developing a 24-mile trail that follows the Boardman River Valley from Traverse City to the North Country Trail (NCT). Most of the proposed trail is in forested area on existing dirt paths and two-tracks. From the NCT users can continue on to connect with the Vasa Pathway and head back to Traverse City via the TART Trail, resulting in a 46-mile loop. More info on the project here!
The Boardman River Trail will be developed in three sections:
Section 1 (completed): Mayfield Pond Park to the North Country Trail
Section 2 (under development): Mayfield Pond Park to Beitner Road
Section 3 (under development): Beitner Road to the existing Boardman Lake Trail in Traverse City.