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Rollerski and Inline Skate on the Michigan Trailway System

Sat, Oct  26, 2002 - By Mike Muha

The 1993 Michigan Trailways legislation calls for a statewide systems of land corridors passing through Michigan's communities & countryside, featuring broad, smooth-surfaced trails for multiple use activities. This link goes to a 1.21MB PDF brochure that describes the Michigan Trailway System (and what you can do to help), plus has a detailed map showing the location of the trailways and whether they're paved (rollerskiable!) or not.

The map is on page 2 of the PDF. There are some errors: For example, the Kal-Haven Trail is marked as "paved" although (as far as I know) it has a crushed gravel surface.

Facts & Figures:
The Pere Marquette Rail Trail

  • Length: 30 miles.

  • Road or bike path? Paved bike path.

  • Need Speed Reducers? No.

  • Big climbs? No, only minor elevation changes over long distances.

  • Rough Pavement? None - nice and smooth. There are a couple dirt road crossings, and you can catch yourself on the lip leading ot a bridge or two.

  • Shorter, easier variations: Yes! Park anywhere, ski as far as you want, turn around, and come back.

  • Trail map (60K)

  • Pictures of the Sanford to Coleman section