Greetings TARTans,
Wow! Fall is here. Between Friday and Sunday the leaves suddenly seemed to change to stunning shades of scarlet, orange, and yellow. The warm weather and sunshine made leaf peeping a real treat and counter numbers confirmed people made the most of the beautiful weather with time on the trails. Over the next week or so should be prime time for checking out Mother Nature's incredible scenery change and there's no better place than the 100+ miles of trails in the region. Take a hike, bike, run, wheel or stroll out on the Lakeshore and right through town. Apples are abundant, local brews and cider take center stage and cozy firepits are the perfect trail outing afterglow. We hope you get a chance to come up north or head out your door and enjoy fall at her finest.

Julie Clark, Chief Executive Officer


Acme Connector is OPEN!
We are thrilled to share that the Acme Connector is OFFICIALLY OPEN! Investing in trails is investing in people. As the first official segment of the Nakwema Trailway, this project is a catalyst in providing critical connections to support happy, healthy, resilient individuals and communities. Many thanks to the Acme trail team, generous donors, government partners, and local residents who pitched in to make the critical connection a reality.

While the Connector is officially open, it's still not complete. Please bear with us as the finishing touches are still in progress. This includes a closed section that will eventually pass through the KOTI development. This small, yet central section, will be closed and barricaded while project partners work to establish a safe connection through the property.

We look forward to celebrating it's official opening with you on October 25 at the ACT Ribbon Cutting Ceremony complete with Afterglow festivities at Stone Hound Brewing. More here.
Loop Maintenance
Our partners at the City of Traverse City are currently working on improvements to the older sections of the Boardman Lake Loop Trail, specifically on the northeast side, south of Hull Park. Over the next few weeks there may be intermittent closures while work is underway. We will try to keep you posted on any interruptions to the trail via social media. Cheers to the City for their work to improve conditions and trail user experiences on this very popular trail.
Join our Team
We're thrilled to share an employment opportunity! We're looking to fill a full time position for an Outreach Coordinator. This role is an important part of the organization and helps support our mission to provide and promote a trail network that enriches people and communities throughout the greater Traverse region. This key colleague will manage our volunteer program, lead social media communications, support events, and contribute to the Development and Communications team. Full job description and instructions to apply here

Thank you to our partners at Up North Pride for inviting us to represent and talk trails at the 'Big Gay Brunch' on October 2nd. We stand behind UNP's vision of a community where 2SLGBTQIA+ members are visible, celebrated, and supported in all aspects of life. We strive to make trails accessible and inviting for everyone to enjoy.

Greenspire School students have been working on creating a perennial garden at the NMC University Center adjacent to the Boardman Lake Loop Trail. They are incorporating fall soil preparation, as well as native plant research, into their classroom work. Many, many thanks to the following partners and individuals for bringing this project to life: Northwestern Michigan College, City of Traverse City, Garfield Township, SEEDS, Greenspire, and volunteer master gardeners, Becky Mang and Martha Dively.

Give it up for our friends at Independent Bank and 4Front Credit Union who split up to cover the entirety of the Boardman Lake Loop Trail this past Indigenous Peoples' Day. Thanks to their volunteer efforts, the Loop is in great shape just in time for the cooler weather season that is upon us. 

We appreciate the City of Traverse City's Engineering Department for taking a deeper dive to better understand crossing behavior at Woodmere Ave. Earlier this year, the City installed Pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFB) where the TART crosses Woodmere by the Traverse Area District Library. Ideally these provide a much safer crossing for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. We'll be sure to keep trail users informed of their findings.
Welcome to the newest members of our Sustainers Circle of Donors!

Jackson Fox and Katrina Schuur
James Kure and Karen Smith

Thank you for making happy, healthy, connected communities happen.

Learn more about our Sustainers Circle here.


We are so very grateful for our friends at Fountain Point Resort for supporting TART Trails through the sponsorship of a wayfinding sign. A summer resort for families, Fountain Point is a special spot on South Lake Leelanau that has been in business since 1889.

"Many people come to Fountain Point for the same reasons they get out on the trails - to connect to nature, to their families, and to themselves. Thank you TART team for all you do to provide meaningful opportunities for our community and its visitors to unplug and experience all the beauty that our region has to offer!"

- Theo Early, General Manager, Fountain Point Resort


Talkin’ Trails at Bier’s Brewery - Thursday, October 20
Join Top of Michigan Trails Council and TART Trails at Bier’s Inwood Brewery from 5-7 up north in Charlevoix for drinks and conversations about the Nakwema Trailway! More here
Vasa Ski Swap - Saturday, October 22
Winter is coming and we're helping Northern Michigan get ready! Back for another year, Brick Wheels, the Vasa Ski Club, TART Trails, NMMBA and eager winter enthusiasts from across the region kick off the season with the Ski Swap on October 22. More here.
Acme Connector Ribbon Cutting - Tuesday, October 25
Join TART Trails and Top of Michigan Trails Council to celebrate the grand opening of the Acme Connector (opening soon). This 2 mile trail connects the TART and Acme Township, providing safe access to businesses, existing trails, and recreation opportunities and serves as the first segment of the Nakwema Trailway. More here
Zombie Run - Saturday, October 29
We can feel autumn in the air and that means we're gearing up for this family favorite fall tradition. Right Brain Brewery is the host with the most. Zombies and beer = winning combination. Stick around for medals, costume prizes, music, refreshments, and zombie socializing! More here.


Did you know that Acme Bayside Park is just one of 25 natural areas that are connected by the Nakwema Trailway?

The Nakwema Trailway will create a nonmotorized corridor between TART Trails and Top of Michigan Trails Council networks, connecting multiple communities and over 25 protected natural areas throughout 3 counties to create a 415+ mile trail network in northwest Lower Michigan. Learn more here.

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