Michigan’s trails span the vast mature forestland of the western Upper Peninsula and travel to the urban center of the city of Detroit. Trails may be state-owned or managed in partnership with other private and public landowners. The DNR owns, manages and maintains a diverse array of motorized and nonmotorized trails, also referred to as the state trail system. Currently, there are more than 13,000 miles of state-designated trails. Trail type, by the numbers, can be found on the Trail Mileage Dashboard.
The DNR is updating the plan by incorporating the diverse needs and perspectives of all trail users. The planning process includes existing plan review, facilitated public meetings with, state trail advisory groups stakeholders and DNR staff and circulation of a statewide electronic questionnaire to collect feedback from the public on the draft plan.
State trail advisory groups are groups of citizens selected to advise the DNR and governor on Michigan’s motorized and nonmotorized trails. The groups include the Michigan Trails Advisory Council, Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Workgroup, Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup, Nonmotorized Advisory Workgroup and Equestrian Trails Subcommittee. Specifically, the advisory groups will provide input on the previous trail plan in winter 2020 and review the draft goals and objectives during winter-spring 2021. Once all input from the draft plan review is collected, a final version will be publicly available summer 2021.