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Remember the Iron Belle Trail?

Remember the Iron Belle Trail?

Date: February 24, 2018 |

In the Dec. 10, 2016, issue of the Ogemaw County Voice it was reported that the Iron Belle Trail might be coming through Ogemaw County and West Branch. After more than a year of talks and discussions, it looks as though it might actually be happening. A meeting was held on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the MichiganWorks! building in West Branch to continue the planning for the trail. The meeting was facilitated by Steven Schnell, community and economic development planner, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, and attended by local business owners, community leaders and governmental officials.

The Iron Belle Trail is a set of two trails that will span the state. The two trails, one for hiking and one for biking, will go between Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula and Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. When complete, the hiking trail will be 1,259 miles long and the biking trail is 774 miles long. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is coordinating the planning and construction of the missing trail segments.

It is the longest state-designated trail in the nation. With more than 2,000 miles, it crosses 28 counties and 240 townships.

“We hope to have the feasibility study completed by the end of the year,” said Schnell.

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