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The Iron Belle Trail is a trail system extending more than 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit, with a route of bicycling, and a route of hiking.  This trail system connects Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula using existing trails, networks and new connections.  When completed, it will be the longest state-designated trail in the nation

  • The biking route utilizes many of the state’s existing bike paths, bike lanes and designated biking routes as it travels up the east side of the state. The biking route is 791 miles long and roughly 68% complete.
  • The hiking route utilizes sidewalks, trails and the 1,000-mile plus North Country National Scenic Trail traveling up the west side of the Lower Peninsula. The hiking route is 1,273 miles long and is 72% complete.   

View NEMCOG's Jan. 18, 2017 PowerPoint Presentation to the Crawford County Economic Development Partnership group about the background of the IBT and status of trail planning in the County.

View the DNR's Interactive Iron Belle Trail Map

View printable maps of the proposed route in NE MI

Access DNR resources and tools for Iron Belle Trail development

Click here for a map of Grayling's portion of the Iron Belle Trail.