Musketawa Trail

The Musketawa Trail is a 25 mile paved, multi-use recreation trail between Marne and Muskegon, Michigan. It passes through farmlands and wetlands, over creeks, and through villages.

photo: Colorful Autumn Day on the Trail. Photo by Jim Allan. Type: Rail Trail
Length: 24.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Western Lower Michigan
States: Michigan
Counties: Ottawa, Muskegon
Latitude: 43.0469   Longitude: -85.80803

The Musketawa Trail is a 25 mile asphalt paved, handicapped accessible, multi-use recreation trail between Marne and Muskegon, Michigan. Completed in 2000, this heavily used trail is enjoyed by bikers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, rollerbladers, cross-country skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers, and nature lovers. Scenery along the trail is varied. Leaving Muskegon you pass through light industrial and residential areas. Open fields of hay, blueberries, corn and cucumbers dominate the landscape much of the way to Ravenna which is generally considered the midpoint of the trail. Here you will find a replica of the old railroad water tower and the Crockery Creek trestle which rises 45 feet above the water. The eastern half of the trail is much more shaded as it passes through stretches of wooded landscape. You'll find the small village of Conklin about halfway to Marne. The Marne trailhead is in a rural area but there are long term plans to extend the trail to the east and connect with the other Grand Rapids area trails as a vital link in a statewide network. Future development on the Muskegon end will connect the Musketawa Trail to the Lake Michigan shoreline as well as the Hart-Montague Trail.

Description

The Musketawa Trail is a 25 mile paved, multi-use recreation trail between Marne and Muskegon, Michigan. It passes through farmlands and wetlands, over creeks, and through villages. The trail is a 4 season adventure for the outdoor enthusiast, living healthy and having fun. It provides a safe and natural environment for individual, family, and organizational use. This trail is enjoyed by bikers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, rollerbladers, cross-country skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers, and nature lovers. We hope that you will come and enjoy it with us!

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 632
Elevation High Point: 740
Year Designated: 2008

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Musketawa Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Wes Lomax
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
3881 Holton-Duck Lake Rd
Twin Lake , MI 49457
(231) 821-0553
busytrail@aol.com
http://www.musketawatrail.com

Information Contact:
Friends of the Musketawa Trail
3734 Center St.
Ravenna , MI 49451
(231) 821-0553
trail@musketawatrail.com
http://www.musketawatrail.org

 

Photos

Colorful Autumn Day on the Trail. Photo by Jim Allan.

Colorful Autumn Day on the Trail. Photo by Jim Allan.

Colorful Autumn Day on the Trail. Photo by Jim Allan.

Colorful Autumn Day on the Trail. Photo by Jim Allan.

 

Colorful Autumn Day on the Trail. Photo by Jim Allan.

Colorful Autumn Day on the Trail. Photo by Jim Allan.

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