Pere Marquette Rail Trail
The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail currently begins in Midland, Michigan and makes a continuous westward trek through the municipalities of Sanford, Coleman and Loomis, presently ending in downtown Clare. Currently the City of Clare is working on an extension of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail designed to extend the existing portion of the trail westward through the City of Clare to connect to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources trail which starts approximately two miles west of Clare and proceeds to Evart. In 2009, a section of this trail was paved from just west of Clare through Farwell and in 2010, was paved through the Village of Lake.
The Pere Marquette State Trail is a bicycle and multi-use trail in lower Michigan, running 55 miles through Clare, Lake, and Osceola Counties. Intersecting with the White Pine Trail in Reed City, the trail is paved in areas, with a ballast or cinder surface elsewhere.
Bicycling Trails: Approximately 30 miles of paved, even trails.
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This is what their Facebook page is reporting about the conditions:
"It is open and in good condition from the Tridge in downtown Midland to Averill Creek- approx 6.5 miles. Then closed from there until the Salt River bridge on the other (west) side of Sanford. There are no good detours to get around it- as Saginaw Road going through Sanford is completely destroyed on the west side of the village and impassable. Best bet if you want a longer ride is to start at the North Bradley trail head and ride west to Clare and back.
It’s going to be quite a while until the trail is back fully open again- as the damage is significant. We have no information at this time to even when we’ll have an estimate on timing. Enjoy those sections that are open, however; and please be safe and courteous to other trail users- practicing social distancing and spacing."
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Getting ThereThe City of Clare is the starting point in Clare County for the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. It also serves as a staging area for the Pere Marquette State Trail, which begins at the Moose Lodge approximately 1.5 miles West of the ending point of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Clare offers a variety of dining, lodging, camping and recreational options.
For more information on the Rail Trail visit Friends of the Pere Marquette
Rail-Trail at https://www.peremarquetterailtrail.org/
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