Ann Arbor’s popular Border to Border Trail (B2B) is but one small segment of an ambitious effort to connect the city of Ironwood on the western edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with Belle Isle in Detroit in what will be called The Iron Belle Trail.
The Iron Belle will form the longest designated state trail in the nation. Hikers/bikers will pass through charming towns, pristine forests, cool rivers, bucolic farmland, not to mention plenty of shoulder rubbing with three of the greatest features of our Great Lake State – Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron.
There are two proposed routes: one for hiking and another for cycling. Ann Arbor’s B2B trail would be part of the hiking route. When completed, the hiking route will be 1,273 miles in length and is currently 69% complete. The cycling route is 64% complete and will be 791 miles when finished.
The Iron Belle Trail is not the blazing of a new trail per se but rather the creation of links to existing trails such as the North Country National Scenic Trail, which borders Lake Superior and then traverses down the west side of Michigan’s lower peninsula, and various local trails such as the B2B.
A public meeting for all community members are invited to discuss the Iron Belle connection throughout our community – routing, funding, key access items and potential spurs – on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Ypsilanti Township civic Center Board Room (7200 S. Huron River Drive).
A general information presentation will be given at the meeting explaining the Iron Belle Trail and how it works.
For more information on the meeting, visit https://ytown.org/ytow…/1965-iron-belle-trail-public-meeting.
For more information on the Iron Belle Trail, visit http://www.michigan.gov/…/0,4570,7-153-10365_16839_71459—….
You can also view the interactive trail map.