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.

Length: 24.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Western Lower Michigan
State(s): Michigan
Counties: Ottawa, Muskegon
Longitude: -85.80803
Latitude: 43.0469

Driving Directions

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%
Maximum Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 632
Elevation High Point: 740
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2008

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Musketawa Trail
Website: Friends of the Musketawa Trail Facebook Page

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:
Oscar Reed
Trail Manager - Muskegon County
Muskegon County - West Shore Snowmobile Council
c/o Friends of the Musketawa Trail
PO Box 5082
N Muskegon , MI 49445
(616) 510-6025
MusketawaTrail@gmail.com
http://www.MusketawaTrail.org

Information Contact:
Friends of the Musketawa Trail
PO Box 5082
N Muskegon , MI 49445 MusketawaTrail@gmail.com
http://www.musketawatrail.org

Trail Management:
George Czinder
Trail Manager - Muskegon County
Muskegon County - West Shore Snowmobile Council
c/o Friends of the Musketawa Trail
PO Box 5082
N Muskegon , MI 49445
(616) 510-6025
GeorgeCzinder@yahoo.com
http://www.MusketawaTrail.org

Trail Management:
Anne Engvall
Trail Manager - Ottawa County
Ottawa County - Ottawa County Parks & Recreation
c/o Friends of the Musketawa Trail
PO Box 5082
N Muskegon , MI 49445
(616) 638-6542
aengvall@miottawa.org
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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