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Welcome to Top of Michigan Trails Council

Our mission is to advocate for and facilitate the development of a safe, multi-use, year-round recreational trail system in Northern Michigan. Our system of trails encompasses a seven-county area, and connects residents and visitors with communities and attractions throughout this area. These trails have become a drawing card for tourists and new residents in northern Michigan.  Click HERE to find information about all of our trails.

If you want to find information about all the trails of Northern Michigan--including land, water and cultural trails--you might want to visit Up North Trails, a website the Trails Council helped to create.


Photo Courtesy Charles O'Neill


Kids Biking Club registration HERE!


Stafford's Top of Michigan Community Marathon & 10K

Click HERE for 2016  Race Results  

Click HERE to view a video of the Marathon             



June 6 - 10, 2016

Smart Commute Week is a celebration of alternative transportation held during the first week of June. The week consists of events promoting cycling, walking, taking the bus and carpooling. Generous restaurants are offering free daily breakfasts at various locations for smart commuters. Every year community members and businesses challenge each other to a friendly competition known as the Commuter Cup Challenge. Register your team and rally them to get involved. Our sponsors have offered prizes, including the grand prize of a bicycle donated by Latitude 45. The week wraps up with a party and awards ceremony on Friday, June 10 in Pennsylvania Park. For more information about our sponsors, click here.

As of June 3rd, registration is no longer open for workplace teams, other groups and individuals. Watch for daily results HERE, June 6 through 9. And join us for the awards ceremony from noon to 1:00 p.m. on June 10th in Pennsylvania Park. 

And take the time to get inspired to Commute Smartly by watching this VIDEO from our friends at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Boogie with us!


Many thanks to our corporate sponsors that make this website possible! Please visit their sites by clicking on the logos at the bottom of this page. If you do business with one of these establishments, please mention that you saw them listed as a community supporter of our trails system!

Top Stories

  • Top of Michigan Trails Council Sponsors Marathon on Little Traverse Wheelway in 2016

    The Top of Michigan Trails Council is sponsoring a marathon from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs on the Little Traverse Wheelway on May 28, 2016. Information and registration for the race is now available. The registration fee for runners is currently $85.

  • Trails Council Launches Volunteer Program

    The Top of Michigan Trails Council needs a strong, vibrant team of volunteers to help us grow and maintain our trail system. Exciting events are approaching that will require capable volunteers: The Top of Michigan Community Marathon on May 28; TOMTC's annual meeting on June 23; the Grand Opening of the North Central State Trail; and a variety of community festivals in which we will promote our trails.

  • Smart Commute Emmet 2016

    Click on the headline to get more information about Smart Commute Emmet 2016 and register for this year's Commuter Cup Challenge.

Website Sponsored in part by:






These businesses have also donated to support the work of the Trails Council:

Moran Iron Works
Bearcub Outfitters
Comfort Inn of Petoskey
Bay Inn of Petoskey

Please mention that you saw their business name here, and thank them for their support of northern Michigan trails!