Little Traverse Wheelway
Long-awaited construction of the Gateway to Harbor segment of the Little Traverse Wheelway is expected to be completed this summer. The segment starts where the Wheelway now ends at Little Traverse Township Park at the Harbor Springs Airport and will end at a trailhead to be established near Hoyt and Lake Streets on the city's east side. When this project is finished the Wheelway will be fairly considered "built out," 23 miles of dedicated trail, 26 miles from downtown Charlevoix to downtown Harbor Springs.
The "Bike Path", as it is locally called, runs 23 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The trail is mostly dedicated and mostly asphalt. It is currently the best developed and most suburbanof our trunk line trails. The part between Petoskey's Bayfront Park to Petoskey State Park follows closely the path of the original LTW that stretched from Petoskey to Harbor Springs in the 1880s and 90s. A gate over the trail at the east end of Bayfront Park replicates the original gate that stood at nearly the same spot. Two other identical gates have been built to the west on Petoskey's portion of the trail.
In late 2008 construction was completed on the 1.4 mile "Resort Bluffs" segment between East Park in Bay Harbor and Magnus Park in Petoskey. This new trail replaces the "road shoulder "segment that had forced users up onto US 31.
Distance: 23 Miles
Trail Surface: Trail currently ends at Little Traverse Twp. Park at the Harbor Springs Airport, construction to Harbor Springs in fall 2009, asphalt
Horses: Not Permitted
Snowmobiles: Not Permitted