About the Top of Michigan Trails Council

Top of Michigan Trails Council

Our Mission

Our mission is to advocate for and facilitate the development and maintenance of a safe, multi-use, year-round recreational trail system in Northern Michigan; and to promote the maintenance and use of these trails for the benefit of all.

2021 Annual Report

Brent Bolin
Executive Director

As Executive Director, Brent leads TOMTC’s work Advocating, Maintaining and Promoting trails in Northern Michigan. He comes to us from a long career in clean water advocacy, most recently as Regional Director with the national non-profit organization Clean Water Action. His wife Danielle is a Northern Michigan native and they are excited to have realized their dream of living in Petoskey. Away from the office Brent enjoys playing ice hockey and trying to keep up with his son David on hiking, biking, and camping adventures.

Eric Cox
Relationship Builder

As Relationship Builder, Eric Cox, TOMTC’s newest hire, is responsible for developing new Trails Council partnerships and nurturing existing ones, in addition to assisting with communications needs. After a long career in newspaper journalism, this former publisher still freelances as a writer, photographer and editor. An Indiana native, Eric lives in Petoskey with his wife, Stacy. They enjoy exploring Northern Michigan via bicycle, walking, and hiking as well as spending time with family.

Our History

Becca Nelson
Associate Director

As Associate Director, Becca works on the coordination of programming for the Top of Michigan Trails Council. Joining the team in 2019, her favorite activity on the trails is running. She is a Petoskey native who found herself returning to the area many times over, and is excited to combine her love of trails with the vitality of the area she feels lucky to call home. When not at work she can be found exploring with her husband, Trevor, and dog, Clara, paddle boarding, or making a mess in the kitchen, loving to both cook and bake.

Trails Council Committees

Trail Committees

TOMTC partners with local committees to develop new rights of way and to improve the ones we have. Local committees are always seeking volunteers to help make the organizations more effective.  As a 501 (c) 3 corporation, TOMTC supports trail committees and acts as the fiduciary agent for those committees.  Some of the trail committees that we are working with include the Boyne City to Charlevoix, Burt Lake Trail, Charlevoix to Traverse City, Boyne Valley Trailway, Little Traverse Wheelway, and Friends of the North Central State Trail committees.