Nakwema Trailway

The Nakwema (nah-KWAY-mah) Trailway spans over 45 miles, joining Charlevoix and Traverse City – in between and beyond. Nakwema, Ojibwe for “where paths connect,” follows long-ago established routes through the waters and woods of northwest Lower Michigan, allowing active access to the pristine land and waterscapes that have captivated us for centuries. This landmark trailway in turn connects a 325-mile trail network that spans across the state, creating one of the largest trail systems in the nation. Explore and honor the beautiful land, water, and people connected throughout this corridor. Find your way on the Nakwema Trailway.

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