The newest section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Fisher Road to Port Oneida Road opened Friday May 22 at 3:00 PM, ahead of schedule and just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The new trail segment will add about 3.5 miles to the 9.5 miles of previously completed trail. This portion of trail includes 600 feet of boardwalk over wetlands along the west side of Westman Road and will connect users to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. Check out the new interactive map on your computer or smartphone. It provides as much detail as you want about the trail conditions, parking, bathrooms, museums, and businesses along the trail. Check it out!
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Deputy Superintendent Tom Ulrich shared his enthusiasm for the new trail, “We are excited to have the newest section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail open in time for Memorial Day. It offers a beautiful ride through another part of the park, and takes you over wetlands, through forests, and into historic Port Oneida. The Heritage Trail has something for everyone to enjoy – so get up, get out there, and #findyourpark!”
In 2016 trail construction will resume and the trail will continue on to CR 669 (Bohemian) and eventually all the way to Good Harbor.
Locals and tourists alike are looking forward to getting on the trail and exploring the park in a whole new way. Matt Wiesen, owner of Crystal River Outfitters and the Cyclery knows first-hand the trail’s appeal and impact on the community. According to Wiesen, “The opening of the new portion of the Heritage Trail is very exciting for Glen Arbor. This is yet another segment that allows us to showcase this region’s natural beauty. The Heritage Trail continues to be a wonderful asset to both residents and visitors allowing them to get back within the National Parks boundaries and recreate. It’s exciting to see cycling continue to grow as it benefits all of the merchants in Glen Arbor and allows us to attract visitors year round!”
The public is invited to attend the official ribbon cutting for the new section of trail on June 17, 11:00 AM at Olsen Farm in Port Oneida.