Bring on the Mountain Bike Trails!

Mountain bikers in Harbor Springs and Petoskey have been eagerly awaiting a great trail to ride just outside of town. Thanks to a partnership between the Conservancy and the Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association (TOMMBA), the wait will not be much longer.

Located only 10 minutes southeast of Petoskey, the 236-acre Tanton Family Working Forest Reserve (WFR) is ideally located for residents and visitors. Positioned along Maxwell Road and directly east of the popular Allan and Virginia McCune Nature Preserve, the Tanton WFR offers rolling hills with steep ridges and sweeping valleys – a recipe for high adventure mountain biking!

A 6.29-mile trail system is planned. This trail will be multi-use, but optimized for mountain biking and will include one beginner trail, one intermediate trail, and one advanced trail.

To design and construct the trail system, LTC and TOMMBA have enlisted the talents of Rock Solid Trail Contracting, LLC. Rock Solid built the nationally-renowned Copper Harbor Trails and is recognized as one of the highest quality mountain bike trail building companies in the country. Fundraising for the trail has begun. If we are able to raise $200,000 by May 2020, trail construction is scheduled to begin that spring.

Mountain biking trails are also being noted for their contributions to a region’s economic growth. A recent study conducted at the Glacial Hills Pathway in Bellaire showed a clear correlation between the trail and economic benefits for that community, estimating an economic boost of $1.45 million annually for the city and county.

Would you like to learn more? Call the Conservancy at 231.347.0991 and ask for Emily.

To be riding next summer on this incredible trail, please make a gift today.

Donate

Photos courtesy of Latitude 45 and Rock Solid

Donate

Total Project Costs:      $200,000

Fundraising to date:          $163,100.61

Still Needed:                            $36,899.39‬

Tanton Family Working Forest Reserve
Springvale Township, MI

Donors

American Spoon
A.R. Pontius Flower Shop
Atchison Paper & Supply
Bill & Maxine Aten
The Back Lot
Will Baker
John & Sandy Baker
Drew Bartlett
Jim Bartlett
Cathy & Mark Bissell
Joe Blachy
Debbie Borgmann
Martha & Andrew Bowman
Willy, Brielle, and Henry Burris
Daniel & Laurel Clarke
Dr. & Mrs. Murray A. Cotter
Greg & Joyce Danforth
Karen & Mike Donnelly
Mark & Marie Eckstein
Edward Jones Investments: Mike Eberhart, Diana Eberhart
Evening Star Joinery
First Community Bank
Chris Ford & Ali Hill
Peter & Sarah Ford
Gaslight Group Properties
Great Lakes Energy
Peter & Sarah Gurney
Michael Hall
Stephen Harrington
Donald & Rhonda Hescott
High Gear
Mark & Mary Hramiec Hoffman
Emily Hughes & Joe Graham
Indian River Family Dentistry
Mr. Hugh M. Jacob & Mrs. Susan C. Jacob
Fred & Edie Kaufmann
Klepadlo Winnell Nuorala P.C.
Damian & Jenna Koehler
Margaret & Jason Kromm
Aliaksandr & Shafer Kurshuk
Beth Lancaster
Latitude 45 Bicycles and Fitness
Ric & Lisa Loyd
Drs. Vaughn & Harriet McGraw
Jeff & Tracy McMath
Joshua Robert Miller
Patrick Mullally
North Country Cycle Sport
Nub’s Nob
Offield Family Foundation
The Oleson Foundation
Marta and Peter Olson
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
Petoskey – Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
Patti Repasky
Re-Source Partners
Rocky’s Barber Shop LLC
Robert and Susan Schultz
Bill Seguin
Andi Shepherd
Aaron M. Smith
Jim Sprow
Stafford’s Hospitality
Mr. & Mrs. John Stewart
Jane and Paul Stewart
Scott & Molly Szpunar
Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association
Touring Gear
Trek Bicycle Corporation
Mr. Thomas E. Welch
Wentworth Builders, Inc.
Scott D. Whitcomb

Sponsors

Click here to see sponsorship benefits

Evening Star Joinery