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 and our goal of $200,000 has been surpassed! Trail construction is scheduled to begin between June and July with an 8-week construction timeline.

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.

All additional gifts will go to making the trail even better! That means excellent trail signs, quality parking area, and long-term trail maintenance.

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.

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Photos courtesy of Latitude 45 and Rock Solid

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Fundraising to date:          $217,000.61!!

Tanton Family Working Forest Reserve
Springvale Township, MI

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American Spoon
Mark & Denise Antonishen
A.R. Pontius Flower Shop
Atchison Paper & Supply
Bill & Maxine Aten
The Back Lot
Will Baker
John & Sandy Baker
Drew Bartlett
Jim Bartlett
Bayside Family & Sports Medicine
Steve & Kathy Biggs
Cathy & Mark Bissell
Joe Blachy
Erik & Ann Borgen
Debbie Borgmann
Martha & Andrew Bowman
Willy, Brielle, and Henry Burris
The Buza Family
Mike Calabrese
Daniel & Laurel Clarke
Dr. & Mrs. Murray A. Cotter
Greg & Joyce Danforth
Sam DeCamp
Decka Digital
James & Jennifer Dilworth
Karen & Mike Donnelly
Doornbos Family
Dean & Cheryl Dryer
Thomas J Earl
Mark & Marie Eckstein
Edward Jones Investments: Mike Eberhart, Diana Eberhart
John Engel
Evening Star Joinery
First Community Bank
Chris Ford & Ali Hill
Peter & Sarah Ford
Paul & Claire Forney
Cathy and David Frazee
Gaslight Group Properties
Graham Real Estate Inc. Community Fund
Leo & Yuki Graham Foundation
Great Lakes Energy
Peter & Sarah Gurney
Paul Hagan
Michael Hall
Stephen Harrington
Donald & Rhonda Hescott
High Gear
“The Highlander” Mountain Bike Race
Judith & Richard Hitz
Mark & Mary Hramiec Hoffman
Emily Hughes, Joe & Ember Graham
Indian River Family Dentistry
Brendan & Catherine Ingalls family
Mr. Hugh M. Jacob & Mrs. Susan C. Jacob
Johanna Jansen
Chuck & Lynette Johnson
Sara & Zach Jonker
Mr. Louis W. Kasischke
Fred & Edie Kaufmann
Kilwins Chocolates Franchise
Klepadlo Winnell Nuorala P.C.
Damian & Jenna Koehler
Margaret & Jason Kromm
Aliaksandr & Shafer Kurshuk
Beth Lancaster
Latitude 45 Bicycles and Fitness
Ric & Lisa Loyd
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Manthei
Darlene & Dudley Marvin
Drs. Vaughn & Harriet McGraw
Jeff & Tracy McMath
Hugh Melling and Denise Simon
David Miller
Joshua Robert Miller
Capt. William Moore
Patrick Mullally
Meredith and Rick Neumann
Norm’s Roofing
North Country Cycle Sport
Nub’s Nob
Offield Family Foundation
The Oleson Foundation
Marta & Peter Olson
Ottimer Painting
Elizabeth Pascoe
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
Petoskey Brewing
Petoskey – Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
Polly’s Planting and Plucking
Tom & Sarah Post
Lauren Walsh & Steve Radecki
Patti Repasky
Re-Source Partners
John Richardson
Rocky’s Barber Shop LLC
David Rynbrandt
Robert & Susan Schultz
Turner & Boden Schultz
The Scriven Family
Bill Seguin
Andi Shepherd
Dave & Ruth Skop
Aaron M. Smith
Gregory B. & Pamela K. Smith: in memory of George B. & Mary Elizabeth Smith
Jim Sprow
Stafford’s Hospitality
Mr. & Mrs. John Stewart
Jane and Paul Stewart
William & Lucy Stubbings
Scott & Molly Szpunar
Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association
Touring Gear
Trek Bicycle Corporation
Mr. Thomas E. Welch
Wentworth Builders, Inc.
Scott D. Whitcomb
Bentley Whitman
Hal & Gail Willens