Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail will stretch for hundreds of miles through the state, running from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula along the border with Wisconsin.
The trail will provide a 1,259-mile hiking route and a 774-mile bicycling route. A large portion of it follows the existing North Country National Scenic Trail, which runs from the New York-Vermont border to central North Dakota. The Department of Natural Resources has begun planning for a summer 2015 opening of significant portions of the trail. This statewide trail will be similar to the North Country National Scenic Trail, which opened with temporary connectors that were made permanent as resources became available. As of January 2015, 69% of the hiking route and 64% of the bicycling route are complete. The biking trail will follow multiple new trails plus existing trails including the Paint Creek Trail in Oakland County, the North Central State Trail between Gaylord and Mackinaw City, and the U.S. Bicycle Route 10 in the Upper Peninsula parallel to U.S. Highway 2 between St. Ignace and Ironwood.