Great Lake-to-Lake Trails
The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance began the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Project in 2009 with a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation to accelerate the development of cross-state trails while enhancing tourism and economic development opportunities.
Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1
The Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1 is a 275-mile shared use trail across Michigan’s southern Lower Peninsula that links Lakes Michigan and Huron while featuring pastoral farms and woodlots mingled with small towns and major cities. The linear destination trail connects visitors to nature while fostering healthy, sustainable and prosperous communities from South Haven to Port Huron. Route #1 is one of five Great Lake-to-Lake Trails that the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance intends to develop. The completion of Route #1 has been funded by philanthropist Mike Levine and a generous grant of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is the statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan. Its vision is an active outdoor lifestyle in Michigan.
Mike Levine is an inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Pinckney resident, and above all a tireless supporter of the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1 and Michigan trails movement in general. He has pledged his time, his passion and millions of dollars to expand and improve trails throughout the state. Mike Levine is a citizen steward who believes deeply in the vital role that trails play in making Michigan a better place to live, work and play. He was recognized by the state for his commitment to our trails by the renaming of the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park in May of 2018.
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grant-making organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. believed effective change should make an impact from the start, yet carry long into the future so he earmarked monies from the sale of his estate and beloved Buffalo Bills to fund his namesake foundation. The Foundation began operations in 2015 to continue his legacy of generosity and innovation, healthy risk taking and collaboration, and an unshakable community focus.