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Welcome To The:
Friends Of The White Pine Trail Website
And The
 Fred Meijer White Pine Trail
State Park
This site is owned and operated by the "Friends of the White Pine Trail"



Meeting Schedule For 2019

Friends of the White Pine Trail meetings (2018) will be held at 7 p.m.

For a complete listing of meeting dates and locations please click HERE



New Funds Have Become Available
(The "Long Term Results" Of The Meeting Discussed In The Next Section On This Page)
$3,000,000 Was Appropriated By The Legislature
There Is 29 Miles Left To Pave!!!
The Appropriation Is Not Enough To Finish The Entire Un-paved Areas Of The Trail!

The "Friends" are working with several entities to raise the funds needed to finish the trail paving.

Please Check Back As We Will Have Updates!

 
 
Meeting On Paving, 10 June 2015, 7:00 PM
Hosted by Senator Peter MacGregor
Plainfield Township Offices

To All Those Trail Supporters That Came!
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Your Support For Hard Surface Paving 
Of The Trail Paid Off
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We Are Working With The MDNR
To Move Forward On Total Paving 

Fund Raising For Paving Of The Trail Has Begun

Major Donors To Date:
Rapid Wheelmen                                                        $877.00




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Total To Date                                                                $877.00
 
You are now able to use PayPal to Donate!
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 New Page Added and Under Construction with More Data Coming Soon
Contacting Your Legislators
Go to this page to get more information and helpful hints to assist you!
Click HERE

Fred Meijer New Year's Day Resolution Walk
 
The annual Fred Meijer New Year's Day Resolution Walk is on schedule for January 1, 2020!
 
People and well behaved dogs are welcome join us on an excellent stroll on the trail to 12 Mile Rd and back.
 
As always there will be refreshments awaiting the return.
 
We will have a mass - start at 10:00 am from the Rotary Pavilion in Beautiful downtown Rockford!
 
We hope to see you there next year as that will be 18th anniversary of the event! 
 
 
  

 

New Trail Head
 
Buffalo Park, just south of the Village of Stanwood has opened their gates to allow people to use the park as a trailhead for users of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail! 
 
This is a joint effort between the local township and the village, they are excited and hopeful that this will bring more people to the Stanwood area and their businesses. 
 

 About This Site:

 

<-- Please use the "Navigate To" in the side-bar to the left to find any information that you may need!

 

We have attempted to provide any information you may need as a trail user; or a person interested in the "Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park!  If you cannot find what you want / need please e-mail or call the chairman whose contact information is near the bottom of the side-bar.

 

If you should find a problem, deficiency, or have suggestions with this site,  please inform us by clicking HERE.

We very much appreciate your feedback to us!



 

Trail Location
 

The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail is Michigan's longest rail/trail stretching a distance of 92 miles on the former Grand Rapids and Indiana rail bed.  The trail reaches from the north end of Grand Rapids (just south of the 5th/3rd Ballpark) into the city of Cadillac.  Future plans for other Michigan trail systems include intersecting with the White Pine establishing it as the backbone of the Michigan rail-trail system.

  

 
Trail Surface

 

The trail is surfaced with asphalt pavement from North Park Street at the north end of Grand Rapids, with a loop capability around the 5th/3rd Ballpark and through the community of Comstock Park; north to the village of Sand Lake; a distance of nearly 22 miles.

 

A short section of about 5/8 of a mile of asphalt pavement exists through Howard City.

 

There is also a 13 mile section of asphalt pavement between Big Rapids and Reed City.

 

As of late 2010 there are an additional 17 miles of new pavement from Cadillac to just south of LeRoy along with an older 1 mile section of asphalt at the very northern end of the trail in Cadillac.

 

The remaining 44 miles of the trail is surfaced with packed gravel or cinders with pavement planned for the future.  Riders with hybrid and mountain bikes will find the entire trail very enjoyable.

 

The complete trail is ADA compliant; with no grades greater than 5%; and at this point the only place where the grade is even close to the 5% is the approaches to the bridge over West River Road; located between Comstock Park and Belmont!

 

  


 

Trail Uses

 

The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park is considered to be a non - motorized trail; and that also means there are rules / guidelines on trail use!  Listed below are the overall approved and non - approved uses.

 

Bicycling - (non-motorized) is approved for all seasons - no exceptions

 

Walking - is approved for all seasons - no exceptions

 

Running / Jogging - is approved for all seasons - no exceptions

 

Skating - is approved for all seasons - no exceptions

 

Skiing - is approved for all seasons - no exceptions

 

Snowmobiling - is approved with the following conditions: 

· North of the Russell Road Staging area

· Minimum of 6” of snow on all areas of the trail

· Observe posted speed limits and community regulations

 

Horses - NOT ALLOWED

 

Dogs - Allowed but must be on a leash

 

Hunting - Not allowed in the State Park

 

Events - The “Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park” is first and foremost a trail for the casual user!  The trail was not intended or designed for major fund-raising events.

 

If you are planning on having an event you must get a “use permit” from the park manager.

 

Additionally your event must not close the trail and you must inform your participants that the casual user has the right to be there and must be respected.

 

The “Friends” is currently the major entity maintaining the trail; and your event is the beneficiary if you have it on the trail!  Please consider a small portion of your proceeds to help the “Friends” make the trail a great place for all approved users.

 

 

Winter

 

During the winter months the trail has varied uses, and everyone must respect the other users, the snowmobilers, and other approved users can co-mingle on the trail if everyone respects other’s right to be there!





 

 
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Annual - Fred Meijer New Year's Day Resolution Walk
 
For pictures of past "Walks" click HERE 
 
The cost is "0", donations to help with the cost is appreciated! 
 
We hope to see you there!
 
  

 

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