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Michigan is home to so many wonderful trail systems that you could spend a summer making weekend excursions to hit them all. And you should! One trail system that needs to be on your list, of course, is Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association. There’s a lot more than the rejuvenated Vasa Singletrack, too. With over 50 miles of unmarked singletrack in Traverse City, a completely different experience at Palmer Woods in Leelanau County, plus Cadillac Pathway and Glacial Hills, you might need more than a weekend!
Our look at Michigan's mountain bike associations across the state brings us to the southwest corner of the state! SWMMA offers some great trails that serve a wide region, with Fort Custer remaining one of the top destinations in the Midwest. In 2020, they faced many of the same challenges all of us faced, perhaps maybe even tougher by the dispersed population centers that made communicating and connected tough when relegated exclusively online. In 2021, SWMMBA is looking to add more trail, but also reinvest in their members and community to bring people together in the woods.
We’re rolling on with a look at some of the unique challenges and ambitious projects of our affiliate chapters in 2021. Like so many organizations, last year added plenty of additional hurdles for trail associations, and that was certainly true for the folks at Munising Bay Trail Network. Rhonda let us know what made things a little tougher in 2020, and what’s on the horizon for MBTN as we inch closer to spring.
Located near Holland and Grand Haven, Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association offers a unique blend of trail systems on the lakeshore. Like their neighbor, West Michigan Mountain Bike Association, MEMBA also works with a diverse assortment of land managers, too. With both private and public owners, seasonal trails, and the challenges that face all trail groups, MEMBA shows the value of strong, committed relationships to ensure access and growth. We checked in to see how 2020 went and what the organization is looking ahead to in 2021.
Located in the very heart of the state, Mid-Michigan Mountain Bike Association has worked hard to expand and improve the quality of trails in their region, but also to build a bigger, more cohesive community. Like every trail association, 2020 offered a number of challenges in safely bringing those people together for group rides and volunteer events. That's one of the big focuses of the new year, especially with some ambitious plans on the docket!