Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI) volunteers are working with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s (WCPARC) Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) team, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC), and other state and local government agencies to develop new non-motorized trail segments. With the support of the entire community, these trail segments will ultimately complete the B2B throughout Washtenaw County and beyond. The B2B is part of the Michigan Iron Belle Trail, a state-wide trail system. Check back often for trail project updates!
Border-to-Border Trail System Overview
The completed B2B will feature The Huron River Greenway with eight themed bridges spanning the Huron River between Ann Arbor and Dexter, and The Huron Waterloo Loop, a continuous 44-mile pathway passing through the Waterloo and Pinckney State Recreational Areas and including a portion of the existing Lakelands Trail. By connecting and showcasing our communities, the HWPI hopes to encourage healthy and active lifestyles, while also promoting economic development.
Chelsea – Stockbridge Connector Phase 1
Construction is scheduled to start March 5, 2018 and will continue all summer, with “substantial” completion expected this fall. This will be the first new B2B trail section that HWPI has been involved with, securing both public and private funding, and working with an engineering firm and several governmental entities. This section of The Loop will run between the new roundabout at M-52 and Werkner Road and Green Lake Campground, with access to the DTE Energy Foundation Trail, a five loop, 20+ mile mountain bike trail system in the Waterloo Recreation Area.
Dexter – Ann Arbor Connector
Once completed, the Dexter – Ann Arbor Connector will feature eight cultural, educational, and historical themed bridges crossing the scenic Huron River. A destination itself, this trail section of The Huron River Greenway will provide non-motorized access from Ann Arbor to the B2B trails of western Washtenaw County.
Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail – Belle Isle to Ironwood
In his 2012 speech, Ensuring our Future: Energy and the Environment, to Michiganders and the Michigan Legislature, Governor Rick Snyder set a goal to make Michigan the Trail State. In what has become known as the Governor’s Showcase Trail, Governor Snyder called for “a showcase trail that … pulls together private and public trails into a signature Pure Michigan experience.”
By connecting to the Lakelands State Trail, which is an existing trail segment of the Iron Belle Trail, The Loop will connect the communities of Dexter, Chelsea, and Stockbridge, and the Waterloo and Pinckney State Recreational Areas to the Governor’s Showcase Trail.