Vasa Pathway

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing

  • Length: 31.04 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Groomed: Yes
  • Bike Type: , Mountain: Single Tr, Mountain
  • Organization: Michigan DNR and TART Trails
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Located in the Pere Marquette State Forest, the Vasa Pathway features a series of loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) that offer a variety of challenges from easy to difficult. Cross-country skiers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and naturalists enjoy the Vasa Pathway. The trails is mostly all in the woods and has a good number of hills. 

The non-profit, TART, maintains and grooms the trails for cross-country skiing (both skating and classic). Most of the property is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Grand Traverse County owns approximately 40 acres including the main trailhead, parking lot, restroom facilities and warming area. The trailhead and parking are located off of Bartlett Road. From US-31, take Bunker Hill Rd. to Bartlett Rd and turn right. The entrance is down on the left. The Vasa's singletrack entrance is located off of Supply Road. The trails can also be access from the Timber Ridge RV Resort and Campground, which has its own, lighted two-kilometer trail loop for night skiing during the winter (December through March).


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

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  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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