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Outdoor Recreation


It’s not exactly a secret that the Grand Traverse Region offers unparalleled options for outdoor recreation in all four seasons. For residents not bound to weekends and vacations, the options are endless.

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Acres of lakes in G.T. County
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Traverse City residents, Haley & Sam, relocated to northern Michigan after years living in Hawaii. Hear from them about what they love about living here, and how they appreciate the seasons living on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Many – but not all – Regional recreational resources

The TART Trails network currently consists of several multi-use trails in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties as well as a cross-town bike route

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has protected more than 44,000 acres of land and 140 miles of shoreline along the region’s exceptional rivers, lakes, and streams.

Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Explore our 28 natural areas and preserves, offering hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

The City of Traverse City Parks and Recreation Division provides a wide array of park facilities and programs for its citizens and guests to enjoy, including the Hickory Hills Recreation Area.

The Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation Network (PRN) is a network of partners that promote healthy lifestyles and an active community through the programs, parks, and places they manage.

Mt. Holiday, a nonprofit organization, provides four seasons of outdoor recreation.

The Traverse City Track Club promotes and encourages health, fitness, fellowship, community service, family recreation, and competition via running and walking. We welcome all ages and abilities.

Norte is dedicated to building stronger, better connected, and more walk/bike-friendly communities by empowering the young and young at heart.

The mission of Vasa Ski Club is to promote
​access and enjoyment of Nordic skiing through
instruction, recreation, and community.

The Grand Traverse Ski Club is a volunteer-run, non-profit club dedicated to offering quality instructional ski and ski racing programs for skiers ages 5-14 at an economical price. 

Traverse Area Community Sailing’s mission is to provide sailing opportunities for the Grand Traverse Region.

The Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation site offers reservations, maps & directions, and information on senior centers, and more.

The Best HIkes in the U.S. Condé nast Traveler


Photography by Allen Kent Photography and Sam & Laura Brown.