Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsFred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park
|Location||Lower Peninsula, Kent County, Mecosta County, Montcalm County, Osceola County, Wexford County, Michigan USA|
|Nearest city||Big Rapids, Michigan|
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
|Length||92 mi (148 km)|
|Trailheads||Comstock Park, Michigan
|Use||Cycling, Hiking, Snow-mobiling, XC skiing|
|Website||Official site: http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=508&type=SPRK|
The trail extends from northern Grand Rapids to Cadillac, and it lies on the path graded for the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad (later absorbed by the Pennsylvania Railroad). The White Pine Trail is a rail trail park. It was named the "Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park" after a donation by grocery store executive Fred Meijer.
As the railroad ceased operation in the mid-1980s, the Michigan Department of Transportation came to own the rail bed. By 1994 the property was transferred to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which began replacing the rails with a trail for public recreational use.
The trail extends from Ann Street in Grand Rapids north to Cadillac. The trail has three paved sections: one extending 22 miles (35 km) between Comstock Park and Sand Lake, another 13-mile (21 km) stretch between Big Rapids and Reed City, and a 16-mile stretch between Leroy and Cadillac. The Michigan DNR paved 7.6 miles (12.2 km) of trail from Russel Road near Cedar Springs to Sand Lake during the summer of 2007. Unpaved sections of the trail are surfaced with packed gravel or cinders.
Snowmobiles are permitted on most of the trail, between Russell Road (near Cedar Springs) and South Street in Cadillac. Motorized wheel vehicles (other than personal accessibility devices) are not permitted.
Due to reduced public funding for state parks in Michigan, the trail's upkeep depends largely on volunteers, organized by Friends of the White Pine Trail. 
Communities Along Trail
The trail passes through the following communities:
- Comstock Park, Michigan
- Belmont, Michigan
- Rockford, Michigan
- Cedar Springs, Michigan
- Sand Lake, Michigan
- Pierson, Michigan
- Howard City, Michigan
- Morley, Michigan
- Stanwood, Michigan
- Big Rapids, Michigan
- Paris, Michigan
- Reed City, Michigan
- Ashton, Michigan
- Le Roy, Michigan
- Tustin, Michigan
- Cadillac, Michigan
Waypoints for the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park. ↑ in the Distance column points to the other waypoint that the distance is between.
|Cadillac, Michigan||Parking, Restroom|
|Waypoint 2||Parking, Restroom||↑ 2.2 miles (3.5 km)|
|Tustin, Michigan||Drinking Fountain, Restroom||↑ 8.5 miles (13.7 km)|
|Le Roy, Michigan||Drinking Fountain, Restroom||↑ 4.5 miles (7.2 km)|
|Reed City, Michigan||Drinking Fountain, Restroom||↑ 12 miles (19 km)|
|Paris, Michigan||Drinking Fountain, Restroom||↑ 6.2 miles (10.0 km)|
|Big Rapids, Michigan||↑ 5 miles (8.0 km)|
|Morley, Michigan||Drinking Fountain, Parking, Restroom||↑ 16 miles (26 km)|
|Howard City, Michigan||Drinking Fountain, Restroom||↑ 6.5 miles (10.5 km)|
|Cedar Springs, Michigan||Parking||↑ 16 miles (26 km)|
|Comstock Park, Michigan||↑ 12.1 miles (19.5 km)|
According to the Friends of the White Pine Trail, there are plans to extend the paved areas of the trail. The trail may also be connected to other trail systems in the state, including the Kent Trails system in Grand Rapids (currently connected with a designated bike route through the city between Butterworth Ave SW and the Fifth Third Ballpark,) Musketawa Trail, much as the White Pine Trail already connects with the Pere Marquette State Trail in Reed City.
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