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Summertime in Michigan can be one of the most wonderful and beautiful seasons in the state. Although there are plenty of things to do statewide, there’s a lot of exciting attractions in Traverse City. You can take in some sun at the Old Mission Lighthouse Park, visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, or even go on a wine tour in Downtown Traverse City. There’s also the National Cherry Festival from June 29th to July 6th.

However, sometimes it’s great to just get out and get some exercise. After all, there are plenty of amazing running trails in the city. A majority of the trails have breathtaking lakefront views and a plethora of wildlife. So, whether you’re jogging, running, or walking, you’ll be sure to enjoy every moment in tranquility.

The Best Places to Run in Traverse City

Vasa Trail

Vasa Trail is one of the most beautiful trails in the city and the most popular. It features a series of loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) for runners and joggers of all experience levels. The trail also has spectacular wildflowers. The North American Vasa cross-country ski race is held here along with the annual Iceman Cometh mountain bike race. Dogs are welcome on the trail but must be kept on a leash.

Tart Trail

The tart trail is an 11.7-mile-long paved recreation and transportation corridor that has an eastern endpoint in Acme Township and a western endpoint in Traverse City. The trail features a river and connects you to recreation areas, City Parks, Downtown Traverse City, and several bike shops. It also connects to Leelanau Trail. The tart trail also has amazing views of the West Grand Traverse Bay. There are a few public parking lots near the trail and public parking spaces near several parks. Dogs are welcome on this trail but must be kept on a leash.

Meadow Loop and Copper Ridge Trail

Meadow Loop and Copper Ridge Trail is 2.4 miles and has a lot of beautiful wildflowers. The trail is geared for moderately skilled hikers and joggers alike but is open to all. The trail features many scenic routes, bridges, meadows, and small rivers. Dogs are welcome on the trail but must be kept on a leash.

Fern Lake Loop

Fern Lake Loop is appropriately named for its access to Fern Lake. It’s a 2.4-mile loop and doesn’t suffer from overcrowding as most trails would. All experience levels are welcome here as its terrain is easy to traverse. With lakeside views and beautiful meadows, you’ll be sure to enjoy this dog-friendly trail.

The Best Places to Run in Traverse City

Boardman River Trail

The Boardman River Trail is a 24-mile trail that follows the Boardman River Valley from Traverse City to the North Country Trail. Alongside this trail, you will find lakes, scenic vistas, bridges, and boardwalks. It’s also ideal for hiking, bike camping, and backpacking. The trail connects to soccer fields, the Nature Education Reserve, and the YMCA.

Muncie Lakes Pathway

Muncie Lakes is an 8.6-mile looped trail that runs alongside Muncie Lakes and the Boardman River Valley. While the trail is of use to hikers and joggers, in the summertime it’s predominately used by mountain bikers. However, there’s a separate track for mountain bikers along this trail so pedestrians need not worry. The trail is dog-friendly and definitely worth a try.