Betsie Valley Trail

Betsie Valley Trail

Betsie Valley Trail is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and operated & maintained by Benzie County. Its scenic 22 miles extends from Frankfort, through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville. The entire trail is excellent for bicycles and pedestrians. Part of the trail from Beulah to Thompsonville is open to snowmobiles from December through March.

Difficulty: Beginner

  • Pavement/Hard Pack Surface
  • Benches along the route
  • Non-Motorized only
  • Restrooms at some trailheads

The Betsie Valley Trail is ideal for the first time hiker & biker because of its fairly flat terrain and access to communities along a 10+ mile paved trail network. This is perfect for an afternoon walk or bike ride with the entire family (small kids included)! The 6 miles from Frankfort to Mollineaux Rd. is asphalt and is good for roller blading. From Beulah to Thompsonville (13 miles) the compacted aggregate trail is open to snowmobiles from December through March. Pets are permitted on most parts of the Trail as long as they are on a leash and under control (see Section 4.02 of the Trail Ordinance). Pets (except leader dogs) are not permitted on the portion of the Trail between Mollineaux Road and Beulah (see Section 7.02 of the Trail Ordinance). Some of the trail amenities include pavement/hard surfaces, beaches along the route, restrooms at the trail heads, and allow only non-motorized transportation.

A great way to enjoy the entire trail in one day is to make arrangements with the Benzie Bus to be picked up at one location and transported to another, with your bicycles.  Reservations are required and be sure to let them know you’ll need a bus with a bike rack.

Other trails in Benzie County include the Betsie River Pathway in the Pere Marquette State Forest and the Lake Ann Pathway, plus several great trails with The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. More information and maps can be obtained from their website links.

The benevolent “Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail” is a non-profit corporation formed in 1993 “to advocate, promote and encourage the development and successful operation of a recreational trail on the former Ann Arbor Railroad corridor in Benzie County.” It is supportive in the efforts of the Michigan DNR and Benzie County in the maintenance and enjoyment of the trail.

For more trail information, maps and how to become a ‘Friend of the Betsie Valley Trail’ please visit the Betsie Valley Trail website.

 

Betsie Valley Trail Map

Betsie Valley Trail is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and operated & maintained by Benzie County. Its scenic 22 miles extends from Frankfort, through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville. The entire trail is excellent for bicycles and pedestrians. Part of the trail from Beulah to Thompsonville is open to snowmobiles from December through March.