DNR expands winter recreation opportunities

Cross-country skiers enjoy the Cadillac winter sports trail that served as the model for the new winter sports trail open to hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and fat-tire bikers at Leelanau State Park. Photo Courtesy: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Winter is here and so is the time to get outdoors -- that is if you like the cold and snow.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is expanding winter recreation opportunities at Leelanau State Park this year.

The expansion will include a new, marked winter sports trail that will be open to hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and fat-tire bikers.

The new trail route will be open from December 1st to April 1st. It will follow old logging roads and is open to non-motorized recreation.

Fat-tire bikes will only be allowed if there is 6 inches or more of snow.

"The new winter sports trail is an incredible addition to the park," said Kasey Mahony, supervisor at Leelanau State Park. "The volunteers have been at the heart of this project and the DNR would like to thank them. In particular, we would like to recognize the Northern Michigan Mountain Biking Association for their involvement in every aspect of the project from volunteer coordination to providing and posting grooming reports."

If you would like to keep up with the trails and how often they are being groomed, click here.

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