Welcome To The:
Friends Of The White Pine Trail Website
And The
 Fred Meijer White Pine Trail
State Park
This site is owned and operated by the "Friends of the White Pine Trail"

Meeting Schedule For 2020

Friends of the White Pine Trail meetings will normally be held at 7 p.m.

For a complete listing of meeting dates and locations please click HERE

Michigan Trails Week


White Pine Trail Fundraiser

The week of September 20 – 27, is Michigan Trails Week. Michigan has over 13,000 miles of diverse, designated, state-managed trails, plus thousands of miles of local, county and federally managed trails. 

The Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance and the Michigan DNR is challenging Michigan residents to collectively bike, hike, run or walk 100,000 miles during Trail Week. The Friends of The White Pine Trail is fortunate to have been chosen as one of only six trails statewide to allow donations to be made directly during this Trails Week Challenge. 

The 92-mile White Pine Trail which runs from northern Grand Rapids (Comstock Park) north to Cadillac, is one of only three Michigan “Rails–to-Trails” that is on the “Top 100 Rails–to–Trails in the US” list, according to the national Rails–to–Trails Conservatory. While this is a scenic trail that goes through rolling farmland, 15 rural communities, crosses 22 rivers and streams, contains several bridges, including one 300 feet long, we have 29 miles of the trail that still needs to be paved. 

While we have funds to complete a section of the 29 miles, we still need additional funds to complete this project. All funds raised during this Trails Week Challenge will be used as matching funds toward foundation, business and other agency funds we receive. The total projected cost of the 29 miles is $6 million and while that is a lot of money, every single contribution is helpful and most appreciated! The Friends volunteer group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. So, if at all possible, contribute toward the 100,000 mile goal during Michigan Trails Week by getting outdoors, but in either case, please consider donating to the completion of the White Pine Trail by going to this link, click on “Give to Trails” on the upper right and select “Friends of the White Pine Trail.” 


Summer Is Ending & We Are In A Holding Pattern
Due To The Virus Lock-down!

New Funds Have Become Available
(The "Long Term Results" Of The Meeting Discussed In The Next Section On This Page)
$3,000,000 Was Appropriated By The Legislature
There Is 29 Miles Left To Pave!!!
The Appropriation Is Not Enough To Finish The Entire Un-paved Areas Of The Trail!

The "Friends" are working with several entities to raise the funds needed to finish the trail paving.

Please Check Back As We Will Have Updates!

Meeting On Paving, 10 June 2015, 7:00 PM
Hosted by Senator Peter MacGregor
Plainfield Township Offices

To All Those Trail Supporters That Came!
Your Support For Hard Surface Paving 
Of The Trail Paid Off
We Are Working With The MDNR
To Move Forward On Total Paving 

Fund Raising For Paving Of The Trail Has Begun

Major Donors To Date:
Rapid Wheelmen                                                        $877.00

Total To Date                                                                $877.00
You are now able to use PayPal to Donate!

 New Page Added and Under Construction with More Data Coming Soon
Contacting Your Legislators
Go to this page to get more information and helpful hints to assist you!
Click HERE

Fred Meijer New Year's Day Resolution Walk
The annual Fred Meijer New Year's Day Resolution Walk was another success!
People and well behaved dogs joined us on an excellent stroll on the trail to Childsdale Rd and back.
As always there were refreshments awaiting the return.
We hope to see you there next year as that will be 20th anniversary of the event! 

New Trail Head
Buffalo Park, just south of the Village of Stanwood has opened their gates to allow people to use the park as a trailhead for users of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail! 
This is a joint effort between the local township and the village, they are excited and hopeful that this will bring more people to the Stanwood area and their businesses. 

 About This Site:


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We have attempted to provide any information you may need as a trail user; or a person interested in the "Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park!  If you cannot find what you want / need please e-mail or call the chairman whose contact information is near the bottom of the side-bar.


If you should find a problem, deficiency, or have suggestions with this site,  please inform us by clicking HERE.

We very much appreciate your feedback to us!


Trail Location

The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail is Michigan's longest rail/trail stretching a distance of 92 miles on the former Grand Rapids and Indiana rail bed.  The trail reaches from the north end of Grand Rapids (just south of the 5th/3rd Ballpark) into the city of Cadillac.  Future plans for other Michigan trail systems include intersecting with the White Pine establishing it as the backbone of the Michigan rail-trail system.


Trail Surface


The trail is surfaced with asphalt pavement from North Park Street at the north end of Grand Rapids, with a loop capability around the 5th/3rd Ballpark and through the community of Comstock Park; north to the village of Sand Lake; a distance of nearly 22 miles.


A short section of about 5/8 of a mile of asphalt pavement exists through Howard City.


The 41 miles between Big Rapids and Cadillac are completely asphalt paved.


The remaining 29 miles of the trail is surfaced with packed gravel or cinders with pavement planned for the future.  Riders with hybrid and mountain bikes will find the entire trail very enjoyable.


The complete trail is ADA compliant; with no grades greater than 5%; and at this point the only place where the grade is even close to the 5% is the approaches to the bridge over West River Road; located between Comstock Park and Belmont!




Trail Uses


The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park is considered to be a non - motorized trail; and that also means there are rules / guidelines on trail use!  Listed below are the overall approved and non - approved uses.


Bicycling - (non-motorized) is approved for all seasons - no exceptions


Walking - is approved for all seasons - no exceptions


Running / Jogging - is approved for all seasons - no exceptions


Skating - is approved for all seasons - no exceptions


Skiing - is approved for all seasons - no exceptions


Snowmobiling - is approved with the following conditions: 

· North of the Russell Road Staging area

· Minimum of 6” of snow on all areas of the trail

· Observe posted speed limits and community regulations




Dogs - Allowed but must be on a leash


Hunting - Not allowed in the State Park


Events - The “Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park” is first and foremost a trail for the casual user!  The trail was not intended or designed for major fund-raising events.


If you are planning on having an event you must get a “use permit” from the park manager.


Additionally your event must not close the trail and you must inform your participants that the casual user has the right to be there and must be respected.


The “Friends” is currently the major entity maintaining the trail; and your event is the beneficiary if you have it on the trail!  Please consider a small portion of your proceeds to help the “Friends” make the trail a great place for all approved users.





During the winter months the trail has varied uses, and everyone must respect the other users, the snowmobilers, and other approved users can co-mingle on the trail if everyone respects other’s right to be there!


   Archived News

Annual - Fred Meijer New Year's Day Resolution Walk
For pictures of past "Walks" click HERE 
The cost is "0", donations to help with the cost is appreciated! 
We hope to see you there!

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