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Fred Meijer Mid West Michigan Trail Network

West Michigan's growing network of interconnected non-motorized trails would not have been possible without the vision, passion and financial support of the late Fred Meijer, the man most famous for building the superstore chain that bears his name.

His involvement in the trails movement began in 1994 when the CSX Railroad corridor from Greenville to Alma was abandoned and Fred purchased it for public use. Today, the 45.8-mile Fred Meijer Heartland Trail travels through the heart of Michigan farm country, where Fred grew up working on his father's dairy farm and family grocery store in Greenville. The entire trail is now completely paved with asphalt and nicely maintained.

Following his initial purchase of the CSX Railroad corrider, Fred made a $3 million lead challenge gift to a capital campaign to the West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition to build, connect and add even more green infrastructure throughout the region. The first of many gifts and donations.

"It's critical that we secure railroad rights of way at the earliest possible time. Once they are gone the opportunity to incorporate them into the trail system is lost forever," Fred said.

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail is now part of a much larger trail network that will someday connect Alma to Owosso, creating a 125-mile trail that will be the fifth-largest continuous rail trail in the nation. In 2010, the entire length of abandoned railroad right-of-way from Greenville to Owosso was acquired through a coalition of local governments, the Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, and the Meijer Foundation. This 125-mile corridor has been named the Fred Meijer Mid West Michigan Trail Network in his honor.

As of this year, much of the new rail trail network has been developed and ready for public use, while other sections of the trail are currently under development or seeking funding. The Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail, from Saranac to Ionia, was completed in 2013. The Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Rail Trail, from Ionia to Owosso, was completed in the fall of 2014. And, a 2.3-mile section of the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail, through the city of Belding, was completed in the summer of 2014. Look forward to future editions of Michigan Trails Magazine as we keep you posted on the progress of this growing network of trails.

To assure a healthy future for this important recreational resource, the Meijer Foundation has established an endowment to fund ongoing maintenance for the entire 125-mile trail network into perpetuity.

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Accommodations & Lodging
AmericInn of Greenville AmericInn of Greenville
2525 Washington Street
Greenville, MI 48838
(616) 754-4500
Web Link
Bicycle & Fitness Shops
Dennis' Bicycle Shop Dennis' Bicycle Shop
4727 W. Monroe M-46
Alma, MI 48801
(989) 463-5331
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House of Wheels House of Wheels
814 Main Street
Owosso, MI 48867
(989) 725-8373
Web Link
Terry's Cycle Terry's Cycle
317 N. State Street
Alma, MI 48801
(989) 463-5260
Web Link
Tourist Attractions
Steam Railroading Institute Steam Railroading Institute
405 S. Washtington Street
Owosso, MI 48867
(989) 720-3953
Web Link
Trail Groups and Developers
Friends of Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trails Friends of Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trails



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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

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Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
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West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition
PO Box 325
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 485-7805
Web Link
Tourist Information
City of Ionia City of Ionia
114 N. Kidd Street
Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 527-4170
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Greenville Chamber of Commerce Greenville Chamber of Commerce
210 S. Lafayette Street
Greenville, MI 48838
(616) 754-5697
Web Link
Kent County Parks Department Kent County Parks Department
1700 Butterworth Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534-7065
(616) 632-7275
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Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce
113 Riverwalk Plaza
Lowell, MI 49331
(616) 897-9161
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Shiawassee County Convention & Visitors Bureau Shiawassee County Convention & Visitors Bureau
215 N. Water Street
Owosso, MI 48867
(989) 723-1199
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Village of Edmore Village of Edmore
209 Sheldon Street
Edmore, MI 48829

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Village of Pewamo Village of Pewamo
130 East Main Street
Pewamo, MI 48873
(989) 593-2553
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Trail Supporter
Consumers Energy Consumers Energy
One Energy Plaza
Jackson, MI 49201-2276

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DTE Energy DTE Energy



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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
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Meijer Meijer
2350 3-Mile Road
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

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Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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Spectrum Health Spectrum Health
100 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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