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*8:30 a.m.—Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Putnam Twp. portion of the Lakeland Trail dedicating the newly developed paved trail start at Pinckney Depot. Help us celebrate the opening of the Putnam Township portion of the Lakelands Trail. Putnam Township has just completed the enhancement of the 6.3 miles of the Lakelands Trail in the township. This trail is part of the old Airline Railway and now the Great Lake to Lake Trail which goes from Port Huron to South Haven.
*9:00 a.m.— 8 Mile Bike Ride from Pinckney Depot to Winkelhaus Park
*9:00 a.m.—1 Mile Fun Walk from Bennett Park to Winkelhaus Park
*9:30 a.m.—5 Mile Fun Run from Country Elementary School to Winkelhaus Park
Community Groups and Recreation Vendors will have booths and displays at Winkelhaus Park from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
*Get a Bike Tune-Up by local bike repair professionals
*See Michigan Native Amphibians and Reptiles by Nature Discovery
*Learn Archery from DNR instructors
|*Also at Winkelhaus Park: Deborah Lynn "Debra" Ochs - Bronze Medal Archery Olympian - an American archer who was a member of the American squad that won the team bronze medals at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. She also competed in the individual event, finishing in 26th place. |
Currently developed sections of the Trail are in Hamburg and Putnam Townships. Lakelands Trail State Park is one of four linear state
parks in the Michigan State Park system that have been converted
from abandoned railroad corridors. This trail currently is
completed between Stockbridge and Pinckney, and has now been
completed eastward from Putnam Township into Hamburg Township. It passes through wooded
areas, rolling farmland, lakes, marshes, parkland, commerical
and residential properties. It is approximately 20 miles
long with an asphalt or gravel surface. Lakelands is designed
for hiking, bicycling, and wheelchair use and
horseback riding. Cross-country
skiing is popular in winter. Motorized vehicles and hunting
The Lakelands Trail State Park traverses Hamburg Township in a manner
which is mostly parallel to M-36.
The Lakelands Trail State Park in Hamburg Township is maintained and
operated by Hamburg Township and the Friends of the Lakelands
Trail in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Click here to view the MI-DNR
Trail Webpage), and The Great Lake-To-Lake Trails Project. No state park permit is
required to use the trail.
The Hamburg Township section of the Trail is
a trail approximately 6 miles long. Trail improvements were
designed and worked on by a partnership of MI-DNR, Hamburg Township
and the Friends of the Lakeland Trail.
There are two parking areas for vehicles along the trail area in Hamburg Township that allow for easy access to the trail:
- One parking area is the West Bennett Park parking area off of Merrill Road.
- The other trailhead area is at the south side of the intersection of M-36 and Pettysville Road.
Putnam Township has just completed the enhancement of the 6.3 miles of the Lakelands trail in Putnam Township. This trail is part of the old Airline Railway and now the Great lake To Lake Trail which goes from Port Huron To South Haven.
Three miles of the Trail will be paved with 7ft. of asphalt and 3ft. of fine gravel. The remainder of the trail from M-36 west to the Unadilla line will be the fine gravel surface. The trail continues to parallel M-36 as does the Hamburg portion and does so into Gregory.
The trail is maintained by Putnam Township and the Friends of the Lakelands Trail in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources.
The funding for the enhancement of the trail was provided by M-DOT and the Michigan Natural Resources Fund with matching funds from Putnam Township.
The Livingston County Road Commission oversaw the construction which was by Hoffman Brothers from Battle Creek.
The trail enhancement was done with consideration for all uses including walkers, bicycles, and equestrians and connects the village of Pinckney with the 19 miles of equestrian trails in adjacent state land. It also connects the village of Pinckney with the Village of Hamburg with a paved non-motorized trail.