Winter Fun at Crystal Mountain

The Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail are very fortunate to have Crystal Mountain as a business sponsor. They help support the trail in many ways and we are most grateful for their partnership. Please patronize this wonderful Benzie County resort and thank them for supporting the trail! Crystal Mountain… Read More »

snowmobiles on trail

Snowmobiling on the Betsie Valley Trail

A lot of folks are unaware that snowmobiling is permitted on the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Thompsonville. The Benzie-Manistee Snowbirds act as stewards of this section of the trail during the winter. The club is also a sponsor of the BVT and we thank them for their support!… Read More »

Sign, sign, everywhere a SIGN!

That was the sentiment of Betsie Valley Trail Care Coordinator, Charlie Gregory, when he took on this project last year. “We don’t want to pack the trail with signs,” he commented at a past board meeting. “I’m looking to simplify messages and actually reduce the number of signs along the… Read More »

Dedication of the New Accessible Lewis Bridge Overlook

Last year, we announced the ground-breaking for A New Gathering Place Along the BVT at Lewis Bridge Overlook. The new ‘pocket park’ was completed recently and last Saturday, representatives from the DNR, the Friends of the Trail, and members of the public gathered at the site to reflect on the… Read More »

gravel and dirt trail surface

Show Your Support for Completing the Trail to Thompsonville!

Last November, the Friends announced our intent to raise the needed funds to pave the Trail from Beulah to Thompsonville. Since then, we’ve been working to identify potential funding sources for this big project. We’re looking at nearly $3 million to pave the 12-mile section. A Potential Game-Changer for Thompsonville… Read More »

CALL for CONTRIBUTIONS to Help Us Build a Much-Needed Storage Facility

The dedicated volunteer Trail Crew has long had a need for a storage facility along the trail. Currently, the Friends have several spread out, inconvenient, and costly storage sites, none of which are ideal for storage of motorized grooming equipment. Often, the Friends rely on volunteers to bring their own… Read More »

New Beginnings for the Betsie Valley Trail

Resurfacing the trail along Crystal Lake last spring represented the first major upgrade of the trail in decades…and we’re just getting started! The Friends have been working hard the past couple years to build the capabilities of our organization. We’ve added several new board members and staff who are actively… Read More »

First IRONMAN is Win-Win as Volunteers Rock-It!

In his words below, Jed Maker, Board President of the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail reflects on the first Ironman 70.3 which was partially held on the BVT. The IRONMAN competition came to Benzie County and our community welcomed it with open arms. More than 2,100 competitors and thousands… Read More »

ANNOUNCING: A NEW Betsie Valley Trail Fun Run Event!

Celebrate summer and welcome fall with the new Betsie Valley Trail Half Marathon, 10k , 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run hosted by North Mitten Events. The event will take place on Sunday, September 19th.  The Half Marathon, 10k and 5k courses are out and back on the Betsie Valley… Read More »

IRONMAN Triathlete Frederik Stig-Nielsen: The INTERVIEW

The Friends are extremely excited to have local triathlete, Frederik Stig-Nielsen representing us and raising funds as he competes in this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Michigan event. As you’ll learn in the following entertaining interview, Fred is quite well-known in the community. Not just for providing criminal defense services as part… Read More »