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Friends Install New Bench on the Trail Requested by Rollerbladers

“One day when we were doing some work on the trail,” explained John Rothhaar, Trail Care Coordinator, “I chatted with a couple of women who were rollerblading. They raved about how much they loved the trail, but also mentioned in passing how it was difficult to get from the River… Read More »


Volunteer Spotlight on Dan Remahl for His Decades of Service to the Trail

One of the important services the Friends provide is the distribution of trail maps to users on the trail. Over the past decade, one volunteer has kept those trail map boxes full all season long — and according to Dan Remahl’s copious records, he distributed 18,781 of them! When Dan… Read More »


Watch Out for Poison Ivy Along the Trail

Recently, we received the following comment by a trail user: “Two days ago my wife and I hiked the BVT from the parking area at River Rd and Adams Rd toward 115 along the river. It is our favorite hike. Both sides of the trail are bordered by a luxuriant stand of poison… Read More »


Ongoing Flooding Makes Murky Future for Betsie Trail Segment

Record high water levels in Lake Michigan and the Betsie Bay continue to cause significant flooding to the Betsie Valley Trail in the Frankfort/Elberta area. With large sections of the trail underwater with no way to know when the water will recede to even allow for a damage assessment, the… Read More »


The Trail is Open and We Need Volunteers to Help Out

Volunteer help is particularly needed this year because our typical annual grant from Michigan DNR for routine maintenance is frozen and unavailable, at least for now, due to state spending cut backs. Here’s the latest information about volunteering to help with the Betsie Valley Trail: The restrictions on group activities… Read More »


Volunteer Spotlight on Our Trail Care Coordinator

At the heart of our mission is the successful operation of the Betsie Valley Trail. We could not achieve this mission year-after-year without the tireless dedication of our Trail Care Coordinators. We’ve been very fortunate for the past four years to have John Rothhaar serving in the role of Trail… Read More »


Trail Care Coordinator Report for the Betsie Valley Trail

Dear Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail and All Trail Users, In a normal year, right about now I’d be scheduling trail clean-up work days encouraging groups to get out and police the trail for litter and downed trees or limbs. Unfortunately, this year is about as far from normal… Read More »


UPDATED 4-25: Resources and Advice for Betsie Valley Trail Users During COVID-19

APRIL 25th UPDATE: A new governor’s order has been released. Face coverings are now required in enclosed places. Also bicycle maintenance and repair shops may reopen.  Download the entire order here. APRIL 10th UPDATE: A new governor’s order has been released. Read the entire order here. The stay at home… Read More »


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Get Out and Enjoy the Trail — Safely

Please note: The issue of closing public places and facilities related to COVID-19 is rapidly changing. We recommend everyone should adhere to all guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local public health and safety officials for the most up-to-date information. UPDATE March… Read More »


Jim Gribble, Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail Director of Marketing

Meet our New Director of Marketing

We’re pleased to introduce Jim Gribble, our new Director of Marketing. Below is our press release about Jim’s hiring in November. Jim will be focused on activities related to membership growth, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment and engagement. Most importantly, will be Jim’s role in opening a dialog among all the… Read More »