Friends Receive $400,000 Grant to Kickstart Trail Paving Project!

The Friends were excited to receive the news in October that our second try for a Michigan Spark Grant funded by American Rescue Plan Act was approved by the Michigan DNR. “We were quite happy with the news of the grant,” said Jim Gribble, Director of Marketing and Public Relations… Read More »

Member Meeting Vote Results in New Non-Profit Designation

In September, about 75 members and guests gathered at the Stormcloud Taproom for a  special member meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to conduct a vote to change the Friends non-profit corporate designation from a member organization to a directorship. “Last summer, we were looking into updating our by-laws… Read More »

First Brew-to-Brew Fundraiser Big Hit!

“Last summer, I heard someone say it was smart to put a brewery on either end of the Trail and it got me thinking,” commented Jim Gribble, Friends Marketing & PR Director, “we should do something to celebrate that! That’s where the idea of having the first Brew-to-Brew Trail Day… Read More »

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 »

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