About the Trail
The property was acquired in 2017 for $2.6 million. Grant funding was generously provided from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Transportation Alternatives Program through the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Plans are underway to develop and surface the trail through the communities of Commerce Township, Walled Lake and Wixom.
While currently undeveloped, the trail is open for walking. The Michigan Air Line Trail is a key segment of the Great Lake to Lake Trails-Route 1, a cross-state recreational trail that, when completed, will stretch from Port Huron to South Haven. In 2018, a pedestrian bridge was constructed over M-5 in Commerce Township. Finishing touches to the bridge will be completed in spring of 2019.
The Commerce, Walled Lake, and Wixom Trailway Management Council continues to seek input to make the development of the Michigan Air Line Trail the best it can be and to reflect what the public wants from this exciting new trailway. You can visit the Michigan Air Line Trail website and Facebook page for more news and information about the Trail, and to take a survey to assist with the development of the Trail.
In January 2019 John Hensler, the Michigan Airline Trail manager, updated the City Council on trail progress to date. His letter to the Council can be found here: