Please note: Both mobile workshops will require a fee to cover either the bike rental or the train ride, depending on which trip you select. Please see individual workshop descriptions for estimated costs.
Bike ride tour looking at a portion of this rail-trail that runs 92 miles through agricultural lands and woods from Grand Rapids to Cadillac. The bike ride starts north of Grand Rapids in Rockford, showing how businesses have capitalized on the State park trail passing through their downtown business district. The ride will pass by the Rouge River, a designated trout stream, the Village of Belmont, and past the White Caps Stadium along the Grand River, on the way to Grand Rapids, the boyhood home of President Gerald R. Ford. The ride will cover approximately 9 miles on Michigan's longest north-south rail-trail.
The cost per person for bike rental is $15.00 cash and will be paid at the workshop.
Businesses along the White Pine State Park Trail
One of the things many of us recognize is that Recreational Trails can help stimulate local economies. Here are some of the businesses we'll see thriving along this trail.
All aboard the Coopersville Marne Railway historic train cars as the train travels down the track to view this rail-with-trail project. The Musketawa State Trail and the Fred Meijer White Pine State Park Trail Connector project will connect two State rail-trails through the use of a rail-with-trail concept. This trail connector project will tie Grand Rapids to the City of Muskegon on the shores of Lake Michigan. The tour begins in Coopersville and travels east where the project engineer will point out various design challenges along the route, the alternatives considered, and the solutions to make this trail connection in the active railroad corridor. This $2.4 million High Priority Project (HPP) is currently under construction, with phase one to be completed in the fall of 2011.
The cost per person for train fare is $7.50 cash and will be paid at the workshop.