The Lowell Area Trailway has secured funding to connect the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail with the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail. This is the final link to be completed in a trail network spanning over 125 miles. A best case scenario would see this connection completed in 2023 or 2024. You can check out the tentative route HERE.
The West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition (WMTGC) is part of a collaborative of partners to pave a 7-mile stretch of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park from the Kent County line at Sand Lake to Howard City. This project will advance the regional goal of a paved trail extending from Grand Rapids to Cadillac and build momentum toward completing the remaining unimproved trail portions. When completed, the White Pine Trail will be a nearly 100-mile paved trail (though it would exceed 100 miles when combined with connected trails), a tipping point for attracting bicycle tourists and events to the region. Paving the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park is a high priority of the cities and townships along the trail that anticipate increased tourism to the region and a higher quality of life for residents because of the trail enhancement. Long term plans are to eventually connect the White Pine Trail to the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail system. You can find more information about the White Pine Trail on their WEB SITE or their FACEBOOK page.