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The Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail is the last trail of a dozen trails in western Michigan to be named after philanthropist and Rail-Trail Champion Fred Meijer.
When complete, the trail will be an important connector between two long-distance rail-trails: the Musketawa Trail, stretching 25 miles from Marne to Muskegon, and the White Pine Trail State Park, running 93 miles from Grand Rapids to Cadillac.
Currently, the paved trail spans two counties (Ottawa and Kent) as it travels from the southern terminus of the Musketawa Trail in Marne and heads southeast toward Walker, a suburb of Grand Rapids. Quaint, tree-lined Fred Meijer Park (across from Meijer headquarters), features a bronze statue of the trail's namesake, benches and a bike rack. The trail currently ends at Alpine Avenue. The final phase of construction—to Comstock Park to connect with the White Pine Trail—is expected to be completed in the near future.
Parking is available at the trail's western end at the Marne trailhead for the Musketawa Trail. Take westbound Interstate 96 to Exit 25. Take 8th Avenue (turn right at the bottom of the ramp and then left at the T intersection) and follow it north for approximately 1.5 miles. The trailhead will be on your left just past Garfield Road.
An additional trailhead parking lot is also available on the west side of Fruit Ridge Avenue, about a half-mile north of the trail tunnel under Fruit Ridge.
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