Reed City, the "Trails Crossroads of Michigan"
Two major highways intersect at Reed City: US-131 which runs north and south, and US-10 which runs east and west. Before the highways were built, Reed City was the crossroads for two railroad lines that bisected Michigan. The Pere Marquette Pennsylvania Central Railroad ran from Ludington to Midland, while the Grand Rapids and Indiana (GR&I) Railroad ran from Rockford to Cadillac. Those railroads transported supplies to the thriving logging industry that existed throughout mid-Michigan during the eighteen and nineteen hundreds.
Today, Reed City is at the Rails-to-Trails crossroads with the intersection of two popular rail-trails: The White Pine Trail and the Pere Marquette Trail, constructed along the original paths of the old north-south and east-west railroad lines. The trails intersect at the Depot, a reconstructed replica of Reed City's historic downtown railroad depot.
The White Pine Trail is the longest rail trail system in the state, connecting the 92 miles between Grand Rapids and Cadillac. The Pere Marquette State Trail is 55 miles long through the Clare, Lake, and Osceola counties. Reed City serves as the rail trail capitol of Michigan. Whether you're driving, walking, running, biking, or even snowmobiling, Reed City is your crossroads destination!
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Crossroads Trail Map