The design for the Calhoun County Trail Master Plan includes a segment of the Iron Belle Trail, Great Lake-to-Lake Trail, and North Country Trail. The planning process was complex, accommodating three separate regional trails, each with differing goals and design criteria. The project spans over a 45-mile long corridor from Battle Creek to Concord, Michigan.
PEA Group evaluated hundreds of miles of potential trail and bike path locations. The planning process included an 18-month involvement gathering community participation from stakeholders along the corridor, as well as input from MDOT, MDNR, National Park Service, Calhoun County Road Department, local governments and non-profit trail organizations.
Our team built a consensus amidst a diverse group of stakeholders to determine the best feasible trail location to traverse the lengthy and complex corridor. The final trail route provides access to some of the most scenic and historic locations in south-central Michigan.