Connecting our community with trails

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Since our establishment in 1982, the Bay Area Community Foundation has proudly initiated and funded projects improving the quality of life in Bay County with none more conspicuously than our own Bay County Riverwalk and Railtrail System. This interconnected 17.5 mile network of pedestrian walkways provides non-motorized, handicapped-accessible pathways linking the full range of our community landscapes; from Bay City’s highly popular riverfront at Veteran’s Memorial Park, to the City’s center, and back out again through woodlands and marshes to agricultural and residential areas of Portsmouth, Hampton and Bangor Townships. There is also an extension that connects the Bay City loop northwesterly to the Bay City State Recreation Area.


Thousands of residents and visitors alike walk, run, ride or blade our trails every year and for good reason. Imagine – no fees and unlimited access to fresh air, striking scenery and all varieties of parks, shops and activities along the trail. Jump on where you want, jump off when you wish. Convenient parking is available throughout the area and is clearly marked on all trail maps.

For more information on how you can contribute to the Riverwalk/Railtrail Fund, or to other special projects of the Community Foundation please contact the Bay Area Community Foundation by calling (989) 893-4438.

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 Spring Cleanup

 springcleanup2020 graphicPlease join us on April 25 to do your part in helping prepare our trails for the 2020 season of walking, running, biking, and blading along our beautiful Riveralk and Railtrail system. Garbage bags, lawn equipment, and refreshments will be provided. Please wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring garden gloves, rakes, or brooms if possible.

If you have a group of people, please sign up ahead of time so we can distribute the different sections of trail. Call Kirsten Hellebuyck at 989.893.448.

Want to help but can't make in on April 25? Call Kirsten at 989.893.4438 to claim a section of the trail, and clean up at a time and day that works for you!

All help is appreciated!


Download the Spring Cleanup Flier for more details

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Pere Marquette Depot in Downtown Bay City

1000 Adams St., Suite 200
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: 989.893.4438
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