Calhoun and Jackson County, Michigan
Client | Reference
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance
Sam Lovall, PLA, ASLA
Jeffrey Smith, PLA, LEED AP
Kelly Burks, LA Designer
The design for the master plan for Calhoun County Trail includes a segment of the Iron Belle Trail, Great Lake-to-Lake Trail and North Country Trail. The planning process was complex as we had to accommodate three separate regional trails, each with differing goals and design criteria. The project spans from Battle Creek to Concord, Michigan – over a 45-mile corridor.
PEA 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, County Road Commission, local governments and non-profit trail organizations.
PEA built a consensus amongst 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.
Stakeholder input, site analysis, trail planning.