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The Thornapple Trail is the abbreviated name for the a partially completed Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail (rail trail) in west Michigan. The Middleville portion is being connected to the Kent County section which will eventually link to Kent Trails. When complete, the Paul Henry - Thornapple Trail will be a 42-mile multi-use recreation trail running from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Vermontville, Michigan. [1]

Rail trail railroad bed converted to a recreational trail

A rail trail is the conversion of a disused railway track into a multi-use path, typically for walking, cycling and sometimes horse riding and snowmobiling. The characteristics of abandoned railways—flat, long, frequently running through historical areas—are appealing for various developments. The term sometimes also covers trails running alongside working railways; these are called "rails with trails". Some shared trails are segregated, with the segregation achieved with or without separation. Many rail trails are long-distance trails.

Michigan State of the United States of America

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, Michigan, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.

Kent Trails is a fifteen-mile rail trail in Kent County, Michigan that runs through the cities of Grand Rapids, Grandville, Walker, Wyoming and Byron Township and is part of a network of trails in and around Grand Rapids. It runs north and south from John Ball Park in Grand Rapids to 84th Street in Byron Township, with an extension that runs east/west along 76th Street and north/south from 76th Street to Douglas Walker Park on 84th Street.

The trail was originally the Grand River Valley Railroad, constructed in 1868-69. Service on the line ended in 1983, after the state ended an operating subsidy for the railroad line. [2]

The Paul Henry Trail and the Thornapple Trail are together named the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail and are referred to by this name. [3] [4]


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