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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]

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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  2. "History of the Railroad and Trail Construction". Thornapple Trail Association. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  3. "Paul Henry Thornapple Trail". Kent County Parks.
  4. "Paul Henry - Thornapple Trail".