Saturday, August 20, 2011

Berry Junction Trail Opens in Muskegon County

Berry Junction Trailt Berry Junction Trail (photo from WZZM video)

based on news from WZZM TV 13

For years, Muskegon County has been hoping to complete this seven-mile link in its multi-use trail system, and today the Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony near White Lake Drive.The trail is built on an abandoned section of the Chicago and West Michigan Railroad where Berry Junction was a real location on the railroad that linked Whitehall and Fremont.

At the north end, the Berry Junction Trail connects with the Hart-Montague Rail Trail in Whitehall, which allows users to continue 28 miles farther north to Hart. The south end of the new trail is located at McMillan Road. The trail crosses Dalton and Fruitland Townships.

The $800,000 price tag for the construction was covered by federal dollars, and grants from other organizations, including the West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition, the Frey Foundation, Meijer, and Dalton and Fruitland townships.

The trail is paved with asphalt, and bicycle riders have been checking it out with positive comments for the past month even before the official opening. Eventually, the trail may be extended south for an additional seven miles to connect with Muskegon's Lakeshore Trail.

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