Converting old railroad lines to non-motorized trails is a national movement, tracked by the Rails to Trails Conservancy among others. Their recent post shows five successful rail-to-trails from across the nation, including Michigan’s Clinton Ionia Shiawassee trail, designed by P&N/Eng., Inc. and lauded for its superb views and trestle-to-bridge conversions. This 42-mile gem connects several communities (Owosso, St. Johns, Fowler, Pewamo and Muir) to Ionia. At Ionia, the trail connects to the River Valley Rail Trail, becoming a critical link in the gigantic contiguous 125-mile Fred Meijer regional Heartland Trail network, the 5th longest in the United States.
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