Michigan's Dragon Trail Official First Ride
By Alexis Mercer
Organizers, project partners and media met at Brower Park in Stanwood on Monday, July 20, 2020 to hold the first official trail ride and hike on the much anticipated Dragon Trail.
The project is more than 8 years in the making, according to Martin Hall with the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance. The first sections of the trail have opened up, marking what is the start of a 3.5 million dollar project with 47 total planned miles when all is said and done.
Jeff Abel, Superintendent of Mecosta County Parks, Eric O'Neil, Mecosta County Parks Commissioner, Martin Hall and Jodi Overman, from The Nonprofit Spot all spoke to the crowd gathered for the event.
As of Monday nearly 6 miles of the trail have been opened to the public. This includes the 1 mile loop at Brower Park in Mecosta County and close to 5 miles at Hardy Dam in Newaygo County. The landscape varies but the entire trail is on Consumers Energy property, which is dense forest with many overlooks onto the Muskegon River.
Newaygo and Mecosta counties have been working in close alliance to make this dream a reality: a destination trail for bikers, hikers and runners. Just over 1 million has already been raised for the project, according to Overman, but still another 2.5 million needs to be raised to see the project to its completion.
Information about the trail can be found at thedragon.us, including a spot for anyone to donate to the cause.