The high level of use at Hickory Meadows has led to the degradation of some trail surfaces and soil erosion, which threatens the water quality of nearby Kids Creek. To that end, improvements were needed to enhance user safety and enjoyment and protect the natural systems of the park. Based on recommendations from the citizen-led Hickory Meadows Advisory Committee, a plan was created to install a 1,600 foot long, six foot wide, universally accessible trail at Hickory Meadows.
With funding support provided by the Grainger Foundation, the Grand Traverse Conservation District is directing the construction of the new trail. The new trail will feature highly compacted limestone screenings which provide a very hard, stable and low maintenance trail surface. This is the first phase of a multi-year trail improvement process at Hickory Meadows.
The ribbon cutting for the newly completed trail was held Tuesday, October 23rd at 5pm.