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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grand Opening of 70 mile North Eastern State Trail

SAVE THE DATE on Saturday, June 23, 2012 Grand Opening of 70 mile North Eastern State Trail (NEST) A recreational trail that connects Alpena to Cheboygan. The Top of Michigan Trails Council, along with state and local officials, businesses and chambers of commerce announce the GRAND, grand opening of the NEST. The NEST is a ten foot wide trail constructed of crushed packed limestone, creating a link across northeast Michigan on the former Detroit to Mackinac Railroad. The trail connects Alpena, Posen, Millersburg, Onaway and Cheboygan. “This is a beautiful rural trail going through farmland, across many rivers and streams, through emergent wetlands, small towns and parks and along the east side of Mullett Lake; this trail is a true gem,” said Emily Meyerson, Trailways Coordinator for the Top of Michigan Trails Council. The planned celebration include simultaneous ribbon cutting events at 8:30 a.m. in Alpena, Posen, Hawks, Millersburg, Tower, Aloha and Cheboygan where local officials can celebrate the trail in their community. The Ribbon Cuttings will be the starting point for different length bike rides which will take riders to Onaway. From 12:00 to 2:00 in Onaway there will be the celebration lunch and trail dedication. There are plans for live entertainment, vendor booths and prizes. Those registered for the ride will receive a grand opening t-shirt, entry into a prize drawing, transportation back to their car and a great lunch provided by Manzana’s of Onaway. Individuals and families can also just register for lunch. For more information and registration information go to the Trails Council‘s website at We thank our generous sponsors who are helping to put on this event: Alpena Regional Medical Center, Alpena Orthopaedic Associates, Moran Iron Works, Presque Isle Electric and Gas, Rieth- Riley and Citizens National Bank.