ORV trail access expanding in Marquette's Heartwood Forest

An ORV rides on a designated trail. (WLUC Photo)
An ORV rides on a designated trail. (WLUC Photo)(WLUC)
Published: Dec. 3, 2019 at 4:26 PM EST
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An trail improvement is happening for off road vehicle users in Marquette.

The Marquette City Commission recently approved a half-mile section of trail through city property for ORV usage.

The stretch of trail runs through the Heartwood Forest, near Marquette Mountain.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it's seen a steady increase in the number of ORV riders in recent years.

"We're trying to connect those trails and we've had a lot of success," said Michigan DNR U.P. Trails Coordinator, Ron Yesney. "We've added more than 400 miles over the last three years and it's good when we create these trail systems because they're managed, they're maintained, they're signed and graded and we have law enforcement in place."

Future plans for trails in that area include an actual trail head where riders can set off from.

A riding group called the Trail Riders Enthusiasts Alliance of Marquette County, or TEAM, is partnering with the DNR to maintain the trail.

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