The Friends of Berrien County Trails is currently seeking funding to develop a Berrien County Trails Mater Plan.  The goal of this plan is to promote trail connectivity, alternative transportation, safety for all users, recreational opportunities and economic development.  Having a county-wide plan will provide a resource for governments and agencies securing grant funds to implement the county wide vision for trails.  

Trail facilities addressed in the plan will include:

  • Shared Use Paths
  • Paved Shoulders, Bike Lanes, Sharrows
  • US/County/Local Bike Routes
  • Water Trails
  • Parks with Hiking Trails, Mountain Biking Trails, Cross Country Skiing Trails and Equestrian Trails

The planning process will engage the entire County, local governments, community groups, and citizens in developing a robust trail master plan that will connect cities, villages, townships, parks and major destinations throughout the county.   

Project Manager & Fiscal Agent: Friends of Berrien County Trails- a 501(c)(3) non-profit

Purpose of the Master Plan:

  •  inventory and analyze the existing and planned trail routes in Berrien County;
  • provide an overarching guide for future trail planning and implementation throughout Berrien County;
  • provide for enhanced connectivity between all the cities, villages, and townships and major destinations;
  • serve as a guide for local governmental agencies for planning future investment priorities;
  • provide supporting documentation for requests and applications for future funding and grants;
  • recognize trails as a key amenity that enhance the vitality of communities and a region;,
  • attract world class talent to our local businesses;
  • promote economic development;
  • support tourism; and
  • provide for a healthy lifestyle.

Planning Process:

  • inventory and analyze existing and planned trail routes in Berrien County;
  • conduct a robust community and stakeholder engagement process;
  • identify community economic development and tourism opportunities that relate to connecting trails to local communities and businesses;
  • develop recommended strategies for future facility improvements, enhanced economic impact, funding and implementation.