First Dexter-Chelsea Road segment of the B2B Trail opening this month

HWPI and WPARC are excited to announce the official opening of the first Dexter-Chelsea Road segment of the B2B Trail! This stretch of trail boasts a beautiful bridge over Mill Creek, stunning stretches of Michigan fields and a connection to the Chelsea Ridge neighborhood.

The groups would like to extend a huge thank you to our partners and the hundreds of donors that have made this possible. 

HWPI and WPARC will be hosting a trail opening event at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, to celebrate the completion of the 2.1 mile segment beginning at Freer Road and extending to Lima Center Road. We will distribute Iron Belle Trail bike lights to the first 50 attendees and refreshments will be available for the celebration.

The ceremony will take place on the Freer Road end of the trail by the Oak Grove East Cemetery. Parking will be available in the lot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Road. Families and neighbors are encouraged to attend. Visit our Facebook event page for more details.

The B2B was conceived by WCPRC as a planned, non-motorized trail that begins in Ypsilanti and roughly follows the Huron River through the county to its exit in the northwest corner near Lyndon Township. When complete, it will connect Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, and Stockbridge. Approximately 25 miles of the B2B have been built and 21 miles are planned for construction.

HWPI works in partnership with WCPRC and many other governmental organizations to facilitate the development of non-motorized recreational pathways in Washtenaw and surrounding counties. HWPI facilitates trail development by encouraging community engagement and raising private sector money.

To learn more about HWPI and the Border-to-Border trail visit Text HWPI to 66866 to sign up for the monthly HWPI Newsletter!

Ann Arbor’s popular Border to Border Trail (B2B) is but one small segment of an ambitious effort to connect the city of Ironwood on the western edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with Belle Isle in Detroit in what will be called The Iron Belle Trail.

The Iron Belle will form the longest designated state trail in the nation. Hikers/bikers will pass through charming towns, pristine forests, cool rivers, bucolic farmland, not to mention plenty of shoulder rubbing with three of the greatest features of our Great Lake State – Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron.