New Trailhead Coming to Gaylord

Part of downtown Gaylord is being transformed right now and will soon be the home of a new public-use trailhead.

It’s part of the governor’s Iron Belle Trail project.

Michigan communities are being encouraged to apply for grants to complete a trail that will extend from Belle Isle in Detroit, to Iron Mountain in the U.P.

This new trailhead is funded in part by Otsego County, with matching funding from Bagley and Otsego Lake townships.

It will include an open green space, picnic tables and parking, and it already has people excited.

“It’s really a way to connect communities together and get people out of their vehicles and get them outdoors. It’s been phenomenal, the question we get most is when is this going to get started, when is this going to start happening, because I want to get out there and start using the trail,” said Paul Beachnau, the director of the Gaylord Area Tourism Bureau.

The design and permits have all been completed and construction bidding will begin in May.

The completion deadline is set for October 2019.