Connecting our community with trails

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Since our establishment in 1982, the Bay Area Community Foundation has proudly initiated and funded projects improving the quality of life in Bay County with none more conspicuously than our own Bay County Riverwalk and Railtrail System. This interconnected 17.5 mile network of pedestrian walkways provides non-motorized, handicapped-accessible pathways linking the full range of our community landscapes; from Bay City’s highly popular riverfront at Veteran’s Memorial Park, to the City’s center, and back out again through woodlands and marshes to agricultural and residential areas of Portsmouth, Hampton and Bangor Townships. There is also an extension that connects the Bay City loop northwesterly to the Bay City State Recreation Area.


Thousands of residents and visitors alike walk, run, ride or blade our trails every year and for good reason. Imagine – no fees and unlimited access to fresh air, striking scenery and all varieties of parks, shops and activities along the trail. Jump on where you want, jump off when you wish. Convenient parking is available throughout the area and is clearly marked on all trail maps.

For more information on how you can contribute to the Riverwalk/Railtrail Fund, or to other special projects of the Community Foundation please contact the Bay Area Community Foundation by calling (989) 893-4438.

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2020 Cleanup Challenge!

Due to COVID-19, we weren't able to host our annual spring cleanup along the trails this year, so we are asking for your help! We challenge you and your family or a couple of friends to pick a section of the trail to do some community service. Bring trash bags, and pick up trash along the trail as you go. Please wear gloves and practice safe social distancing. Also, please plan to take the trash bags back home to put in your home trash; this ensures the trash doesn't blow all over again.

Taking us up on the challenge? Snap some pictures and email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will post your photos and a thank you to Bay Area Community Foundation's Facebook page to encourage others to join in.


Construction Updates

Due to high water levels, flooding, and the new construction work near Uptown Bay City, there will be some long closures along the Riverwalk/Railtrail on the eastside of the river. There will be a posted detour.


Click Here to See a Map of the Detour

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