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.

Give to our Riverwalk Railtrail Fund Now



Spring Clean Up: Join us on May 4!

rwrt springcleanup enewsimageWe are looking for volunteers to help clean up along the Riverwalk/Railtrail, so that all can enjoy another season of biking, walking, and running along our trails. Volunteers should check in at Veterans Memorial Park, beginning at 9:00 am. on Saturday, May 4. Registration is appreciated, particularly if you are signing up a team of participants, but not required.

Garbage bags and lawn equipment will be provided by the Bay City Parks Department. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes, dressing for the weather, and bringing along garden gloves. Refreshments will be available.

If May 4 does not work for your family or group, you can call 989.893.4438 to coordinate a section of the trail to clean-up on another date or contact Program Officer Kirsten McIlvenna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Learn more and sign up to participate with the downloads below:

Download A Flier with Event Details

Download A Form to Send in By Mail/Email



Harvest Hustle: Maintaining Trails for Years to Come

As a part of growing the Riverwalk/Railtrail's endowment fund for ongoing maintenance of Bay County trails, the Riverwalk/Railtrail committee is hosting the first annual Harvest Hustle on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Enjoy the colors this fall and walk or run a 5K or 10 mile along the BayZil portion of the trail that connects Bay City with Zilwaukee. All proceeds from the event will go to the Riverwalk/Railtrail's Maintenance Endowment Fund at Bay Area Community Foundation to help preserve the trails for years to come.

HarvestHustle LogoLearn more and register to walk or run in this year's race by choosing from the options below:

Download A Flier with Trail Map

Register Online

Download A Form to Send in By Mail


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Applications for Community Impact Initiative Grant Now Available

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