Friends of the Polly Ann Trail
of Lapeer County

Formed in 1997, the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail of Lapeer County is a grass-roots organization of citizens that promotes and supports the development and operation of the Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County.

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Events

Events in the Coming Year

14 - 14 Oct

5th Annual Autumn on the Polly Ann Trail Ride Oct 14 2017 - 09:00 - Oct 14 2017 - 02:00 General Squier Memorial Park, Dryden, United States

Meetings

Friends of the Polly Ann Trail | Board Meetings 2017

All meetings begin at 7:15pm

February 16 - Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden, MI 48428

April 20 - Lamb Steele Building, 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City, MI 48444

June 15 - Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden, MI 48428

August 17 - Lamb Steele Building, 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City, MI 48444

October 18 - Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden, MI 48428

December 21 - Lamb Steele Building, 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City, MI 48444

News

Latest News and Updates About the Polly Ann Trail

Polly Ann Trail Extension Project 

Help us Develop the Polly Ann Trail 

For the first time since the old Polly Ann rail corridor was acquired in 1999, we have the opportunity to develop a portion of the Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County. Lapeer County, with support from the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail, has applied to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for a $300,000 development grant. This grant requires a $100,000 local match. The Friends group has pledged $25,000, and the Lapeer County Community Foundation has also pledged $25,000. Requests to other foundations have been submitted. We will need your help to make up the balance

Trail improvements in this transformational project will include drainage and surfacing with fine limestone which meets the Recommendations for Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas of the U.S. Access Board as designated by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specific improvements include replacing 6 culverts, making 2 bridge approach structures meet ADA standards, branch clearing for pathway clearance from Imlay City to Dryden (5.5 miles), ditch improvement for drainage, and installation of eight inches of crushed limestone surfacing from Imlay City to Dryden (5.5 miles).

 For more information and to donate, go to: http:/www.patronicity.com/LapeerPollyAnnTrail

You can help make this happen!

Map

Joslyn Road (Orion Twp, Oakland County) North to Curtis Road (Arcadia Twp, Lapeer County) | 34 Miles | Passing Through Oxford, Leonard, Dryden, Imlay City, and Lum

58.8 km, n/a

Weather

Current and Forecasted Conditions
Partly cloudy

76°F

Partly cloudy
Humidity: 48%
Wind: NW at 14 mph
Sunday
Mostly sunny
59°F / 84°F
Monday
Scattered thunderstorms
66°F / 87°F
Tuesday
Scattered thunderstorms
63°F / 78°F
Wednesday
Partly cloudy
56°F / 74°F

About

Information About the Friends Group and the Polly Ann Trail

About Friends

Formed in 1997, the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail of Lapeer County is a grass-roots organization of citizens that promotes and supports the development and operation of the Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County. Owned by the Michigan Department Natural Resources, the abandoned corridor was once used by the Pontiac, Oxford & Northern Railroad, nicknamed the "Polly Ann" (P, O & N). The Friends group creates awareness of the recreational corridor with events, political action, volunteerisim and other efforts. Local groups host horseback riding, cycling events, nature walks, runs, and charity fundraisers.

Trail Info

The trail is mostly undeveloped, but currently provides an ideal setting for horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and opportunity for nature lovers - options not available to other southeast Michigan developed trail systems. The Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County is a 20-mile former rail corridor from Bordman Road to Kings Mill, passing through Dryden, Imlay City, and Lum. This trail connects directly to the Polly Ann Trail in Oakland County, also owned by the Michigan Department Natural Resources and managed by the Polly Ann Trail Management Council (PATMC).

Future Planning

The Lapeer and Oakland County Polly Ann Trails are considered major trail systems of southeastern Michigan. Future plans include connections of the Oakland County Polly Ann Trail to the long-established Paint Creek Trail and its connection to the Clinton River Trail, Macomb-Orchard Trail, and other systems connecting an east/west recreational corridor across the State of Michigan. For more information about the trail systems of Michigan, please see our 'Links' page.

Milestones/Accomplishments

  • The Friends group was founded in the fall of 1997 to build support in the community for the acquisition of the 20 mile former rail corridor in Lapeer County.
  • Following a year and a half campaign by the Friends to demonstrate support in the county for the acquisition, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved the acquisition in the spring of 1999. The funds for the $449,000 purchase came from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
  • Prior to the 2000 Michigander bike ride, which included the Polly Ann Trail, the Friends constructed six bridges over former railroad trestles. A seventh bridge was built later.
  • The Friends group was involved in the development of the initial master plan for the Polly Ann Trail.
  • The Riseman family donated a ten acre parcel to the Lapeer Land Conservancy adjacent to the Polly Ann Trail that includes the Belle River and adjoining wetlands.
  • The Friends group contributed $10,000 toward the acquisition of a seven acre parcel that connects the Polly Ann Trail and General Squier Park. Upon completion of the connector trail from the park to the trail, the park will serve as a trailhead for the Polly Ann Trail.
  • A bike rack and an informational kiosk were donated by the Friends for the Dryden Memorial Park. The park serves as a trailhead for the Polly Ann Trail.
  • In 2012, the Friends group donated over $6000 for the construction of a trailhead in Imlay City. The trailhead has a gravel parking lot, two benches, a message board, hitching posts, and trash barrels. The trailhead is maintained by the City of Imlay City.

Contact

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