- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) - A new multi-use recreational trail is up and running in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Gov. Rick Snyder took an off-road vehicle ride along the pathway during a dedication ceremony this week. The 25-mile-long trail occupies a former rail corridor between Escanaba and Hermansville.

The state bought the property from Wisconsin Central for $550,000 in 2007. After taking public comments for two years, the Department of Natural Resources decided to build a trail that would be open for a variety of uses including hiking, bicycling, off-road vehicle and horseback riding, and snowmobiling.

American Transmission Co. later agreed to pay the $3.5 million construction cost in exchange for permission to put an electric transmission line along the trail.

Off-road vehicle clubs in Menominee and Delta counties will coordinate trail maintenance work.

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