Press Release: Livingston County Trails Plan

This is a repost from the Press Release sent out on June 26, 2020.

304 E. Grand River Avenue – Suite 206 – Howell MI 48843 

Kathleen Kline-Hudson / TEL: (517) 546-7555 
Planning Director / E-MAIL: 

Key Findings of the Livingston County Trails Plan: 

The Plan begins with an inventory and analysis of the existing trails and desired connections in Livingston County and the Southeast Michigan region. A subsequent public engagement section explains public input obtained through a project website, Trail Summit event, surveys, and a crowdsourcing map. Lastly, the recommendations of the plan are divided into two groups: 

Near Term Network – focuses on how to improve the safety and connectivity of the existing trail network; 

Priority Routes – focus on providing new connections that link major park and recreation areas and population areas to the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park/Great-Lake-to-Lake Trail Route #1. Priority routes were determined based on public input, feasibility, connectivity and safety. The proposed priority routes and the trails/pathways and parks they connect, include: 

1) Maltby-Hamburg-Bauer Road Trail – connects the existing pathway on Bauer Road to the Fieldcrest Pathway/Great-Lake-to-Lake Trail Route #1, Huron Meadows Metropark and Island Lake Recreation Area. 

2) Latson-Chilson-Brighton Road Trail – connects existing pathways on Latson and Brighton Roads between the cities of Howell and Brighton. 

3) Chilson-Swarthout-Pettysville Road Paved Shoulder – proposes paved shoulders on Chilson Road between Brighton Road and M-36 to connect to the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park/ Great-Lake-to-Lake Trail. 

Livingston County Trails Plan 

Thanks to a Planning Assistance Program Grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Livingston County Planning Department was able to hire the consulting services of The Greenway Collaborative, Inc. in Ann Arbor, MI to assist in producing the first county-wide trail plan for Livingston County. 

Livingston County Planning Staff wish to thank the Livingston County Board of Commissioners for their support of this project, the many county residents who took part in the public input process, and members of the Livingston County Outdoor Network (LivON) who functioned as the Steering Committee for this plan. 

The Trails Plan & map can be viewed/downloaded from the Livingston County Parks & Open Space website at: The Plan, map and the entire process of creating the plan, can also be viewed/downloaded from the project website at: