Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail

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Paul Henry Thornapple Trail

The 2.56 mile (17 acre) Eaton County Parks portion of the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail is a beautiful section of linear park trail that crosses a trestle bridge over the Thornapple River. This non-motorized trail provides an access route to the Maple Valley Schools, a 35 acre Eaton County Conservation District prairie restoration project and Park with a walk-down canoe launch on the Thornapple River. 

Under a 2012 Safe Routes To School (SRTS) grant, approximately one mile of the Trail was paved and opened in September of 2014. This segment runs from Linden Street on the south side of Vermontville, travels along and over the Thornapple River, and ends at Mason Road. Sidewalks are included in the SRTS grant to connect the Trail to the school property.

A connecting route between Nashville and the Maple Valley High School campus extends 1.2 miles West from Mason Rd., past the Maple Valley High School campus, and ends at Barry County/Nashville Village limits. From there, a 3.5 mile section of the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail travels West into Barry County.

This section of trail, due to its rural location is closed from November 1 - December 1 each year to respect the Michigan firearm deer hunting season. and hunters with adjacent properties.


Bikers on Thornapple Trail

Photo courtesy of Miller's Photographic Studio, LLC

Acquisition and development of this linear park was made possible with the help and support of the following project partners:

Thornapple Trail Association

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance

Maple Valley Schools

Maple Valley GreenWays Project

Directions to Mason Road Trail Head:
Follow M-79 to Mason Rd. and turn north. Parking is available at the Maple Valley High School's overflow Visitor's parking lot on Mason Rd.

 Bridge Construction Before and After

Dedication Ceremony - July 19, 2011

Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail Map

Thornapple Trail SRTS Update 02-12-13

SRTS Grant Awarded 05-31-13


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