The Monroe Area Loop Trail is under consideration as a shared-use path that would provide pedestrian and bicycle access to various locations in the Monroe area.

Monroe County is seeking ideas and comments on the proposed Monroe Area Loop Trail, a shared-use path that would provide safe pedestrian and bicycle access to significant community attractions in the Monroe area.

The survey is addressed to all residents of the City of Monroe and Frenchtown and Monroe townships and visitors who use the trails and walkways. Citizen responses will help plan for the future of the loop trail. 

The multi-community trail project is spearheaded by the county, City of Monroe and Monroe and Frenchtown townships.

The 18-mile loop trail will extend from Lake Erie to Monroe County Community College at its western end and connect with Monroe High School, Monroe County Intermediate School District, many county offices, fairgrounds, Ellis Library & Reference Center, the Navarre- Anderson Trading Post, River Raisin Heritage Trail, Mark Worrell Trail, the city riverwalk, River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Sterling State Park and many city parks.

The trail will run along W. Seventh St. from the city to the college campus using the abandoned railroad bed from Herr Rd. to S. Raisinville Rd. From there, it will head north along S. Raisinville to N. Custer Rd. and continue east to Munson Park.

The trail would expand upon the existing City of Monroe sidewalk and path system extending the pathways west into both Frenchtown and Monroe townships, thereby benefiting residents from all three communities, County Administrator Michael Bosanac said.

“The project would create additional opportunities for citizens,” Bosanac said. “Trails are popular amenities in communities and add to the overall quality of life by offering exercise and outdoor activities connecting key locations.”