The Seven Lakes
State Park Connector will be completed when the Plute Development
Company installs approximately 1 1/2 miles of surfaced
trailway across the open fields that separate Holly Village from Seven
Lakes State Park. The 900+ units of the Riverside development span
north and south of the Shiawassee River in Holly Township. Spurs from
main trail will lead to the new homesites being installed in various
The end result will
be a hard surface pathway with one end in downtown historic Holly,
known for its specialty and antique shops. Traveling west, the path
will follow along village streets, past the new Pulte homes and end at
the entrance of Seven Lakes State Park. The 140 acre state park has
boating, swimming, hiking and camping facilities and is open year round.
The Connector will
help Holly become a truly walkable community, where visitors and
residents can opt for healthful modes of transportation and where
students can walk safely to neighborhood schools.
The central trail
will have two spurs, one leading to Patterson
Elementary School and the other connecting to the southern part of the
Pulte Development and Holly Academy, a K-8 institution. This section
crosses the Shiawassee River where an overlook and fishing pier are
River is also the proposed Water Heritage Trail from Holly to Fenton
flowing east to west. As it intersects the Seven Lakes Connector, a
canoe/kayak portage will be built around the pedestrian bridge on the
Water Heritage Trail where the river narrows and drops about two feet.
Beyond Seven Lakes
State Park the potential exists for connecting to a trail network
running through Genesee County. At the other end of the Connector, the
possibility exists of traveling along any of the four other trail
segments proposed by Headwaters Trails. Thus the Connector will join
fourteen miles of local trails that have proposed links to other county
wide greenways and trails. Adventurous residents of or visitors to the
Holly will have the opportunity to walk, bike, hike or otherwise travel
along new non-motorized routes in a section of Oakland County that
remains rural and scenic.
completion date 2006.