Michigan will soon have the longest state-designated trail; 1,259 miles of hiking, including a 774 mile biking route, stretching between Detroit's Belle Isle and the northwestern Upper Peninsula's Ironwood.  8,800 names were submitted in a contest hosted by the Department of Natural  Resources last fall, and three winners were randomly selected from all the entries to receive a free vacation.

Matthew Husted of Jerome is one of the winners.  There was also a winner from Lapeer and a winner from Rochester.

The name ultimately chosen for this new trail: Iron Belle.  MLive has more from the DNR on why this is the perfect name.

Find out more about the recently opened Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail