The Friends of the Iron County Heritage Trail in coordination with Iron County have received funding to construct a 7.85 mile paved pathway connecting the existing Apple Blossom Trail to Pentoga Park. Grants have been secured from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (DNR)- $500,000 and the National Scenic Byways Program- $995,600. The total project cost will be $1.6 million with the remainder of the project being supported by local labor and materials from the City of Gaastra and Stambaugh Township. Implementation of the project will be coordinated by the Iron County Road Commission and Iron County Board of Commissioners with the assistance of MDOT and WUPPDR. Once complete, the trail combined with the Apple Blossom Trail will stretch 22 miles from the City of Iron River to the County owned Pentoga Park. Future phases include a connection to Bewabic Park and to the Crystal Falls pathway that currently terminates at the Iron County Medical Care Facility.