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Head to Northeastern Michigan for some of the best trail riding in the state. Northeastern Michigan offers thousands of miles of excellent trails and rugged terrain for mountain bikers of all ages and ability. Many trails are maintained by local governments or organizations in partnership with the DNR.  Trails include challenging single tracks to family paths. Accurate mileage, easy to follow directions to trailheads, and trail maps are provided when available.  If mountain biking is your sport, northeastern Michigan has the trails for you. There are different trails available in the Huron National Forest.   Anyway you look at it, there's a lot to enjoy! 

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Blooming Ideas [Home Decor, Bike Rentals], 3499 South Staits Highway, Indian River, MI 49749, Phone: (231) 238-4111

Biking Trails

Aspen Park [Biking & Hiking Trails], Commerce Blvd, Gaylord, MI 49735, Phone: (989) 732-4060. Located just blocks from downton Gaylord, the park offers many different paths to enjoy your quiet sport of choice or benches to sit and enjoy the view. If mountain biking is more to your liking then that too can be done in Aspen Park on one of the "dirt" trails developed in cooperation with the Northern Mid-Michigan Chapter of Michigan Mountain Biking Association. Featuring 100 acres of woods, paved and unpaved trails, tennis courts and some of the best scenery in Northern Michigan. Aspen Park is a year-round park! During the winter you can enjoy the groomed cross country ski trails or set off on a pair of snowshoes to enjoy the beautiful winter scenes.

Besser Bell Pathway, Mackinaw State Forest, US-23 & County Road 405, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 785-4251.  1 mile bike, hike trail.

Black Mountain Pathway [Biking, Hiking, Horse and Ski Trail], County Road 489, Onaway, MI 49765, Phone: (989) 785-4251. 30 mile groomed double-tracked cross-country ski, hike, bike and horseback trail. A separate six-mile skating lane meanders around the lower portion of the mountain. Well maintained. Parking lot, toilet and informal bulletin board with maps. Nearby Black Lake and Twin Lakes Campgrounds.

Black Mountain Ramble.   15.4 miles - The Black Mountain Recreation Area hills are welcome relief to cross-country skiers, hikers, and bikers.

Clear Lake/Jackson Lake Pathway, 10 miles N of Atlanta on M-33, Atlanta, MI 49709, Phone: (989) 785-4251.  7.5 mile hiking and biking trail.

Green Pine Lake Pathway [Biking & Hiking Trail], 14 miles NW of Clare on M-115, Clare, MI 48617, Phone: (989) 426-9205. 8.5 mile trail suitable for biking and hiking. 

Hanson Hills Recreation Area [Biking, Hiking & Ski Trails, Ice Skating] 7601 Old Lake Road, PO Box 361, Grayling, MI 49738, Phone: (989) 348-9266.  Home of the Michigan Cup Marathon and the Hanson Hills Challenge Races. A complete 1000 acre winter/summer sports park. Family recreation at reasonable rates. Terrain Park, 11 downhill skiing runs, 35 km cross-country skiing, ice skating, tubing, biking, fishing, softball field, hiking & walking trails, rental facilities. Indoor Skate Park with 6 ft roller, quarter pipes, grind rails, fun boxes & more.

Hinchman Acres Resort

Huron Sunrise Trail [Biking & Hiking Trail], 292 S. Bradley Hwy, Rogers City C of C, Rogers City, MI 49779, Phone: (989) 734-2535. Stretching 10-miles north along Lake Huron from Rogers City, the Huron-Sunrise Trail is one of northern Michigan’s most beautiful. Built by the City of Rogers City, the all-asphalt trail ends in Hoeft State Park with plans for a two-mile extension to Forty Mile Point to the northwest. To the southeast, the long-term goal is to find a way through the Michigan Limestone Operations quarry to a railroad right of way called the Rogers City Spur and a link to the Alpena to Mackinaw City Trail. The Huron Sunrise Trail has many amenities in town and in the state park. On the north side of town is the Vogler Conservation Area, a 270 acre forested property that also includes seven additional miles of trails mostly for hiking or mountain biking.

Norway Ridge Pathway [Bike, Hike & Ski Trail], Werth Road, Mackinaw State Forest, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 785-4251. Seven mile groomed ski, hike and bike trail. One trail with three groomed and marked loops for novice and intermediate x-country skiers. Parking and toilet available.

Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway [Biking, Hiking & Ski Trails], Mackinaw State Forest, M-68, Millersburg, MI 49759, Phone: (989) 785-4251 - 11.5 miles west of Rogers City - 6.5 miles.  1 - 6 miles, groomed ski, 3 loops, hike, bike trails. Three trails of Greek skiing next to the largest falls in the lower part of Michigan, modern to challenging trails. Trailhead located at Ocqueoc Falls State Forest Campground.  Cheboygan & Rogers City

Pine Baron Pathway [Biking, Hiking & Ski Trail], 5 miles SW of Gaylord, Mackinaw State Forest, Gaylord, MI 49735, Phone: (989) 732-3541.  8.75 (14km) mile groomed ski, hike, bike trail. Has nice scenery with woods to decrease the wind chill. This novice trail is nearly flat on all but the "Whopping Loop" which has some small hills.

Red Pine Natural Area Pathway, AuSable State Forest, F-97 & Sunset Road
Saint Helen, MI 48656, Phone: (989) 275-4622.  1.5 mile hike, bike, interpretive foot trail.

Sinkhole Pathway [Biking & Hiking Trail], Mackinaw State Forest, M-33 & Tomahawk Lake Hwy, Onaway, MI 49765, Phone: (989) 785-4251 1.5 miles.  Features include five sinkholes, formed when underground caves collapsed.  Trailhead and parking at Shoepac Lake Forest Campground marked with blue blazes.  Joins High Country Pathway.

Tisdale Triangle Pathway [Biking, Hiking & Ski Trail], M-18 & Tisdale Road, AuSable State Forest, Roscommon, MI 48653, Phone: (989) 275-4622.  10.1 miles, groomed ski, hike, bike trail. The trail has multiple loops all of which are relatively flat terrain.

Wakely Lake Foot Travel Area [Biking, Hiking & Ski Trails], M-72 West, Huron-Mainstee National Forest, Grayling, MI 49738, Phone: (989) 826-3252.  A federally owned special area designed for the protection and restoration of the population of threatened loons and eagles. Vegetation varies from tag alder and conifer swamps to upland jack pine, white pine and oak. Fishing is catch and release only to maintain food supply for loons. Walk-in access and camping. With an extensive network of trails, it is a scenic, non-motorized area. Hiking, biking & ungroomed cross-country ski trails range in length from 4 1/2 miles to 7 miles. Loon nesting area closed to public from March 1 to July 1.

Bike Routes

Cheboygan to Mackinaw City Bike Route - 15 miles - Four foot paved pathway on each side of US-23.  Flat terrain.  Views of Straits of Mackinac.  Roadside park at halfway point.


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