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Northern Michigan has hundreds of miles of trails and pathways used primarily for bicycling, hiking and cross -country skiing (some also allow horseback riding and snowmobiling). These trails provide a scenic routes through the Michigan countryside, running by rivers and through forests or farm country, connecting small communities and many State Forest Campgrounds.

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” - Henry David Thoreau

Alger County - State Forest Pathways

Gemini Lake Pathway, Shingleton Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 452-6227. Trail Length: 1.50 (Miles). 12 miles NE of Melstrand via Co Rd H-58 & Twin Lakes Truck Trail at South Gemini Lake SF Campground.

Tyoga Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Gwinn Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 346-9201. Trail Length: 1.40 (Miles). 12 miles NW of Au Train via M-28 & Campground Rd.

Antrim County - State Forest Pathways

Jordan Valley Pathway [Hiking], Gaylord Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (989) 732-3541. Trail Length: 18.00 (Miles). 8 miles N of Alba via US-131 & Dead Mans Hill Rd. Trailhead in Graves Crossing State Forest Campground and Pinney Bridge State Forest Campground.

Warner Creek Pathway [Biking & Hiking], Gaylord Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (989) 732-3541. Trail Length: 3.80 (Miles). 9 miles N of Alba Via US-131 & M-32

Benzie County - State Forest Pathways

Betsie River Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 10.00 (Miles).  6 miles W of Thompsonville via M-115, King Rd & Longstreet Rd.

Lake Ann Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 5.80 (Miles).  Trailhead loacted at Lake Ann SF Campground.

Platte Springs Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 2.50 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Platte River SF Campground.

Charlevoix County - State Forest Pathways

Spring Brook Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Gaylord Operations Service Center.  Phone Number: (989) 732-3541. Trail Length: 5.00 (Miles).  8 miles NE of Boyne Falls via Thumb Lake Rd (Co Rd 626), Slashing Rd & Chandler Rd.

Chippewa County - State Forest Pathways

Algonquin Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 9.30 (Miles).  In Sault Ste Marie. Take I-75 to 3 Mile Rd, 20th St. W, & 16th Ave W

Pine Bowl Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 7.70 (Miles).  Pine Bowl is 19 miles SW of Sault Ste Marie. Take I-75 to the Kinross/Tone Road exit; east on Tone Road, then South on Wilson Road

Clare County - State Forest Pathways

Pine Haven Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Gladwin Field Office. Phone Number: (989) 426-9205. Trail Length: 10.00 (Miles).  1 mile NW of Sanford via W. River Rd & Maynard Rd

Delta County - State Forest Pathways

Days River Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Escanaba Forest Area Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 9.00 (Miles).  3 miles NW of Gladstone via US-2 & Days River Rd

Days River Nature Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Escanaba Forest Area Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 0.75 (Miles).  2 miles N of Kipling on Old US-2

Ninga Aki Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Shingleton Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 452-6227. Trail Length: 2.25 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Portage Bay SF Campground

Dickinson County - State Forest Pathways

Gene's Pond Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Crystal Falls Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 875-6622. Trail Length: 2.30 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Gene's Pond SF Campground

Merriman East Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Crystal Falls Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 875-6622. Trail Length: 9.50 (Miles). 13 miles NE of Iron Mountain via M-95 & Merriman Rd.

West Branch Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Crystal Falls Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 875-6622. Trail Length: 1.40 (Miles).  Trailhead located at West Branch SF Campground

Grand Traverse County - State Forest Pathway

Muncie Lake Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking] Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 11.50 (Miles). 13 miles SE of Traverse City via Garfield Ave, Hammond Rd, High Lake Rd, Supply Rd & Rennie Lake Rd.

Sand Lake Quiet Area Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 10.00 (Miles).  (skiers) 5.5 miles SE of Williamsburg via M-72 & Bromhead Rd; (hikers) trailhead located at Guernsey Lake SF Campground.

Vasa Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 16.70 (Miles).  7 miles E of Traverse City via US-31, Bunker Hill Rd & Bartlett Rd

Iron County - State Forest Pathways

Lake Mary Plains Pathway [Biking, Cross-County Skiing, Hiking], Crystal Falls Field Office. Phone Number: (989) 348-6371. Trail Length: 10.00 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Glidden Lake SF Campground.

Lake County - State Forest Pathways

Pine Forest Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Cadillac Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (231) 775-9727. Trail Length: 0.80 (Miles). 1.5 miles NE of Baldwin via M-37, Merriville Rd and 40th Street.

Sheep Ranch Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Cadillac Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (231) 775-9727. Trail Length: 4.50 (Miles).  2 miles E of Baldwin via US-10 & Mud Trail.

Silver Creek Pathway, Cadillac Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (231) 775-9727. Trail Length: 4.00 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Silver Creek SF Campground

Luce County - State Forest Pathways

Bodi Lake Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Newberry Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 1.25 (Miles).  32 miles NE of Newberry via M-123 & Co Rds 500 & 437 at Bodi Lake SF Campground.

Canada Lake Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Newberry Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 14.00 (Miles).  5.5 miles SE of Newberry via M-123, M-28 & Co Rd 403

Mackinac County - State Forest Pathways

Big Knob/ Crow Lake Pathway [HIking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 0.25 (Miles).  12 miles SW of Nawbinway via US-2 & Big Knob Rd.

Marsh Lake Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 1.50 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Big Knob SF Campground

Switchback Ridge Pathway [Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 2.25 (Miles).  Trailhead located between N & S units of Little Brevort SF Campgrounds.

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Marquette County - State Forest Pathways

Anderson Lake Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Gwinn Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 346-9201. Trail Length: 6.00 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Anderson Lake West SF Campground

Blueberry Ridge Pathway [Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Gwinn Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 346-9201. Trail Length: 6.00 (Miles).  6 miles S of Marquette via Co Rd 553 & Co Rd 480. Parking on east side of Co Rd 553

Little Presque Isle/ Harlow Lake Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Gwinn Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 346-9201. Trail Length: 18.00 (Miles).  5 miles N of Marquette on Co Rd 550, trail is on west side of road

Menominee County - State Forest Pathways

Cedar River Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Escanaba Forest Area Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 8.00 (Miles).  8 miles N of Cedar River (town) via M-35 & Co Rd 551

Missaukee County - State Forest Pathways

Cadillac Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Cadillac Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (231) 775-9727. Trail Length: 11.30 (Miles).  5 miles NE of Cadillac via US-131 Boon Rd (34 Mile Rd), & Seeley Rd.

Ogemaw County - State Forest Pathways

Ogemaw Hills Pathway [Biking, Cross-County Skiing, Hiking], Roscommon Field Office, Phone Number: (989) 275-4622. Trail Length: 13.60 (Miles).  5 miles N of West Branch on Fairview Rd.

Osceola County - State Forest Pathways

Osceola State Forest Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Cadillac Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (231) 775-9727. Trail Length: 0.50 (Miles).  6 miles E of LeRoy via Sunrise Lake Rd & 15 Miles Rd.

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Roscommon County - State Forest Pathways

Lost Twin Lake Pathway [Biking, Hiking], North Higgins Lake State Park, Phone Number: (989) 821-6125. Trail Length: 3.00 (Miles). 7 miles SE of Houghton Lake via M-55 & Co Rd 400 (Reserve Rd)

Schoolcraft County - State Forest Pathways

Indian Lake Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Shingleton Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 452-6227. Trail Length: 8.50 (Miles).  9 miles NW of Thompson via M-149


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