Snowmobiling Trails in Michigan

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  • Beaver Pete's Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    Beaver Pete's Trail follows portions of an old railroad corridor in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The trail is popular in winter with snowmobilers. For more information, contact the city of Iron Mountain (501 S Stephenson Ave. Iron Mountain, MI ...
  • Bergland to Sidnaw Rail Trail (Trail 8 on snowmobile maps)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 43.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    There's no need to hold your breath along this trail while teetering across steep land bridges or crossing the extensive bridges that tower over streams and rivers because the spectacular views will take your breath away. You will be rewarded ...
  • Betsie Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 22.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Northern Michigan's natural splendor is on display during a trip along the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail. Stretching north and west from Thompsonville to Frankfort, the crushed limestone and asphalt trail travels through Pere Marquette State Forest ...
  • Bill Nicholls Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 41.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    Both scenic and challenging, the Bill Nicholls Trail (a portion of designated Snowmobile Trail #3) covers 41.5 miles of sometimes steep, sometimes sandy and sometimes soaring terrain. The trail takes you over the west and east branches of the ...
  • Chassell-Houghton Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 8.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    The rail-trail between Chassell and Houghton roughly parallels US 41 on one side and the shore of Portage Lake on the other. This trail is open to snowmobiles in the winter and walkers/hikers and cyclists during the rest of the year. Users ...
  • Coalwood Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 26.4 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Coalwood Trail runs east–west for 26.4 miles between the Cusino State Wildlife Research Area and the town of Chatham. The trail traverses wooded and open terrain in parts of the Hiawatha National Forest. Just east of where the trail crosses ...
  • Felch Grade Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 38 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

    For two-thirds of its length, this trail parallels M-69--right along the highway, in fact. From the road it might not look like anything special. But from the trail, your awareness of the lightly-traveled road is masked by the vegetation that ...
  • Freda Trail (Trail 121 on snowmobile maps)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 11.2 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Freda Trail loop connects with the Bill Nichols trail just north of Toivola and offers riders a fun-filled trek to view Lake Superior and join back up with the trail near South Range. Also from this trail riders can choose the Chassell Trail ...
  • Gay - Mohawk Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 27 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Gay–Mohawk Trail runs between the two small towns of the same name in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. It is largely a snowmobile trail. For more information and maps, contact Keweenaw Trails Services.
  • Grand Marais Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 41.7 miles
    Surface: Sand

    For more information on the Grand Marais Trail, between Shingleton and Grand Marais, contact the Michigan DNR. This trail is popular with snowmobilers.
  • Hancock-Calumet Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 13.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

    Take a trip through the heart of "Copper Country" on the Hancock/Calumet Trail. When more than three-quarters of the nation's copper came from this region of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Mineral Range Railroad cars hauled hard-rock copper along this ...
  • Hart-Montague Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 22.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Hart-Montague Trail State Park is one of Michigan's great rural rail-trails. The trail is located in Oceana County, the "asparagus capital of the world," and the town of Hart hosts an annual asparagus festival complete with a parade, ...
  • Haywire Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 33 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Sand

    The multi-use Haywire Trail is primarily used by ORVs in summer and snowmobiles in winter. The trail is also open to mountain biking, hiking and horse riding. It traverses soggy ground, so be prepared to get wet in places. The trail runs ...
  • Hillman to Alpena Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel, Sand

    The scenic Hillman to Alpena Trial has several bridge crossings and its gravel surface is great for mountain biking or hiking during summer and snowmobiling during winter. You will encounter some gates, to keep out ORVs, but you can easily get ...
  • Huron Forest Snowmobile Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 95 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Huron National Forest has several miles' worth of snowmobile, hiking, and mountain biking trails throughout the area. For more details, contact the Huron National Forest.
  • Iron Ore Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 47 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    Iron Ore Heritage Trail traverses 47 miles across the Marquette Iron Range in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. The trail shares and celebrates the area’s rich mining history with interpretive signage, artwork, and connections to museums ...
  • Iron Range Trails - Beechwood to Gibbs City

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 48 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Beechwood to Gibbs City section of the Iron Range Trail system is primarily used by snowmobiles and ATVs. The trail follows an old railroad corridor through the bogs, lakes and forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between the areas known ...
  • Iron Range Trails - Crystal Falls to Iron River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 25 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Crystal Falls to Iron River section of the Iron Range Trail system is primarily used by snowmobiles and ATVs. The trail follows an old railroad corridor through the bogs, lakes and forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between the towns ...
  • Iron Range Trails - Crystal Falls to Stager Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Crystal Falls to Stager section of the Iron Range Trail system is primarily used by snowmobiles and ATVs. The trail follows an old railroad corridor through the bogs, lakes and forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between the town of Crystal ...
  • Irons Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 60 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Irons Area Tourist Association maintains 60 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles and ATVs in the Manistee National Forest. For more information, contact the tourist association or the national forest.
  • Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 34.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The nine towns that once stood between Kalamazoo and South Haven were connected by train traffic from 1870 to 1970. Some of those towns have faded into the past, but the old railroad corridor linking Kalamazoo and South Haven still hums with ...
  • Keweenaw Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 58 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

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  • L'Anse to Big Bay Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 54 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The L'Anse to Big Bay Trail is a popular snowmobile trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The trail runs between the town of L'Anse and Big Bay, along the shore of Lake Superior through Sawyer Lake County Park. The trail traverses woodland, bog ...
  • Little Falls Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Grass

    The Little Falls Trail is located on the southern end of Bond Falls Flowage in the Watersmeet Ranger District of the Ottawa National Forest. Contact the national forest for more information.
  • Little Lake to Chatham Snowmobile Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 26 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt

    The Little Lake to Chatham Snowmobile Trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula traverses a remote area of bog and woodland. For more information, contact Snowmobile Chatham and UP snowmobile trails.
  • Marquette Multi-Use Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 19 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Marquette's Multi-Use Path includes more than 19 miles of asphalt trails that circle the city, from Presque Ile Park in the north to the town of Harvey in the south. The trail provides access to neighborhoods, shopping and business districts, ...
  • Musketawa Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 25-mile Musketawa Trail provides a patchwork of scenery from Muskegon to Marne, neatly divided by its four trailheads. From west to east the trailheads are in Muskegon at Broadway and in Ravenna, Conklin and Marne. Grand Rapids is only 4 ...
  • Nahma Grade Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 32 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Nahma Grade Trail is popular with snowmobilers; it's groomed in winter and links to other area snowmobile trails. The trail passes through a corridor of pine woods, open space and lowland sand flats. Much of the trail follows an abandoned ...
  • North Central State Trail (formerly Gaylord to Mackinaw City Rail-Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 62 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The 62-mile North Central State Trail (formerly the Gaylord to Mackinaw City Rail-Trail) offers a multi-use trail adventure into Michigan's north woods, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both ends. With its new crushed limestone ...
  • North Eastern State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 71 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The North Eastern State Trail is the longest in the Top of Michigan Trails Council system: 71 miles. The trail is also known as the Alpena to Cheboygan Trail and formerly as the Cheboygan-Hawks Rail Trail. Surfaced in smooth, crushed limestone, ...
  • Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 87.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand

    If a trip on the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail leaves you in love with this route, you are not alone. The Pere Marquette is one of the most heavily used trails in Michigan (the section between Midland and Clare), according to a 2002 Michigan State ...
  • Peshekee to Clowry Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 6.1 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel

    The Peshekee to Clowry Rail-Trail is straight and flat, following an old railroad grade that parallels Ida Road north of the town of Champion. The trail crosses the Escanaba River in several places as it traverses a terrain of mixed forest and ...
  • Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 35 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail consists of 35 miles of mostly dirt and cinder trail, though the 7-mile section between Petoskey and Alanson is now paved with asphalt. The trail passes through many communities along the way, including Conway, ...
  • Pinckney Recreation Area (Bruin Lake)

    State: MI
    Length: 26 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    A paradise for backpackers, mountain bikers, anglers and other recreation enthusiasts, this 11,000-acre park is known for its extensive trail system and chain of excellent fishing lakes. Twenty-six miles of hiking trails are open to mountain ...
  • Pontiac Lake Recreation Area (Hidden Ridge Stable, Orchard Hills)

    State: MI
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Glacial action has left the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area with many ponds, marshes, fields and rolling hills covered with heavily forested areas. The park has miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails (including horse rental), ...
  • Republic/Champion Grade Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    Over its 7.5 mile course, the trail crosses 11 small bridges, skirts a couple of lakes and ponds, passes by bogs and beaver huts, and flows by and across creeks and rivers. Stop and enjoy the open water with grasses, cattails, and water lilies. ...
  • Rifle River Recreation Area trails

    State: MI
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Rifle River Recreation Area features 10 inland lakes and ponds for fishing, canoeing and swimming. The park is excellent for bird and wildlife viewing, especially along the 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Most of the park is open ...
  • Soo Strong Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 32 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Sand

    The Soo Strongs Trail runs for 32 miles, mostly following part of an abandoned rail corridor of the old Soo Line, between Sault Ste. Marie and the small community of Eckerman. There's a gap in the trail between Beaune Road at W. Irish Line Road ...
  • St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 26 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail is located almost entirely within the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The follows an abandoned rail corridor from the town of St. Ignace north to the community of Trout Lake. The trail ...
  • State Line Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 107.1 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    This rugged trail is Michigan's longest and reddest (iron in the soil) rail-trail. There are over 50 bridges on the trail, often with incredible vistas over rivers. Eagle and osprey sightings are possible, particularly between Iron River and ...
  • Van Buren Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    Head for Van Buren Trail State Park and take a walk (or ride) on the wild side. Wildlife abounds on this rural 14 miles between Hartford and South Haven. While you might see deer, rabbit, fox and eagles, this is an undeveloped trail that has ...
  • Watersmeet to Land O'Lakes Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 8.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Watersmeet to Land O'Lakes Trail follows a former railroad corridor between the towns of Watersmeet, in the north, and Land O'Lakes, in the south. The trail is used by snowmobiles and ATVs, as well as mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers. ...
  • Wellston Area Tourist Association Snowmobile Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 64 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Wellston Area Tourist Association maintains about 64 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling in the Manistee–Huron National Forest. For more information and maps, contact the Tourist Association.
  • White Pine Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 92.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The White Pine Trail is Michigan's longest rail-trail, following the former Grand Rapids and Indiana rail bed for 93.5 miles through five counties. This massive trail showcases a variety of landscapes, from swamps to forests to open farmland, ...
  • Yankee Springs Recreation Area

    State: MI
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Sand

    In southwestern Michigan, 30 miles from Grand Rapids, you'll find 13 miles of trail for mountain biking; parts of the hilly, wooded route are shared with hikers. If you take the first shortcut for a 5 mile ride you will avoid most of the most ...