Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Downriver Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State Park, a distance of approximately 6.5 miles. The trail is paved with asphalt with the exception of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' heavy equipment gravel driveway (about 50 feet) and includes some very steep hills. The trail does have two dangerous road and bridge crossings that require caution from trail users.
It is acknowledge by locals that this trail is far from being the best to ride as far as saftey and ease of use is concerened. Attempts are being made to get the Michigan Department of Transportation to make some changes for the good of all trail users.
The Grayling Bicycle Turnpike is not a rails-to-trails conversion.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking is available at the new Grayling City Hall or at Grayling High Scool, which is about half-way down the trail. Parking is also available at Hartwick Pines State Park, but a state parking permit is necessary to park there.
A Nice Trail
Other than the I75 crossing, I thought that this was an excellent trail. I am confused about one person's statement of steep hills as my children, aged five and eight, enjoyed the full 13 mile round trip with no trouble at all. We were especially pleased ...
"This trail is better than nothing but it has several real safety issues and some very steep hills which are dangerous too. It has not been maintained very well, is not marked very well but the idea of it was good... and that was to get riders from Hartwick ...
"This trail needs some major saftey and repair work as it includes a crossing at a three-way intersection and a ride across I-75 on a dirty bridge shoulder. The trail is nice, but in sections it is dangerously close to M-93 where vehicles travel at up ...