Alpena, MI Trails and Maps

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Explore the best rated trails in Alpena, MI. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Huron Sunrise Trail and Alpena Bi-Path. With more than 5 trails covering 127 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Alpena Bi-Path

14 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Cinder

Alpena to Hillman Trail

22 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt

Huron Sunrise Trail

8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

North Eastern State Trail

71 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Shingle Mill Pathway

12 mi
State: MI
Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Alpena's Bi-Path covers 14 miles of ground in an urban landscape, taking in scenic views of Lake Huron and Thunder Bay River, as well as skirting Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. The paved trail follows a...
MI 14 mi Asphalt, Cinder
The scenic Alpena to Hillman Trail runs for 22 miles across northern Michigan on a former railroad corridor. The surface is largely improved, so the trail is popular with hikers and mountain bikers,...
MI 22 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt
The Huron Sunrise Trail follows the shore of Lake Huron from south of Rogers City, through town and north to end at 40 Mile Lighthouse. The scenic trail links the town with Vogler Conservation Area, a...
MI 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The 71-mile North Eastern State Trail, along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway, provides a mostly solitary and meditative experience as you travel through wetlands, farmland, forests, and a few...
MI 71 mi Crushed Stone
The Shingle Mill Pathway is a series of trail loops for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. Horses and snowmobiles are not permitted on the Shingle Mill Pathway. All the loops begin...
MI 12 mi Dirt

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Trails by activity

Alpena Bi-Path

MI - 14 miles

Alpena's Bi-Path covers 14 miles of ground in an urban landscape, taking in scenic views of Lake Huron and Thunder Bay River, as well as skirting Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. The paved trail follows a...

North Eastern State Trail

MI - 71 miles

The 71-mile North Eastern State Trail, along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway, provides a mostly solitary and meditative experience as you travel through wetlands, farmland, forests, and a few...

Huron Sunrise Trail

MI - 8 miles

The Huron Sunrise Trail follows the shore of Lake Huron from south of Rogers City, through town and north to end at 40 Mile Lighthouse. The scenic trail links the town with Vogler Conservation Area, a...

Shingle Mill Pathway

MI - 12 miles

The Shingle Mill Pathway is a series of trail loops for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. Horses and snowmobiles are not permitted on the Shingle Mill Pathway. All the loops begin...

Alpena to Hillman Trail

MI - 22 miles

The scenic Alpena to Hillman Trail runs for 22 miles across northern Michigan on a former railroad corridor. The surface is largely improved, so the trail is popular with hikers and mountain bikers,...

North Eastern State Trail

MI - 71 miles

The 71-mile North Eastern State Trail, along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway, provides a mostly solitary and meditative experience as you travel through wetlands, farmland, forests, and a few...

Alpena Bi-Path

MI - 14 miles

Alpena's Bi-Path covers 14 miles of ground in an urban landscape, taking in scenic views of Lake Huron and Thunder Bay River, as well as skirting Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. The paved trail follows a...

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Huron Sunrise Trail

MI - 8 miles

The Huron Sunrise Trail follows the shore of Lake Huron from south of Rogers City, through town and north to end at 40 Mile Lighthouse. The scenic trail links the town with Vogler Conservation Area, a...

Alpena to Hillman Trail

MI - 22 miles

The scenic Alpena to Hillman Trail runs for 22 miles across northern Michigan on a former railroad corridor. The surface is largely improved, so the trail is popular with hikers and mountain bikers,...

Shingle Mill Pathway

MI - 12 miles

The Shingle Mill Pathway is a series of trail loops for hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. Horses and snowmobiles are not permitted on the Shingle Mill Pathway. All the loops begin...

North Eastern State Trail

MI - 71 miles

The 71-mile North Eastern State Trail, along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway, provides a mostly solitary and meditative experience as you travel through wetlands, farmland, forests, and a few...

Huron Sunrise Trail

MI - 8 miles

The Huron Sunrise Trail follows the shore of Lake Huron from south of Rogers City, through town and north to end at 40 Mile Lighthouse. The scenic trail links the town with Vogler Conservation Area, a...

Accordion

Alpena Bi-Path

MI - 14 miles

Alpena's Bi-Path covers 14 miles of ground in an urban landscape, taking in scenic views of Lake Huron and Thunder Bay River, as well as skirting Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. The paved trail follows a...

Recent Trail Reviews

Huron Sunrise Trail

A Beautiful, easy to follow trail on Hwy 23

July, 2021 by laura.hart18

We have been traveling north on historic Highway 23 for several days and were on the lookout for a good bike trail. For us, a good bike trail is always paved in some manner, minimal time on roadways (and never on a bike lane of a major thoroughfare) and one where you can at least get about 12-15 miles in. We’d been struggling to accomplish this in this part of the state when I found the Huron Sunrise trail on Trail Link. What a completely perfect ride this is! You follow along the coast of Lake Huron (though not for the whole ride). The forest sections are truly lovely. The trail is only steep in a couple weeks f places. We rode from Rogers City Marina to 40 mile lighthouse and back and the steep parts are right at the entrance to 40 Miles Lighthouse. Best of all, when the trail jogged right or left, the course was clearly marked which made for a fun and relaxing ride. Could not recommend this ride enough!

North Eastern State Trail

Peaceful ride

July, 2021 by nanrolph

We had a beautiful sunny day and rode from the trailhead in Alpena to Posen, out and back. The trail was generally smooth and easy to ride on. It went mainly through woods and some fields and farmland. We saw some wildlife including deer and wild turkeys, as well as an abundance of butterflies - a very pleasant and peaceful ride.
We stopped for lunch in Posen at the Route 65 Diner, which is just north of the trail in town. They had a good variety of choices, great food, great service in a welcoming environment, and a clean bathroom to boot! Would definitely recommend!

Huron Sunrise Trail

Enjoyable ride¿¿

July, 2021 by xfpcdx56mb

What a beautiful trail! I rode from Rogers City to 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, very well maintained and singed. A+ in my book.

Accordion

North Eastern State Trail

Eastern Section is also in great shape

September, 2020 by utahfoto

Marking the first day of Autumn, my friend and I rode 36 miles from the Millersburg trailhead, east to Alpena. The trail was in great shape (no longer rough as reported in previous year's reviews). The trailhead in Metz was beautiful and included a shaded pavillion, restrooms, a drinking fountain with great tasting water, informative displays regarding death, destruction and recovery efforts associated with the huge fire in 1908 and was nicely landscaped. We rode our gravel bikes with 35 to 40 mm widths, I would not advise using road bikes. Lots of nice little towns along the route to find refreshments. This was an excellent, though little used trail.

North Eastern State Trail

Western section is in great shape

September, 2020 by utahfoto

Rode from the trailhead in Millersburg (very nice facility) to the trailhead in Cheboygan. Over the 34 miles there were nice views and a number of towns to pick up food and or refreshments. The bridges were all in good shape, as was the trail surface. My friend and I rode gravel bikes, mine with 35mm tires and his with 40mm width tires. The surface wasn't rough and there was only one road crossing where there were significant bike handling issues due to the sand. I wouldn't advice using a road bike with skinny high pressure tires, they'll likely have problems in some of the areas where there was a bit of loose gravel. This was a really nice trail!

North Eastern State Trail

Alpena to Hawks

September, 2020 by projektyle

I found this trail to be fun - good crushed limestone, well marked (including distance to next location). There are a number of road crossings, but that can't be helped. It would be great if they could make it so I don't go uphill and into the wind, but also, nothing to be done about that!

Huron Sunrise Trail

Nice trail, nice scenery

September, 2020 by utahfoto

Pleasant, mainly flat trail from Rogers City along the Huron Lake out to 40 Mile Point Lighthouse. Very pretty. Trail wasn't crowded on a Wednesday evening.

Alpena Bi-Path

Hard to follow, lots of sidewalks

September, 2020 by utahfoto

Signage needs to be upgraded, real bike paths, not sidewalks, should introduced where not already present. Disjointed. This series of semi interconnected routes is mainly for local folks on casual / heavy bikes. For folks who like to ride some distance without frequent interuptions, road crossings, and or traffic lights, these routes are not for you.

Huron Sunrise Trail

Great ride!

July, 2020 by pblamer_tl

I would suggest starting at the baseball field parking lot north of the calcite plant then riding north to 40 Mile Point Lighthouse. Next time I will pack a cooler and swim suit so that when I end back at the ball field beach, I’ll spend the afternoon!

North Eastern State Trail

Rough ride

June, 2019 by chipper53

I tried biking from Tower east and only made it to Onaway before turning around. The trail surface was rough for my hybrid bike. There was little shade, no benches, few points of interest. I was the only biker out on June 7, 2019, which was a Friday and a beautiful day. I think this trail has potential, and maybe there are some picturesque spots, but I chose to return to the North Central Trail at Wolverine, also crushed limestone but a smooth surface.

Huron Sunrise Trail

amazing!

August, 2018 by chiroveda1

A gem, lightly used trails and remote beaches: romantic ride!

North Eastern State Trail

Rough Trail from Alpena North

August, 2018 by sw45840

I had planned to ride the trail from Cheboygan, Mi. to Alpena. Other cyclists told me the trail was rough most of the way, so I decided to ride part of the trail North from Alpena. The 10 miles I rode was rough. There were tractor tire imprints left when the trail was driven over while still soft. It dried out then hardened. It was about like riding over a washboard....for those of you who know what that is. The part of the trail I rode was mostly through wooded areas. I was riding a Cannondale Synapse with 700x32 tires. The trail is more suited for hybrids or mountain bikes.

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