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

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...

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 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...

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,...

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

Accordion

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...

Recent Trail Reviews

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.

Accordion

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.

Alpena Bi-Path

Impossible to Follow

May, 2018 by dianewien

As noted in two other reviews, it is impossible to follow this "trail", which is basically riding on the sidewalks of Alpena. We got a map at the bike shop, but it's very difficult to follow. We spent over an hour trying to find our way from the bike shop to the Duck Lake area, with no success. There are occasional signs on the "trail", but you follow them, come to an intersection, and there is no indication of which way to turn. There is one nice area along the river, which is an actual bike path. Overall, very disappointing.

North Eastern State Trail

Nice trail but a little loose for 25mm

August, 2017 by jeff99

I rode from M33 to M27. Very nice, although a tad loose for 25mm tires. There is access to Aloha State Park (bathrooms, picnic tables, etc) from the trail. A park ranger stopped me at a crossing and gave me a FREE ICE CREAM ticket for being a safe rider! 😁

Careful on the bridge crossing the Cheboygan River (see my hazard alertin a different post).

North Eastern State Trail

HAZARD ALERT

August, 2017 by jeff99

The bridge crossing the Cheboygan River is potentially dangerous. The wood planking has some gaps wide enough for tires to get caught AND once caught, there is no escape. I nearly crashed!

Unless you feel lucky, best walk across the bridge.

Shingle Mill Pathway

Just What I Was Looking For

July, 2017 by caleb.stade

I have been trying to get back into backpacking after a two year hiatus but also something to fight the city blues from being stuck in the concrete jungle. Pigeon River County State Forest did both quite nicely.

Beautiful plants with trees, plenty of distance from any cities or towns, well trod path, great support facilities (water pumps,campsites, etc), friendly people, a truly picturesque stream running through, excellent options on length, good signage.

Two minor complaints. 1) The trail could use a bit more love. There was on section in particular that was pretty over grown with the grasses. I did not have much trouble following the trail but it was almost completely overshadowed by the growth in places. There were also several substantial trees across the path that could do with clearing. 2) Better differentiation between the trails markers would make things much easier. All trails have the same blue triangle that indicates and ski/hiking path but there is more than one trail in the park. Nothing careful map work and a little orienteering can't overcome, but it would be much simpler if at least some sort of color coding was put in place.

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