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Explore the best rated trails in Indian River, MI. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Huron Sunrise Trail and Boyne Valley Trailway. With more than 13 trails covering 285 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 to Hillman Trail

22 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt

Boyne Valley Trailway

6.3 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

2.2 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

6.5 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Gravel

Huron Sunrise Trail

8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Concrete

Little Traverse Wheelway

23.7 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

North Central State Trail

62 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

North Eastern State Trail

71 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

North Western State Trail

32 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Shingle Mill Pathway

12 mi
State: MI
Dirt

Spring Brook Pathway

5 mi
State: MI
Ballast, Dirt

St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail

26 mi
State: MI
Dirt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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 those on snowmobiles, as well...
MI 22 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt
Though the plan for a trail along the former Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena Railroad has existed since at least 2000, it took two decades to see the trail come to fruition. Thanks to the persistent...
MI 6.3 mi Asphalt
The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2...
MI 2.2 mi Crushed Stone
Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Down River Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State...
MI 6.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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
Closure notice: As of April 2020, dangerous conditions due to erosion of the trail have necessitated the closure of portions of this trail. Visit the trail manager's website for closure details as...
MI 23.7 mi Asphalt
Mackinac Island is truly deserving of its status as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Michigan. Although small—less than 4 square miles—the island offers an abundance of natural and...
MI 8.3 mi Asphalt
The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both...
MI 62 mi Crushed Stone
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 North Western State Trail—formerly known as the Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail after its endpoints—passes through many communities along the way, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Brutus, Pellston,...
MI 32 mi Asphalt, 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
The 5-mile Spring Brook Trail crosses flat to hilly terrain in Mackinaw State Forest. The trail accommodates hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. The trail meanders along a wooded creek...
MI 5 mi Ballast, Dirt
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...
MI 26 mi Dirt, Gravel

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North Western State Trail

MI - 32 miles

The North Western State Trail—formerly known as the Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail after its endpoints—passes through many communities along the way, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Brutus, Pellston,...

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...

Little Traverse Wheelway

MI - 23.7 miles

Closure notice: As of April 2020, dangerous conditions due to erosion of the trail have necessitated the closure of portions of this trail. Visit the trail manager's website for closure details as...

North Central State Trail

MI - 62 miles

The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both...

Accordion

Boyne Valley Trailway

MI - 6.3 miles

Though the plan for a trail along the former Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena Railroad has existed since at least 2000, it took two decades to see the trail come to fruition. Thanks to the persistent...

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...

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

MI - 6.5 miles

Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Down River Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State...

Mackinac Island Loop (State Highway 185)

MI - 8.3 miles

Mackinac Island is truly deserving of its status as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Michigan. Although small—less than 4 square miles—the island offers an abundance of natural and...

North Central State Trail

MI - 62 miles

The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both...

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...

Little Traverse Wheelway

MI - 23.7 miles

Closure notice: As of April 2020, dangerous conditions due to erosion of the trail have necessitated the closure of portions of this trail. Visit the trail manager's website for closure details as...

North Western State Trail

MI - 32 miles

The North Western State Trail—formerly known as the Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail after its endpoints—passes through many communities along the way, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Brutus, Pellston,...

Accordion

Mackinac Island Loop (State Highway 185)

MI - 8.3 miles

Mackinac Island is truly deserving of its status as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Michigan. Although small—less than 4 square miles—the island offers an abundance of natural and...

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 those on snowmobiles, as well...

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

MI - 6.5 miles

Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Down River Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State...

Boyne Valley Trailway

MI - 6.3 miles

Though the plan for a trail along the former Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena Railroad has existed since at least 2000, it took two decades to see the trail come to fruition. Thanks to the persistent...

Spring Brook Pathway

MI - 5 miles

The 5-mile Spring Brook Trail crosses flat to hilly terrain in Mackinaw State Forest. The trail accommodates hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. The trail meanders along a wooded creek...

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...

St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail

MI - 26 miles

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...

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

MI - 2.2 miles

The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2...

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 Central State Trail

MI - 62 miles

The 62-mile North Central State Trail offers a multiuse trail adventure into the hills, agricultural areas, woods, and waterways of Michigan, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both...

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...

Little Traverse Wheelway

MI - 23.7 miles

Closure notice: As of April 2020, dangerous conditions due to erosion of the trail have necessitated the closure of portions of this trail. Visit the trail manager's website for closure details as...

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

St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail

MI - 26 miles

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...

Spring Brook Pathway

MI - 5 miles

The 5-mile Spring Brook Trail crosses flat to hilly terrain in Mackinaw State Forest. The trail accommodates hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. The trail meanders along a wooded creek...

North Western State Trail

MI - 32 miles

The North Western State Trail—formerly known as the Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail after its endpoints—passes through many communities along the way, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Brutus, Pellston,...

Boyne Valley Trailway

MI - 6.3 miles

Though the plan for a trail along the former Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena Railroad has existed since at least 2000, it took two decades to see the trail come to fruition. Thanks to the persistent...

Mackinac Island Loop (State Highway 185)

MI - 8.3 miles

Mackinac Island is truly deserving of its status as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Michigan. Although small—less than 4 square miles—the island offers an abundance of natural and...

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 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 those on snowmobiles, as well...

Grass River Natural Area Rail Trail

MI - 2.2 miles

The Grass River Natural Area has a system of six trails through wetlands and woodland, a beautiful retreat south of Lake Bellaire in northern Michigan. The preserve's rail-trail provides just over 2...

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

MI - 6.5 miles

Located in Grayling, Michigan, the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike runs from the north side of the Grayling downtown area at North Down River Road all the way out to the entrance of Hartwick Pines State...

Recent Trail Reviews

Boyne Valley Trailway

Nice pathway

April, 2022 by raberry88

This is a nice pathway. Great for family rides. I would like to see a connecting route through town to the pathway toward Charlevoix. I hope this will be extended on the other side of Boyne Mountain.

North Central State Trail

Very chill trail

March, 2022 by teddgram

We started just south of Gaylord going northbound. Once we got past Gaylord, it was all downhill. Very peaceful shaded trail. We really liked the little visitor center in Vanderbilt. Everything flattened out once you got to Indian River. Things opened up a little bit (shade started disappearing) between Mullet Lake and Cheboygan.

Mackinac Island Loop (State Highway 185)

Tourist, Tourist Everywhere

January, 2022 by koldtoess

Way up north we headed this June after hearing about the island from a co-worker. We base camped at Wilderness State Park (biked from Waugoshance Point (west) to the Trading Post (east)) and caught Shepler’s Ferry in Mackinaw City (eat a pastie, arrive early, bring a map, and purchase tickets in advance) to get to the island. There is an additional fee to ferry your bike across, but they will allow you to park & lock your bikes at their pier. Upon finishing exploring “downtown” by foot and devouring some fudge, we got our bikes and walked them east to The Great Lawn and started riding the perimeter, M185. The trails/roads were crowded early on a beautiful day mid-week. To our shock, the clarity of the lake was unexpectedly Caribbeanese. There is always a spray of all multi-skilled level cyclist along the trail, so we averaged 10MPH (speed limit is 25MPH and they will ticket). The Hwy. Dept. had the road blocked at Scott’s Shore Rd. thus channeling us to the many paved & hilly inter-island trails. Our highlights were Ft. Holmes, Point Lookout, Arch Rock, Grand Hotel and Ft. Mackinac. After making it back south to downtown, we rode the west side of M185 to British Landing where we treated ourselves to some fried food and ice cream at the Cannonball Oasis. We were through biking/exploring the island in a little over 6 hours because even though the island is beautiful and worthy, the biking was challenging due to the throng of tourist, ourselves included.

Accordion

Boyne Valley Trailway

Nice little ride from Boyne City to Boyne Falls and back

September, 2021 by creischl

This was an enjoyable ride, about 14.5 miles round trip from downtown Boyne City--one of those trails where you can imagine all of the effort community members put into making it happen. (Thank you!) It's easy to get to the airport trailhead outside of Boyne City by following the low-traffic East Main Street just a mile out of town. This short but really nicely constructed trail was a pleasant ride on very smooth asphalt through the woods, along a road, and through the Boyne Mountain Ski Area. While it's a rail trail, it was nice to find it to be curvy! All around us it was green and lush and lovely in late August. Very few people on a Tuesday morning--but the trail is 10 feet wide and welcoming.

North Central State Trail

Terrific ride along Mullet Lake!

September, 2021 by creischl

We started in Topinabee, parked at the trailhead there which has great restrooms, parking, and a small beach (look over the edge of the sidewalk area to find the beach!). There's a gas station/store right across the street. Rode the smooth, well-maintained, crushed limestone trail along the lake to Cheboygan--about 13 miles, much of which we could see the sparkling lake to our right. We passed the Cheboygan trailhead (where there are also good restrooms and a shelter) and stopped in downtown Cheboygan for lunch at Mulligan's, a local pub, where we could eat outside. Good lunch food and great service. Rode back to Topinabee and then spent an hour swimming at the beautiful small beach there on Mullet Lake--really charming! All day (on a Monday) we saw probably a total of 14 people on the trail, walking or biking. While there are many road and driveway crossings, we probably had to actually stop for cars only 2 or 3 times. About 50% of the time we were riding in well-shaded areas. This was a lovely 26 mile day trip next to the lake and through the woods--a flat, easy, unpopulated rail trail through wonderful Northern Michigan!

North Eastern State Trail

Alpena to Onaway one nighter

August, 2021 by ghostywingz

I was pleased with the condition of this trail, sounds like it's improved since a few years ago. Very comfortable on a Long Haul Trucker with 700x32mm tires. I thought it was about as smooth as could be without being paved, aside from just a few patches of slightly thicker gravel. Very glad with my bike choice, mountain bike would have been overkill and would have been slower. Definitely sunny for most of the trail, a cool or cloudy day would be preferable if you're going a distance. Heading NW I was faced with a decent headwind, esp by mid afternoon. Over the 47 miles with a loaded bike I averaged 11-12mph in the NW direction, and slightly faster on the way back south (I'm in mid to decent riding shape and used to steeper terrain). My entire trip was from Alpena to Onaway and then up the road to Onaway SP (54 miles total one way) and it took about 6 or 7 hours with some leisurely stops, could be done faster. I only saw 4 other people on the trail. The scenery and remote-ness surpassed my expectations! Had some intimate moments with sandhill cranes, a kingfisher, and red-shouldered hawk. It was a neat way to see a portion of Michigan that I otherwise probably wouldn't go out of my way to visit.

Little Traverse Wheelway

Awesome ride!

August, 2021 by snakeskinstraps

Husband and I rode this trail and it’s so much fun! The first day we rode from our hotel BW Harbor Springs ( there’s a path right behind the hotel where you can hop on the trail) to West Park. Round trip 29 miles. It is a bit confusing to get around the section that is shut down. We had to ride on the shoulder of 31 for a while. Lots of traffic but the shoulder is pretty wide so I felt pretty safe. The next day we planned to ride the leelenau trail but didn’t realize it was 1.5 hours from our hotel. So we decided to pick up where we left off on the wheelway trail. We are so glad we did as it was the most scenic of the entire trail! We rode from West Park (there’s parking there) to Charlevoix. 18 miles round trip. We will definitely be doing this one again! miles.

Little Traverse Wheelway

5-star except for the poorly marked detour

August, 2021 by bruceamiller@comcast.net

In August a friend and I rode out and back from the Charlevoix trail head almost to Harbor Springs.
Four stars because west of Petoskey about a mile of trail is fenced off, with no detour signage at the west end until you hit the fence and have to retrace. Michigan DNR needs to do a better signage job. The detour can be ridden on the wide shoulder of route 31 into Petoskey (expect heavy traffic).
Detour aside, we enjoyed numerous lake views west and north, and food stops in Petoskey. Benches are plentiful along the trail. It was fun seeing classic summer resort houses from Petoskey to Wequetonsing.
The trail surface has occasional frost and root heaves. The route can be confusing in Petoskey, along the waterfront. In west Petoskey the trail is partly on sidewalk and tight for passing.
Hopefully Michigan DNR fixes the trail and it returns to a 5-star rating.

North Central State Trail

Northern Central State Trail

August, 2021 by puma97us

Love this trail! Rode from Wolverine to Indian River and back. 20 miles! The trail was an easy ride for beginners who want to ride for distance. Great views along the way! Lunch in Indian River at the 310 Station was delicious!

Boyne Valley Trailway

Boyne Mountain to Young State Park

July, 2021 by bkn94

Hop on your bike at Boyne Mountain Resort and ride to Young State Park! Trail access is right at the resort. Just walk out your front door! Trail is a brand NEW paved , easy ride to Boyne City. 12 mi RT. I rode through Boyne City and picked up the Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail on to Young State Park. (RT 26mi) Overall Beautiful Ride! Note: When BC to Charlevoix Trail is completed it will add another 15 miles ONE WAY from Boyne City! Can’t Wait! So Bring Your Bike! Have Fun! I have fun

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!

Little Traverse Wheelway

Great trail but...

July, 2021 by gillie

I just have one suggestion for the Little Traverse Wheelway and that is to add bathroom/portajohn somewhere between the Harbor Springs airport (thank you to the PortaJohn people for that one - it's always clean and well maintained!) to the Trailhead in Harbor Springs. The "restrooms" on the way to downtown are always locked though well marked :(. For women especially, having something along the way would be helpful. There is a park with a portajohn near the trailhead but you have to cross M119 which can be very busy - it is out of the way. Petoskey does a great job with this - Harbor Springs can do better! Thanks.

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