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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.

Recent Trail Reviews

Boyne Valley Trailway

Delightful Ride

October, 2022 by saila22

Took the trail west about six miles into Boyne City. Very nice trail conditions with plenty of woods, scenic vistas and finally water at the BC terminal point. Enjoyed the warm fall afternoon!

North Western State Trail

Highly Recommend

September, 2022 by banders70000

We rode this trail from Mackinaw to Petosky as part of a three day ride on several Northern Michigan trails. We were all on mountain bikes and had no issues at all with the trail surfaces. The scenery was incredible along the way, and once you get to Alanson the last 8 miles into Petosky are all paved so it is very easy going. Good signage and a lot of nice stops along the route.

North Central State Trail

Beautiful and well maintained

September, 2022 by banders70000

Rode the entire length of this trail from Gaylord to Cheboygan, then to Mackinaw City the next morning. Excellent crushed gravel surface, very easy to ride on with a mountain bike. The scenery is beautiful along the entire route and there are numerous great stops along the way. Gentle downhill all the way to Wolverine, then it was basically flat into Cheboygan and along Lake Huron to Mackinaw. We also rode the opposite way a couple days later, and the uphill climb back to Gaylord was very doable, even at the latter stages of a 50 mile ride. I highly recommend this ride.

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North Central State Trail

Mackinac City start

August, 2022 by dalvinbaehler

8/28/2022. Rode trail from Mackinac City south for 10 miles and then back. It was awesome. Trail in good shape. Large trees provided shade( unlike Oklahoma). Very quiet solitary. Came around a corner and within 5 yards of a big buck. Thanks Michigan!

Grayling Bicycle Turnpike

Wheeling Foursome

July, 2022 by psoukup

Rode the trail from the state park into Grayling. Lots of hills but the ride was very smooth. Not the prettiest trail we’ve been. Not sure we’d go back. Lots of riding next to the road. Kind of noisy.

Huron Sunrise Trail

Best trail we have ridden so far. We'll marked and fairly flat till you reach 40 mile Lighthouse. 7.6 miles from marina downtown to light house.

July, 2022 by krisdavehanson

Best trail we have ridden so far. We'll marked and fairly flat till you reach 40 mile Lighthouse. 7.6 miles from marina downtown to light house.

North Western State Trail

Passable for a toad bike.

July, 2022 by nbuelsing

In early June 2022 I followed the trail from Mackinac City to Petosky. The crushed limestone surface was in good condition and OK on a road bike with 25mm tires. The majority of the path is fairly straight with few hills and unvaried scenery - good zen experience Quite a few downed limbs and trees on the path which had to be climbed over or walked around. The coastal route to Harbor Springs is more interesting.

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.

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!

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