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Explore the best rated trails in Mackinaw City, 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 11 trails covering 301 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

North Central State Trail

awesome trail

September, 2023 by abdallah_shanti

I’ve ridden this trail many times from Topinabee to Wolverine and back; topinabee to cheboygan and back. Great trail for gravel bike. Well maintained, safe, and very scenic.

Huron Sunrise Trail

My husband and I rode this and it was fantastic. So glad the space is claimed along the Lake Huron shoreline for this paved trail. We want a similar trail close to Alpena.

September, 2023 by elizabeth.lelli

My husband and I rode this and it was fantastic. So glad the space is claimed along the Lake Huron shoreline for this paved trail. We want a similar trail close to Alpena.

Mackinac Island Loop (State Highway 185)

A Great 8.2 mile loop

September, 2023 by 2fdq3rqtyk

The motorized vehicles on the island since 1901. The loop is 8.2 miles, they have a lot of souvenirs to remember your bike or hike or horse carriage ride around the island.


North Eastern State Trail

Alpena to Bolton and back

August, 2023 by 2xjjyp9mpt

What a nice trail! Peaceful ride to Bolton and back (20 miles) and only saw 2 other riders. Trail is in great shape. The trailhead in Alpena is very nice with picnic tables and very nice restrooms. Looking forward to riding more of the northeastern trail, as well as the north central trail.

Huron Sunrise Trail

Lovely trail

August, 2023 by debbiejartrip

This is a lovely trail, well marked and lots of beautiful sites. It starts it a small city park on the south side of town and end at 40 Mile Lighthouse! The trail takes you thru beautiful forests, parks, a small portion of the city, Lake Huron, passing Hoeft State Park, which you can also go into and explore and over some small picturesque bridges. Highly recommend!

North Western State Trail

Made for a good afternoon ride

August, 2023 by angela.dawn.allen

July 2023 we rode from Mackinac Bridge to Petoskey. Leaving Mack City, the trail was paved for a short distance then switched to pea sized gravel that seemed freshly placed and was slightly loose in some spots until Alanson where it was paved all the way to Petoskey. We rode with 40mm tire gravel bikes and had no issues. Smooth road bike tires would likely be challenging in looser gravel and sand at some road crossings. With 25 or 28mm, with strong confidence and bike handling skills, it might be okay. Scenery was true upper MI forest with very few views of water. Petoskey Brewing at the end of the trail also has good food. Would recommend the trail!

Mackinac Island Loop (State Highway 185)

circumnavigate island

July, 2023 by dan.allen.50552

There aren’t to many rides where you can do a loop trail that goes around an entire island. That always has beautiful clear water always right there. Very touristy though. This takes the record for the most bikes with the fewest folks that have no bike etiquette at all! Taking your bike at time of writing was $21( no electric). Rentals about $18 an hour. Do this ride but bring a lot of patience.

Little Traverse Wheelway

Good Trail

June, 2023 by joannkalb16

Started in East Park and rode to downtown Charlevoix & back. 15 miles one way. Mix of sun & shade. A couple of lake views. Long stretch of boardwalk. Go to the The Happy Troll for lunch. Great sandwiches. Look for the Mushroom Houses in Charlevoix.

Little Traverse Wheelway

pristine and beautiful

June, 2023 by andrea.sinn

This trail follows the shore of Lake Michigan with well-maintained, paved trail. It is also along the highway which is a bit loud but the trail has a beautiful canopy of trees for much of the length. There are areas approximately 3 miles apart with places to stop and sit or enjoy the lake. Very nice!

Mackinac Island Loop (State Highway 185)

trail great

May, 2023 by lyonsjustin1958

We are a 63 year old couple. We took our own bikes across on the ferry after paying a fee. There are many bike rental shops but we were glad we had our own bikes. The 8.2 mile loop was a nice ride except we hit the mayfly’s hatch. Recommend avoiding this time. Trail was smooth and not as crowded as town. The interior roads of the island were more isolated and no mayfly. Loved having to avoid horse and carriage.

Little Traverse Wheelway

fantastic ride!

May, 2023 by jencichoski

Well-maintained and beautiful trail! We veered off to ride Beech St as we neared Harbor Springs, and it was a gorgeous detour through a nature preserve and along the water in places. Highly recommend.

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!

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