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Opened in 1970, the Haywire Trail was the first rail-trail in Michigan; it follows the former Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad. The multi-use pathway is primarily used by ATV riders in summer and snowmobilers in winter. The trail is also open to mountain biking, hiking and horse riding.
The trail runs from M-94 south of Shingleton to the Water Intake Plant in Manistique on a surface of gravel, dirt and sand. It also includes ballast from the old rail bed upon which it runs, making travel difficult for bikes and horses in some spots.
In preparation for the trail's 50th anniversary in 2020, improvements to the trail are underway, including the addition of mile markers.
A sign marks the northern trailhead on the east side of M-94 just south of Shingleton. There is no parking, but spaces are available east of the Tanglewood Restaurant and Antique Shop on M-28 in Shingleton less than a quarter mile north of the trail.
This trail is mostly covered in deep sand at the Intake Park entrance. It is a constant struggle to plow through the drifts. We nearly toppled several times in the first mile and gave up.Only good for atv's and snowmobiles.
Well any bike ride ride in up is a good one this one wouldn’t be top of my list. I would imagine it’s beautiful in the fall as it’s a straight level ride in the woods. Trail is gravel and varies in size of gravel. Can get stretches with very large chunks in it. Shame to see trash Dumped on it as well.
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