Haywire Grade Trail

Michigan

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Haywire Grade Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Alger, Schoolcraft
Length: 33 miles
Trail end points: Intake Park Riverview Dr. (Manistique) and Rt. 94 (Shingleton)
Trail surfaces: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Sand
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016150
Trail activities: ATV, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Haywire Grade Trail Description

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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

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