Countie(s) trail is located in: Crawford <> Roscommon <> Gladwin <> Cheboygan <> Otsego <> Midland
Trail Type(s): Camping <> Cross Country Skiing <> Hiking <> Leashed Dogs Allowed <> Mountain Biking <> Snowshoe
Trail Measurement: 280 Miles
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Trail Distance:

Over 210 miles long.

Trail Description:

The Midland to Mackinac Trail, a historic 210-mile Native American footpath, has been restored by members of the Boy Scouts’ Auburn-based Lake Huron Area Council No. 265 and other volunteers. A trail reopening and dedication were held in the Spring of 2001 in Midland County.  The hiking and cross-country skiing trail stretches from Midland County to Mackinaw City at the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

For hundreds of years, this trail was used by Native Americans as a seasonal path for hunting, trapping and gathering foodstuffs.

The trail is relatively isolated, passing through parts of only two communities — Cheboygan and Mackinac City. With few organized campsites along the way, hikers and riders are urged to carry water.

Camping is allowed on National Forest land, however, no developed campground occur near this segment of pathway. Camping along the trail on public lands is free, but Michigan DNRE permits are needed on state land.

The pathway weaves through a variety of forest types and landforms. The trail is marked with blue paint and does not provide a return loop. Users must retrace their steps or shuttle.

Open Season: January 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31


  • Nonmotorized Use:
  • Hiking
  • Cross-Country Skiing (trail not groomed)
  • Snowshoeing
  • Pets on Leash


  • Motorized Vehicles
  • Motorized Over-snow Vehicles

Forest-wide Closures – Camping in dispersed areas:

  • Camping within two hundred (200) feet of any body of water, except at designated sites.
  • Camping in an area which is posted closed and/or no camping.
  • Camping within 450 feet of developed recreation areas.

Being publicly nude. Storing Watercraft

  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.


Parking in violation of posted instructions.

Operated By: Mio Ranger District – 107 McKinley Rd., Mio, MI 48647

General Notes:

Location – Midland to Mackinaw City

Nearby Recreation Areas –

  • Shore to Shore Trail
  • Mack Lake ORV Trail
  • Wakeley Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area

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  • Trail Measurement: 280 Miles


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