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Address: Mackinaw City to Gaylord, Mackinaw City, MI
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Trail is in good condition with some nice scenery

Non-paved surface without too many loose spots (fine gravel tends to be a bit deep at road crossings, causing momentary loss of traction). Some great scenery along rivers, Indian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
bill c
Farmington, Michigan
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Raleigh, NC
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Biked this many times during the summer from Mackinaw City to Cheboygan. Crushed gravel, so a little bigger tire helps smooth things out. Very flat and straight. Runs along the Hwy 31.

Thank RaleighNCTraveller
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

It was tough riding on this trail even with a hybrid bike. The crushed limestone is too thick in some parts and the three post barriers are difficult to maneuver with a tandem. We took the road back fto Cheboygan rom Topinabee as it ran parallel.

Thank Kevin G
Caledonia, Michigan
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We rode from Gaylord to Mackinaw on this crushed stone trail and enjoyed the entire day. It goes thru some small towns, and each has a nice rest stop. The trail has a slight decline for most of the way from South to North.

Thank William G
Charlottesville, Virginia
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118 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Let's start with the positives. If you are looking for a long trail, you have found it. This trail (and the companion trail to Alpena..also at the same trailhead) is 60+ miles long. Secondly, the trailhead we used was very easy to find. Just put this intersection into Google Maps and it will guide you to the trailhead: W Lincoln... More 

Thank JJH1764
Polk City, Florida
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Rode this trail from Mackinaw Mill Creek Camp to Mackinaw our first day here. A good way to see Mackinaw City without a car. Surface varies from fully compacted crushed stone to sections of loose gravel. Worst spots near road crossings, slow and careful on a bike or trike. Downtown area very busy, but safe to ride with care. Second... More 

Thank Will33868
Cheboygan, Michigan
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75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

A uniform woods ride awaits those who try this bike trail from Mackinaw City to Cheboygan that goes to Gaylord for those inclined. It is more varied around Topinabee and points south. It goes through some boring scenery otherwise. The gravel path is not used a lot, so solitude is a plus, but it would be great if someday it... More 

Thank soub7
Delaware, Ohio, United States
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We travel a portion of this trail every year from the Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground to Mackinaw City which is about 2-3 miles. I'm not a confident bike rider but I'm not afraid to be on this lovely trail which used to be a railroad right of way. It's well maintained and there's also a nice station area with restrooms... More 

Thank Dena V
Grandville, MI
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128 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My son and I pedaled on this trail as the last leg of our 4-day trip to Mackinaw City. What beautiful scenery, especially between Gaylord and Mullett Lake. The surface is crushed limestone for the entire length. Some of this trail is quite passable, but the path between Cheboygan and Mackinaw City is not good. There is too much gravel... More 

Thank DWbiker
Farmington, Michigan
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Non-paved surface without too many loose spots (fine gravel tends to be a bit deep at road crossings, causing momentary loss of traction). Some great scenery along rivers, Indian River, Topinabee and Mullet Lake. Mostly downhill for the first 12 miles heading north from Gaylord but grade is gentle. The Spartan grocery store in Indian River is a good place... More 

Thank bill c
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110 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We did not do much of the trail. My bike was a mountain bike and it was fine. My wife brought her street bike and it had trouble on the gravel. Overall the trail was not busy a Saturday, and was wide enough to pass others.

Thank DGoat

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