Bike Trails Near Gaylord, Michigan

Bike Trails Near Gaylord, Michigan
Located in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, Gaylord is an area surrounded by natural beauty. It is also home to a variety of bicycling trails. Whether you seek the smooth, easy sailing of a Rails to Trails conversion or a rugged mountain biking course, Gaylord has an ideal venue to satisfy your cycling needs.
 

North Central State Trail

One of the Midwest's premier cycling trails, Michigan's North Central State Trail is 61 miles of former railroad bed connecting Gaylord and Mackinac City. The 10-foot-wide trail has a packed crushed limestone surface and is open to all nonmotorized transportation. From Dec. 1 through March 31, the trail is open to snowmobile traffic.

The trail passes through the Sturgeon River Valley with scenic bridges over the river's tributaries. It also meanders along the shores of Mullet Lake for about 5 miles, and farther north runs parallel to the Lake Huron shoreline. Besides the trail's end points in Gaylord and Mackinac City, the trail also goes through Vanderbilt, Wolverine, Indian River, Topinabee and Cheboygan. Despite running near highways almost its entire length, a majority of the trail feels remote and offers spectacular scenery.

North Central State Trail
Fairview Road
Gaylord, MI 49735
(231) 348-8280

 
 

Aspen Park Trail

Just a few blocks from Gaylord is the city's Aspen Park. With more than 100 acres of woods to explore, the park features over 7 miles of both paved and unpaved trails, used for cycling and walking during the warmer months and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter.

One trail, developed by the the Northern Mid-Michigan Chapter of Michigan Mountain Biking Association, is a dirt trail designed for mountain biking. Other paths are fairly flat. The variety of trails and difficulty levels makes Aspen Park and ideal cycling destination for anyone from novice to advanced riders.

Aspen Park Trail
Commerce Boulevard
Gaylord, MI 49735
(989) 732-4060

Warner Creek Pathway

Part of the Mackinac State Forest, the Warner Creek Pathway is located just outside of Gaylord. The 3.8-mile-long trail shares a portion of its route with the incredible North Country Trail, a network of trails running from New York to North Dakota.

Originally developed as a cross-country ski trail, the Warner Creek Pathway is a loop trail that follows Warner Creek to a dam at O'Brien Pond. The trail then follows the northern edge of the pond before looping back through rolling forests back to its starting point. The trail is intended for hiking and mountain biking, and is rated for novice to intermediate skill levels.

Warner Creek Pathway
U.S. 131 & M-32
Alba, MI 49611
(989) 732-3541

 

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