Winter Outdoor Activities in Petoskey, Michigan

Winter Outdoor Activities in Petoskey, Michigan
The resort community of Petoskey, Michigan, is located on the northern tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. On the shore of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay, this charming town offers beautiful views year-round. In winter, there are plentiful activities for outdoor enthusiasts as well as world-class restaurants and specialty shopping for when you wish to come in from your fun in the snow. Petoskey is a four and a half hour drive from Detroit and is six and a quarter hours from Chicago.


Downhill and cross-country skiing is available in the Petoskey area. You can go cross-country skiing at Petoskey State Park (State Park Permit needed, and outhouse on location), Wildwood Hills Pathway at Wildwood Road (outhouse on location), North Central Michigan College at 1515 Howard Street, and at Little Traverse Conservancy Trails, which are located in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Charlevoix. Downhill skiing can be found at Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands Resort where there is also a snow sports academy, zip line adventure, tubing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, horse drawn sleigh rides and snowmobile rentals. These are about 16 miles from Petoskey.

Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
401 E Mitchell St.
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-2755

Horseback Trail Rides

Walking through woods ain the freshly fallen snow can be a joy. At the Double K Corral, which is fifteen minutes from downtown Petoskey and open year-round, you can bundle up, and explore a winter wonderland by horseback. No experience is necessary to partake in one of these guided trail rides, but stiff soled boots are a good idea. Reservations are required and the cost is $40 per person per hour, though family or group rates are available upon request. Double K Corral has eight horses and two ponies, and information on them can be viewed at the Double K Corral (also known as Cassell Ranch) website.

Double K Corral
2325 Twildo Rd.
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 838-8402

Petoskey Winter Sports Park

This city park is free to the public and has a sledding area, outdoor hockey rink, outdoor ice rink, small ski hill with one run, one lift, and an elevation of 700 feet (perfect for beginners), lighted facilities and a warming house with a concession area. This family park is a great place to hang out and enjoy the winter season with friends or family.

Petoskey Winter Sports Park
1100 Winter Park Lane
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-2500


Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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