Things to Do in Cheboygan, Michigan

Things to Do in Cheboygan, Michigan
Cheboygan is located on the tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan just a short drive away from the Mackinac Bridge. It is a very popular place for visitors to Mackinac Island to stay in the summer. Although it receives more summer visitors, it is a lot less commercialized then neighbor Mackinaw City. Visitors will find a variety of attractions in the city and local area.


Cheboygan has many camping possibilities including private campgrounds and two state parks. Aloha and Cheboygan state parks both have modern campgrounds that offer sites with electricity. The state parks also offer bathrooms and many other recreational opportunities. Cheboygan State Park is located on Lake Huron while Aloha is located on Mullet Lake which is part of a long chain of inland lakes. There are many private campgrounds on this chain of lakes as there is almost 40 miles of waters and lakes for water activities. Campgrounds range from primitive to fully furnished cabin and home rentals and offer many amenities and activities for children. These inland campgrounds are a good choice for anglers seeking fishing opportunities in the chain of lakes.

Cheboygan State Park
4490 Beach Road
Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 627-2811

Aloha State Park
4347 Third St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 625-2522


The Cheboygan area offers several hiking opportunities. Cheboygan State Park offers several hiking trails that traverse the expansive park with many leading to the Lake Huron shore. These trails are excellent for people seeking nature and wildlife photo opportunities. Wilderness State Park is a short drive west of Cheboygan and offer many trails that mostly converge on the shore of Lake Michigan. These trails also offer many photo opportunities as well as excellent shore fishing. Black Mountain State Forest is located east of Cheboygan and offers more than 30 miles of groomed hiking trails. Offer varying terrain and difficulty these trails are a good choice for beginners and well as seasoned hikers.

Black Mountain Forest recreation Area
Cheboygan County, MI
(517) 785-4251


Sightseeing is a favorite activity for many visitors to Cheboygan as it is centrally located to many attractions. It is a great base camp to for day tours to local landmarks such as Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Soo locks, and many lighthouses. You can travel either east or west on US-23 from Cheboygan as it will take you along the coast with many lake viewing opportunities and lighthouses along the way. Heading west you will run into Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge, which is the main tourist attraction for northern Michigan, and also ferry service to Mackinac Island is located in Mackinaw City.

Soo Locks
Sault Ste Marie, MI
(906) 253-9101

Sleeping Bear Dunes
Empire, MI
(231) 326-5134

Article Written By Matthew Knight

Based in Southwestern Michigan, Matthew Knight has been writing outdoor and technology articles since 2008. His articles appear on various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Western Michigan University.

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