Shore-to-Shore Trail

Oscoda, Michigan 48750

Shore-to-Shore Trail

Shore-to-Shore Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Shore-To-Shore Trail was the idea of trail riders looking for a lengthy horseback trek from shore to shore across the northern tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. With the help of Michigan Senator William Milliken, the trail was established in 1962. The 220-mile trail connects the town of Empire, on Lake Michigan, with the Lake Huron community of Oscoda.

Hikers need to be aware of the use of the trail by horseback riders, but the trail is open for all users but bicyclists. It is the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. The trail offers a look into rural Michigan, and although it doesn't trace a path through the wilds like the North Country Trail does, it follows many northern back roads and river valleys."

Shore-to-Shore Trail Reviews

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This is a lovely trail that goes along the sand dunes and Lake Huron. You share the trail with horse riders too which is a nice sight along the way. It's never been very crowded when I've gone. Best time to go in the fall to see the tree colors which are amazing set against the lake. Summer isn't great because it is bug city! It's also not well marked so make sure you bring a map and know where you're going.

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Trail Information

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Best in Fall
Michigan Trail Riders Association, 810-889-3624
Local Contacts
USGS Empire, Burdickville, Platte River, Lake Ann, Grawn, Mayfield, Jacks Landing, South Boardman, Kalkaska, Leetsville, Westwood, Starvation Lake, Frederic, Lake Margrethe, Grayling, Wakeley Lake, Roscommon North, Eldorado, Luzerne, Island Lake, Mack Lake, McKinley, Goodar, Alcona Dam Pond, Hale, Loud Dam, Sid Town, Foote Site Village, and Oscoda quads.
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