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365 Days of Trails in the Cheboygan Area

Did you know that the Cheboygan area has one of the largest multi-purpose trail systems in the United States? It’s true! Michigan has a larger rails-to-trails system than any other state in the country, and Cheboygan County has more of those trails than any other county in Michigan.

You could stop by the Cheyboygan area each season and do something different and exciting. Enjoy a brisk bike ride in the spring, ORV/ATV excursion in the summer, fall color hike in the fall, and snowmobile trip in the winter.

The area’s trails will take you through a multitude of settings. In one afternoon, you can trek through hardwood and evergreen forests, meadows, inland lakes, various animal habitats, and more.

Area Trails & Recreation Areas

Intersecting in downtown Cheboygan, the highly-acclaimed North Central State Trail and North Eastern State Trail (Mackinaw City to Alpena) are becoming a popular destination for cyclists and hikers alike.

The Black Mountain Recreation Area offers a vast network of marked trails for hiking, ATV excursions, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. With over 30 miles available for hiking, 60 miles for off-road vehicles, and 80 groomed miles for snowmobiling, the area is ideal for any type of outdoor adventure.

Water trails are also an important part of recreation in the Cheboygan area. Spend a summer afternoon kayaking, canoeing, boating, or paddleboarding on an extensive system of inland waterways. These waterways are 42 miles long and encompass 38,120 acres through eight bodies of water. This system is so vast that it nearly connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan!

Resources to Plan Your Trip!

The Cheboygan area is the perfect headquarters for your trails adventure. Any avid outdoors enthusiast could easily spend their entire vacation exploring the trails in Cheboygan and the surrounding counties.

The Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has resources to help you plan your trip. Visit their website for places to stay, things to do, and travel information. The Cheboygan Trailways website is another fantastic resource, with area maps and additional information to plan your visit.