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Hiking in Grayling MI

Hiking, photo by Patrick Shepherd

Some of the best hiking terrain in Northern Michigan is in the Grayling area. There are miles and miles of paved and unpaved trails to hike, and hundreds of acres of state land to explore! Spring and summer will offer the opportunity to watch wildlife in their natural setting, fall is a great time to take photos of the colors of autumn, and the hardy hiker will love the rugged beauty of winter.

Area NameLengthTerrain Comments by Dick Fultz of the Cross Country Ski ShopTrail Fee
Cross Country Ski Headquarters8 loops, 1km to 8 km5% hilly, 40% moderate, 45% flatyes
Hanson Hills Recreation Arealoops of 2km to 12km60% hilly, 30% moderate, 10% flatyes
Hartwick Pines State Park18+ miles3% steep, 7% hilly, 60% moderate, 30% flat
"one of the nicest trail systems in the state."
yes
Mason Tract Pathway10+ miles5% Hilly, 85% moderate, 10% flatno
Higgins Lake State Park10+ miles20% hilly, 30% moderate, 50% flat
"Great area for hiking - hilly enough to keep it interesting."
yes
Rayburn's2 miles of paved trail100% flat
"2 mile point to point trail that crosses the AuSable River on a woodenbridge."
no
Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trailacross the statevarious/sugar sand areas no
Grayling Bicycle Turnpike7+ miles10 foot wide paved pathno
Wakeley Lake16+ miles25% hilly, 55% moderate, 20% flat
"Crawford County's Walden Pond - it is a sanctuary of nature &quiet."
yes

In order to  use these state forest areas you must have a “Michigan Recreation Passport”. Those are available to purchase at state parks, when renewing Michigan car registrations or when a state ranger is at the site. If there is no ranger when you arrive, they may put an envelope on your car and request that you purchase one by mail.

Other Northern Michigan areas

  • Tisdale Triangle
    10.1 miles, flat terrain, hiking skiing, camping at e. end of Tisdale Rd., 5 miles E. of Roscommon on M-18.
  • Red Pine Natural Area
    1.5 miles, level terrain, interpretive foot trail, no camping. 8 miles N. of St. Helen on F-97 to Sunset Rd., then E. 3/4 miles to trail.
  • Pine Baron
    8.75 miles, flat terrain, hiking, skiing, camping. W. of Gaylord & S. of M-32; W. from I-75 at S. Gaylord exit 279 on Alba Rd., 2.4 miles to Lone Pine Rd., N. to end of road.
  • Big Bear Lake
    2.2 miles, flat to rolling terrain, hiking, camping M-32 from Gaylord to Co. Rd 495 (Meridian Rd.), S. 1.5 miles to SF campgrounds.
  • Buttles Road
    7 miles, flat to rolling terrain, hiking, skiing, no camping. Between Lewiston & M-32 on Buttles Rd., take Buttles Rd. N. about 3 miles to parking lot.
  • Cross-Country Ski Trails
    Most of these are also open to hiking.
  • UpNorth Trails: Northeast Michigan Trail Systems
Upcoming Events
  1. Farm by Lantern Light

    December 19 @ 6:40 PM - 8:40 PM
  2. Yoga Ski Retreat

    December 20 @ 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  3. Ski Clinic with Kip Brady & Toko Wax Clinic with Nick Baic

    December 20 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  4. Learn to XC ski for free!

    December 20 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  5. Farm by Lantern Light

    December 20 @ 6:40 PM - 8:40 PM
  6. Learn to XC Ski for Free

    December 27 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  7. Learn to XC Ski for Free

    Sat, 03 January 2015 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  8. Full Moon Night Skiing

    Sat, 03 January 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  9. Pure Michigan Family Winter Trails Day

    Sat, 10 January 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  10. Learn to XC Ski for Free

    Sat, 10 January 2015 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Weather Forecast
Fri, 19 December 2014, 6:25 PM
 

Clear
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current pressure: 30 in
humidity: 84%
wind speed: 2 mph W
wind gusts: 2 mph
UV-Index: 0
sunrise: 8:12 AM
sunset: 5:00 PM