Michigan Trail Riders Association helps develop and maintain horseback riding trails in Michigan. Results of the Association’s efforts include the Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail which winds from Empire on Lake Michigan to Oscoda on Lake Huron. A Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail spur goes south from Grand Traverse County to Cadillac; a second spur goes north from the Frederic/Grayling area into the Pigeon River State Forest near Indian River and Mullet Lake.
Shore-to-Shore rides begin in May and run through to the fall color ride in October. Riders must pre-register in advance to guarantee a spot. Info and registration forms can be found here. The Shore-to-Shore rides vary from 9 to 16 days and all riders must be MTRA members.
4-Mile State Forest Trail Camp
4216 Ranger Road
Hartwick Pines State Park
Grayling, MI 49738
Phone: (989) 348-7068
This trail is designed for the Shore-to-Shore Rides but welcomes non-equestrian riders and campers as well. In you plan to ride in any of the 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.