The snow has gotten an early start this year, which has certainly delighted all you snowmobile enthusiasts out there! You've spent all summer just itching to get your thumb on the throttle, and now the time is here to suit up, get your helmet on, and finally hit the trails! Check out this great list of Michigan's top snowmobile trails so you can get out there, go full-throttle, and enjoy the ride along the way! Pack up your toy hauler so you can camp and make a whole trip out of it!
Ranging from Muskegon to Marne, this is a delightful and scenic ride for snowmobilers! This paved trail spans 25 miles across gentle hills and scenic landscapes, making it a great choice for a day of snowmobiling fun! It's a fairly short trail, but if you'd like to ride longer, a relatively new stretch of trail called the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail connects the Musketawa Trail to the White Pine Trail State Park! Stop and check out the awesome restored railroad water tower, which is a remnant of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad!
White Pine Trail State Park
This remarkable trail is a favorite with snowmobile riders! As Michigan's second longest rail trail as well as a maintained state park, it runs 93.5 miles from Grand Rapids north all the way to Cadillac! You'll appreciate a variety of landscapes along the way from forests, farmlands, and cities! Stop in Rockford to check out the scenic overlook of the Rogue River Dam! This trail runs through Reed City, where the trail intersects with the also-popular Pere Marquette Trail, which is the inspiration behind the city's moniker of "Crossroads." End your stay in Cadillac at Birchwood Resort and Campground, which is incredibly accommodating to snowmobilers, with an open bath house, electric, and sewer! It's not a far ride to Reed City, if you'd like to head out on the Perl Marquette Trail, making this a great starting point! Click here for more information!
As the White Pine Trail runs north-south, the Pere Marquette runs east-west from Baldwin to Midland! There are plenty of beautiful sights to see and great places to stop and rest along this 62 mile stretch of paved trail, making it an enjoyable ride! The trail does break around Clare, with a 1.5 mile gap between trail heads. It is not clearly marked, but a simple navigational search will point you in the right direction! From there you'll continue to the Chippewa Trail, which delivers to the trail's end at Midland's iconic Tridge! You'll be able to start your day the right way after a night at Ann's Putman Lake RV Park and Campground! It's open year round with electric available! There is a great trail system around this campground too, making it the perfect spot to stay while snowmobiling!
Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
For a southwestern Michigan snowmobile adventure, Kal-Haven Trail is a great choice, spanning 34.5 miles from Kalamazoo to South Haven! It's a great trail that takes you through lovely wooded areas and over charming bridges, which are what makes its riders sing its praises! It's not a very long trail, but South Haven is a great spot to get a bite to eat, and you'll get a great view of its historic lighthouse and wintery Lake Michigan!
North Central State Trail
For a wintery northern ride, start your adventure in Gaylord and make your way up the North Central State Trail, which takes you on a 62-mile-long ride through Indian River, Cheboygan, all the way up to Mackinaw City! You'll get gorgeous lakeside views of both Mullett Lake and icy Lake Huron as you speed up the trail, and you'll enjoy lovely tunnels and bridges along the way, including the Mackinaw Bridge at your endpoint! Set up camp at Benjamin's Beaver Creek Resort, which is located in Gaylord and open year-round, with open bathrooms and electric, but no water is available. Check out their website for more information!
State Line Trail
If you're looking for a trail to keep you busy, head to the U.P. and traverse the State Line Trail! You'll get an eyeful of trees, wildlife, and will tear across over 50 bridges along this 107.1 mile stretch through Iron and Gogebic counties! Be sure to wave to your Wisconsin neighbors, as one of the main trial points is found at the Wisconsin-Michigan state line!
Iron Ore Heritage Trail
Embark on an interesting snowmobile excursion and hit up the Iron Ore Heritage Trail! This 47-mile-long trail spans across the U.P.'s Marquette Iron Range, where you may catch a glimpse of some relics of the once thriving mining industry of the area! This trail also runs through Ishpeming, which is a great ski town. So stop and ski, and enjoy every aspect that the winter season has to offer!
Of course, these are just a few of the many awesome snowmobile trails you'll find in Michigan, so pack up your sled and get out there! Always remember to follow the laws of the trail, stay safe, and have fun! What is your favorite Michigan snowmobile trail? Leave us a comment to share with other snowmobile enthusiasts!