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Map of the North Central State Trail

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North Central State Trail

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North Central State Trail

LENGTH:

61 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Macinaw City, Point Nipigon, Cheboygan, Mullet Lake, Topinabee, Indian River, Wolverine, Trowbridge, Vanderbuilt, Gaylord

HIGHLIGHTS:

Straits of Mackinac, Mullet Lake, Burt Lake State Park, thick woodlands, wetlands, bridges, farmland

NEARBY TRAILS:

North Western State Trail
North Eastern State Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Regional Trails

The North Central State Trail is a a 61-mile long unpaved pathway that extends from Mackinaw City to Gaylord in the Northern Lower Peninsula area of Michigan. The route of the trail goes through a beautiful part of Michigan with lovely shoreline views of the Straits of Mackinac on Lake Huron and Bois Blanc Island, through thick forests, past Mullett Lake, across creeks, rivers, wetlands and past several local communities.

Conditions

The North Central State Trail is unpaved for most of the route. The surface of the trail has been improved with packed crushed limestone. The route has relatively few road crossings and is quite remote in some areas. The trail is open for non-motorized uses in summer, such as bike riding, running and wildlife viewing.

Communities

The North Central State Trail goes past the following communities: Mackinaw City, Cheboygan, Mullett Lake, Topinabee, Indian River, Wolverine, Vanderbuilt, and Gaylord.

Points of Interest

The North Central State Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Mackinaw Crossing Shopping Center Bishop Baraga School
North Western State Trail North Eastern State Trail
Mackinaw City Marina Mullett Lake Marina
Icebreaker Mackinaw Museum Indian River Marina
Conkling Heritage Park Haakwood State Forest
Roberts Landing Wolverine High School
Mackinac Straits Roadside Park Gaylord High School
Point Nipigon Ostego County Fairgrounds
Gathier Nature Preserve North Ohio Elementary School
End Points

The north end of the North Central State Trail is located at the intersection of Cadillac Street and S Nicolet Street in Mackinaw City. There is a trailhead located off of Mackinaw Crossings Drive. This is also the location of the northern end of the North Western State Trail that extends as far south as Petrosky State Park near Little Traverse Bay.

There is a large trailhead in Cheboygan at S. Western Avenue and Taylor Street. The Topinabee trailhead is located right on N. Straits Highway.

The south end of the North Central State Trail is located at the end of Random Lane in Gaylord. This is near Otsego County Fairgrounds,  North Ohio Elementary School and the athletic fields on Fairview Road.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the North Central State Trail in Michigan.

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