North Western State Trail

The 32-mile North Western State Trail is now completed and ready for your enjoyment. It was built on the former Grand Rapids and Indiana line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The 23-mile stretch from Alanson to Mackinaw City was surfaced in 2015 with finely screened and compacted limestone and a new bridge was built over the Maple River south of Pellston.

The first 7.5 miles of the North Western State Trail from M-119 to Alanson was completed in 2012. This thoroughly scenic paved asphalt trail travels along the edge of Mud and Round lakes through the villages of Conway and aden. Between Conway and aden, the trail passes by the Michigan Fisheries Visitors Center where you can also take in views of Crooked Lake.

We recommend beginning your journey at Spring Lake Park, just north of M-31 on M-119. The first 5.5 miles follows the course of the abandoned railway, traveling through tunnels of trees and a series of wetlands. The next 1.5 miles, north of aden, runs parallel to M-31 to the Village of Alanson. Where the paved path ends at Powers Road, tum left then right, and proceed north on Milton Road. Then tum right at Chicago Street where the screened limestone path begins and continues north. In downtown Alanson you will find lodging and several stores and places to eat or relax.

From Alanson to Mackinaw City, the trail races north through a mix of open grasslands, dense forest, serene natural areas and along the edge of Pellston Regional Airport. Keep an eye open for wildlife along your journey. The village of Pellston offers lodging, stores, restaurants and a museum at the former railroad depot. In Mackinaw City, the trail is paved for two miles from the Mackinaw City Trailhead south to the city limits.

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Accommodations & Lodging
Days Inn & Suites Bridgeview Lodge Days Inn & Suites Bridgeview Lodge
206 North Nicolet Street
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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Holiday Inn Express Holiday Inn Express
364 Louvigy Street
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1751 US 131 Sourth
Petoskey, MI 49770
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Stafford's Bay View Inn Stafford's Bay View Inn
2011 Woodland Avenue
Bay View, MI 49770
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Stafford's Crooked River Lodge and Suites Stafford's Crooked River Lodge and Suites
6845 US-31 North
Alanson, MI 49706
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Stafford's Perry Hotel Stafford's Perry Hotel
100 Lewis Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
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Bicycle & Fitness Shops
High Gear Sports High Gear Sports
1171 US31 North, Suite A
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-6118
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Latitude 45 Bicycles & Fitness Latitude 45 Bicycles & Fitness
476 W. Mitchell
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-5342
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Touring Gear Touring Gear
108 East Third Street
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 526-7152
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Food/Restaurants/Ice Cream
Stafford's Pier Restaurant Stafford's Pier Restaurant
102 E. Bay Street
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 526-6201
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Trail Groups and Developers
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

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Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
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Top of Michigan Trails Council Top of Michigan Trails Council
1687 M-119
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-8280
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Tourist Information
Emmet County Parks Emmet County Parks
200 Division Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-1704
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Mackinaw Area CVB Mackinaw Area CVB
10800 U.S. 23
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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Trail Supporter
P.O. Box 22146
Lansing, MI 48909-2146
(517) 882-3700, ext 2
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DTE Energy DTE Energy

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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
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Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Sinas Dramis Law Firm
3380 Pine Tree Road
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 394-7500
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