Top of Michigan Trails Network

If you're looking for an awesome multi-day trail adventure, travel "up north" to the top of Michigan's Lower Peninsula where you will discover a growing network of nearly 300 miles of multi-use trails. The Top of Michigan Trails Network was built on the remnants of several railways that once hauled freight to be ferried across the Straits of Mackinaw and brought travelers to some of Michigan's most popular tourist destinations. This expansive trail network rambles along scenic stretches of state forest, rolling farmland, rivers, inland lakes, and the shorelines of Lake Huron and Little Traverse Bay.

Overseeing the development and care of this trail network is the Top of Michigan Trails Council. The council has been very active, completing most of the rails-to-trails conversions over the past decade. And they continue to make great stides.

The final phase of the North Western State Trail was officially completed in 2016, including a beautiful new bridge over the Maple River south of Pellston.

The first phase of the 3.5-mile Charlevoix Lake To Lake Trail was completed in 2015, connecting Lake Charlevoix to Fisherman's Island State Park on Lake Michigan.

The first 3.2 miles of the Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail was completed this past summer. The paved trail begins in Boyne City and travels north through Young State Park to Springwater Beach Road. The trail will be built in 5 phases as easements are finalized and funding becomes available.

The first 13.5 miles of the Alpena to Hillman Trail has been funded and is now in the engineering phase. It will include pavement in the City of Alpena and crushed limestone for rest of the way. We'll keep you posted on its progress.

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Trail Resource Guide

Accommodations & Lodging
Apple Tree Inn Apple Tree Inn
915 Spring Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-2900
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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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Hometown Inn Hometown Inn
PO Box 417
Indian River, MI 49749
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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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Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant
106 Pine River Lane
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(231) 547-4311
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The Drawbridge Bistro The Drawbridge Bistro
100 Michigan Avenue
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(231) 758-3801
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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
Web Link
Tourist Information
Cheboygan Area Tourist Bureau Cheboygan Area Tourist Bureau
124 N. Main St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721
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Emmet County Parks Emmet County Parks
200 Division Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-1704
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Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau
101 W. Main St.
Gaylord, MI 49734
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Indian River Tourist Bureau Indian River Tourist Bureau
PO Box 414
Indian River, MI 49749

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Mackinaw Area CVB Mackinaw Area CVB
10800 U.S. 23
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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Trail Supporter
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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