Opened to the public in spring 2012, the 71-mile North Eastern State Trail is one of Michigan's newest and longest rail trails. Discover the natural beauty of northeast Michigan as you travel between the port cities of Alpena and Cheboygan on the former Detroit & Mackinaw Railway.
The trail surface is finely screened and compacted limestone, firm and smooth and well suited for most bicycles. As you venture along the trail, you will pass through small villages and ghost towns that sprung up during the heyday of Michigan's logging era and declined after the timber was depleted. Most of these small towns have either a convenience store, restaurant or tavern. Millersburg, the approximate halfway point, offers a beautiful new staging area next to its historic train station.
There is no public staging area in Onaway, but you will find lodging and several stores and restaurants. As you approach Mullet Lake, the trail passes through Aloha State Park, a great place to camp while you explore the trail. All along the trail, you will enjoy the quiet solitude of Michigan's second growth forests and travel along numerous wetlands, creeks, rivers and lakes. The entire length of trail is open to snowmobiling during the winter months.
Another great reason to visit the historic port city of Alpena, the Alpena Bi-Path takes you on a 10-mile scenic joy ride around Lake Besser, along Thunder Bay River, and through several city parks and beaches with views of Lake Huron. The entire trail is asphalt pavement or widened concrete sidewalks, relatively flat and close to local lodging and restaurants. You'll find convenient parking and restrooms at most city parks along the trail. Altogether, just a fine and pleasant way to spend the day exploring the scenery and many amenities of Alpena.