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Top of Michigan Trails Network

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 more than 288 miles of multi-use trails. The Top of Michigan Trails Network was built on the remnants of a railway system that once hauled freight to be ferried across the Straits of Mackinaw while bringing 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 was founded in 1995 as an offshoot of the Little Traverse Land Conservancy when the need arose for a separate group to advocate and facilitate construction of multi-purpose trails in northern Michigan. The council is known for its huge rail trails: the North Eastern State Trail from Alpena to Cheboygan,
the North Central State Trail from Gaylord to Mackinaw City, the new North Western State Trail from Petoskey to Mackinaw City, and the Little Traverse Wheelway from Charle-voix to Harbor Springs.

The final phase of the North Western State Trail was finally completed in 2015, and now ready for you to enjoy. The seven-mile section from M-119 near Petoskey was paved with asphalt to the village of Alanson. The 23-mile section from Alanson to Mackinaw City was surfaced with finely screened and compacted limestone and asphalt pavement through the village of Pellston.

The first 5.1 miles of the Burt Lake Trail was completed in 2012 from the Maple Bay Campground along the west shore of Burt Lake. The first phase of the 3.5-mile Charlevoix Lake To Lake Trail was also completed last year, connecting Lake Charlevoix to Fisherman's Island State Park on Lake Michigan. Construction should begin this summer or next on the first 3.2 miles of the Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail with a new paved path connecting Boyne City to Young State Park.

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Trail Resource Guide

Accommodations & Lodging
Apple Tree Inn Apple Tree Inn
915 Spring Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-2900
Web Link
Days Inn & Suites Bridgeview Lodge Days Inn & Suites Bridgeview Lodge
206 North Nicolet Street
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
1-866-557-6667
Web Link
Holiday Inn Express Holiday Inn Express
364 Louvigy Street
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
1-866-394-8339
Web Link
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1751 US 131 Sourth
Petoskey, MI 49770
1-888-497-0105
Web Link
Hometown Inn Hometown Inn
PO Box 417
Indian River, MI 49749
1-888-255-3365
Web Link
Stafford's Bay View Inn Stafford's Bay View Inn
2011 Woodland Avenue
Bay View, MI 49770
1-800-258-1886
Web Link
Stafford's Crooked River Lodge and Suites Stafford's Crooked River Lodge and Suites
6845 US-31 North
Alanson, MI 49706
1-866-548-0700
Web Link
Stafford's Perry Hotel Stafford's Perry Hotel
100 Lewis Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
1-866-548-0700
Web Link
Bicycle & Fitness Shops
High Gear Sports High Gear Sports
1171 US31 North, Suite A
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-6118
Web Link
Latitude 45 Bicycles & Fitness Latitude 45 Bicycles & Fitness
476 W. Mitchell
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-5342
Web Link
Touring Gear Touring Gear
108 East Third Street
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 526-7152
Web Link
Food/Restaurants/Ice Cream
Stafford's Pier Restaurant Stafford's Pier Restaurant
102 E. Bay Street
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 526-6201
Web Link
Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant
106 Pine River Lane
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(231) 547-4311
Web Link
The Drawbridge Bistro The Drawbridge Bistro
100 Michigan Avenue
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(231) 758-3801
Web Link
Trail Groups and Developers
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

Web Link
Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
Web Link
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
1-800-968-3302
Web Link
Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau
101 W. Main St.
Gaylord, MI 49734
1-800-345-8621
Web Link
Mackinaw Area CVB Mackinaw Area CVB
10800 U.S. 23
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
1-800-666-0160
Web Link
Trail Supporter
Consumers Energy Consumers Energy
One Energy Plaza
Jackson, MI 49201-2276

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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
Web Link
Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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