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Trails in Manistee County

Big-M Recreation Area

Part of the Manistee National Forest (USFS)


 

Enjoy 40+ miles of mountain biking trails carved out of the Manistee National Forest. This well-marked, loop trail system sweeps through canopied hardwoods, which connects with the North Country Trail system. The challenging terrain of this excellent biking and cross country skiing destination offers an adventure for many experience levels, as it is divided into 4 segments of varied difficulty. The varied elevations along rolling wooded trails makes this trail system a popular year round destination for outdoor adventurers.

Mountain Biking

  • 25-miles of single track biking trails
  • One-way trails directed clock-wise (clock-wise)
  • Some challenging sandy climbs
  • Open from April to September

Cross-Country Skiing

  • 18-miles of groomed trails
  • Parking lot is maintain throughout winter months
  • Chalet available for skiers

Hiking

  • Although primarily used by mountain bikers, trails are open for hiking
  • Adjacent to the North Country Trail
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Trailhead Locations


 

Big-M Trailhead

Big-M TrailheadDirections

  • Trailhead Marker/Map
  • Parking Area – Fee for Parking (USFS)
  • Warming Shelter (winter months)
  • Vault Toilets

 

Udell Trailhead

Udell Hills Trailhead Directions

  • Trailhead Marker/Map
  • Parking Area – Fee for Parking (USFS)
  • North Country Trail Access
  • Vault Toilets
  • Drinking Water

 

Enjoy 40+ miles of mountain biking trails carved out of the Manistee National Forest. This well-marked, loop trail system sweeps through canopied hardwoods, which connects with the North Country Trail system. The challenging terrain of this excellent biking and cross country skiing destination offers an adventure for many experience levels, as it is divided into 4 segments of varied difficulty. The varied elevations along rolling wooded trails makes this trail system a popular year round destination for outdoor adventurers.

Mountain Biking

  • 25-miles of single track biking trails
  • One-way trails directed clock-wise (clock-wise)
  • Some challenging sandy climbs
  • Open from April to September

Cross-Country Skiing

  • 18-miles of groomed trails
  • Parking lot is maintain throughout winter months
  • Chalet available for skiers

Hiking

  • Although primarily used by mountain bikers, trails are open for hiking
  • Adjacent to the North Country Trail
  • Dogs allowed on leash