All Ways Exploring


The Avid Adventurer is:

  • Outdoor Adventurous
  • Escapist/Curious
  • Seeking Authentic Experiences
  • Winter Warrior
  • High Tech Gear Researcher
  • Travel Planner
  • Nomad/Backpacker/Camper
  • Jeep/ATV/ORV Driver
  • Sports Enthusaist 

Taking on Cadillac, One Trail at a Time!

Avid Adventurer: Grab your gear, map your route, and point the GPS toward Cadillac Michigan. Escape from the grind and quell your thirst for adventure. No matter the time of year, Cadillac’s central location has just what you are looking for: multi-terrain trails, ORV/ATV off-road adventure, rustic campgrounds, and access to major rivers and inland lakes.

And when the snow flies, we have the best of what Northern Michigan has to offer the winter warrior: 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, 34 downhill ski runs, and 60+ miles of XC and snowshoe trails. Explore the great outdoors, All Ways in Cadillac!

Destination: Cadillac.

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Explore area destinations selected just for you to make the most of your Cadillac outdoor adventure!

Miles of Multi-Terrain Trails

Major Rivers

Miles of ORV Trails


Cadillac Stories

Find the latest news and stories about adventure in the Cadillac region.  Our team of local writers dig deep into the region’s recreation and provide our travel community the latest about exploring the area, trails, seasons and so much more.

We welcome you to explore Cadillac.

Cadillac Fall Routes & Rivers – 10 Ways to Enjoy Our Autumn Colors

Book Your Fall Golf Getaway in Cadillac – Fall golfing in Cadillac can be the most picturesque time of year to hit the links! With crisp autumn air, foliage in full color and affordable late season golf deals, you will avoid the summer crowds to enjoy great views of...

Vertical Drop – Skiing in Cadillac

Back in the day, the Cadillac area was the state’s first ski destination. That legacy is a point of pride for the area, but Cadillac’s storied past does not mean that the area is resting on its laurels. These days, Michigan’s oldest ski destination is also...

Walking the Clam River Greenway

The Clam River Greenway is a 1.6 mile paved trail that takes visitors from the CASA soccer fields to a couple Lake Cadillac trails. The trail is 10 feet wide and covers multiple boardwalks, bridges, and snakes with the Clam River through its entirety. "Walking and...

Out and About, 10 Essentials for Your Next Hiking Trip

By Dave Foley: If you enjoy hiking, be it a day trip or an overnight on the trail, there’s plenty of opportunities in the Cadillac area. Pick any stretch of the more than 50 miles or North Country Trail in our area, or hike the Manistee River Trail between Hodenpyl...

Tour Waldeck Island

Waldeck Island Nature Preserve is an 11-acre nature preserve located on Stone Ledge Lake. On the preserve is a 1.2-mile looped trail through the serene forests and around the bio-diverse swamp. Walking the trail, exploring the shoreline, and visiting the viewing...

A Fresh Start For The “Fatty Caddy” Fat Bike Winter Race

Two bicycle races added to the calendar in 2023 at the Cadillac Pathway via RILEY CONNELL, CADILLAC NEWS Cadillac has been chosen as the final stop on the annual Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series race trail, and registration is officially open. The series begins in...

Five Scenic In-and-Out Hikes Along the North Country Trail

The 4600 mile North Country Trail (NCT), beginning in Maine and running to North Dakota, passes through Michigan. More than 100 miles of it are within 40 miles of Cadillac. With so many miles of trail available, deciding where to go could be a problem. But wherever...

A December Backpacking Trip on the Manistee River Trail Loop

 As the seasons change and winter arrives, many people put away their backpacking gear.  But as the snow falls and the crowds disappear, a new adventure awaits.  It was a cold December night, and our group met at the Upper River Road trailhead on the North Country...

Out & About, Prime Paddling Season is Upon Us!

By Dave Foley If you were hesitant about joining the throngs of paddlers that fill popular rivers like the Manistee and Pine on summer weekends, take heart, the pressure on these streams is noticeably less after Labor Day. Only a few canoe liveries are...

Winter Hiking The Manistee River Trail

For years, I've been winter backpacking all over the county from Utah to Maine! But the scenic trails we have right here at home are some of the best I've ever had the pleasure of exploring. My most recent winter hike with friends is a tradition that we try to plan...
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