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EXPLORING TRAILS

It’s time to explore the trail diversity the Cadillac Area has to offer. From accessible hard paths, to single track in the heart of the Manistee National Forest, there are so many ways to explore trails in our area.

CADILLAC AREA TRAIL SYSTEMS

The Cadillac area offers over 200 miles of trails year around.   Whether you are hiking, biking or walking, we have a trail for you.   All of our trails have public access with either free parking, or MDNR recreation pass parking.  Click on the trail systems below for trail maps, amenities and tips.   Enjoy your trip!

Manistee River Trail Loop Backpacking Trip December 14-16, 2018

 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...

New Winter Sports Trail at Cadillac Pathway popular with Fat-bikers

By Dave FoleyWhen the snow conditions are right, the MDNR Cadillac Pathway parking lot off Seeley Road just east of Cadillac, will be filled with cars left by cross country skiers, fatbike enthusiasts, and snowshoers. While the Cadillac Pathway has been a...

Life can get ‘Ruff’, Take a Break at the Cadillac Area Dog Park

Looking for a place to let your dog run off some steam? The Cadillac Area Dog Park is the perfect place for you! Bill Allen, retired Cadillac High School teacher, recognized the need that the Cadillac Area had for accommodating dog owners and creating a...

Cadillac Tuesday Turtles – Cycling for the Novice

by:  Ben Hikok, Tuesday Turtle originator, father, friend, community volunteer and attorney. Do you ever think back to the way you felt as a child while riding on your bicycle? Do you miss the wind in your hair (or at least as it blows through the vents in...

Top 5 "Early Summer Hot Spots" in Cadillac

It could be considered rare for a relatively laid back northern Lower Michigan community to have such an eclectic mix of options to include in its choice for Top 5 Destinations. But if you know anything about Cadillac, this is pretty much business as...

Get on our Hiking Trails in Cadillac!

Select a trail to access downloadable maps, GPS information, trailhead locations, amenities and more.

Cadillac Pathway

This great trail is only 10 minutes outside of Downtown Cadillac and is a four season mult-sport trail featuring Fat Tire, MTB, Trail Hiking and groomed cross classic cross country skiing.

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Heritage Trail at the Mitchell State Park

Don’t miss this wonderful 3.5 mile nature trail surrounding a 235-acre preserve.

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Oliver Family Nature Preserve

The Oliver Family Preserve is a 15-acre natural area, open to the public for hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities.

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Fife Lake Loop

Along this 21 mile loop trail, hikers can enjoy the scenic views, serenity of the forest, streams and the Manistee River. 

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Waldeck Nature Preserve

Waldeck Island is an 11-acre nature preserve located on Stone Ledge Lake, which is open to the public for quiet sports such as hiking and snowshoeing.

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Big-M Recreation Area

The Big “M” trail is a 37.9 mile loop trail system located in a canopy of hardwoods off of M-55 between Cadillac and Wellston.

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Manistee River Trail/NCT Loop

The North Country Trail takes you west of the Manistee River, and the Manistee River Trail takes you along the east side of the river. This is a hiking and XC skiing only trail.

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Mackenzie Trail

A 25 mile multi-terrain, multi-season hiking, biking, summer trail, that transitions into a groomed classic cross country ski trail system in the winter.

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