It’s time to explore the trail diversity the Cadillac Area has to offer. There are so many ways to explore trails in our area!


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!

Our well maintained trail systems are one of our greatest resources in the Cadillac area. In 2022, Cadillac received the Pure Michigan Trail Town designation!


Striking Gold in the Cadillac Area This Morel Mushroom Season

Hey everyone, it's Joe and today I have a story to share with you about my recent morel mushroom hunting expedition. Now, normally I'd be hyped up to tell you about my epic haul of these elusive fungi, but unfortunately, this time around, I came up empty-handed. Yep,...

Improvements Being Made to the Carl T. Johnson Nature Preserve

Published by the Cadillac Area Land Conservancy Not to be confused with the Carl T. Center Hunting and Fishing Museum and Heritage Park Trails located on the north side of Mitchell State Park near the Canal, the Carl T. Johnson Nature Preserve can be found a ½ mile...

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...

Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau Partners with Tread Lightly! & Leave No Trace for Sustainability in Local Tourism

The Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau is excited to announce partnerships with two national nonprofit organizations dedicated to the education and promotion of responsible motorized and non-motorized outdoor recreation: Tread Lightly! – This Utah-based national nonprofit...

Winter Fun at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center Center

Winter hikes, ice fishing classes and more! The Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, at the popular Mitchell State Park, offers a range of programs for all ages. Visitors are greeted by a 500 gallon aquarium showcasing the fish of Lake Mitchell and Lake...

When exploring our trails please be cognizant of other trail users around you and respect our natural resources. We are proud partners of Leave No Trace & Tread Lightly!


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

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