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!


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...

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 is Now a Pure Michigan Trail Town!

The Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau (CAVB) today announced their recognition as one of the state’s newly designated “Pure Michigan Trail Towns.” This milestone comes after several years of collaboration and trail development between a variety of stakeholders and...

#ExploreCadillac Bucket List Item – The Walk Around Lake Cadillac

For years, I told my husband Mike that we should trek the 7+ mile walk around Lake Cadillac. We revisited the topic, picked a day where the weather looked great, and planned for it. Having it coincide with Michigan Trails Week was a nice addition, as the path...

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.

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.


Heritage Trail at the Mitchell State Park

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


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.


Fife Lake Loop

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Print Friendly, PDF & Email