Category Archives: Trails

Chippewa Hills Mountain Bike Race POV credit Austin Leeke

Mountain Bike Trail Forum

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a “Trail Forum” on March 22nd at Tree Tops Resort between 1pm and 5pm

Thunder Bay Trails representatives are planning on attending, let us know if you would like to come along

Click on the links below for more details

MBS Invitation

Mountain Bike Trail Forum Agenda

Tour Alpena County’s MTB Trails Fund Raiser

Rail Trail Bridge Pano

Saturday July 23rd 2016 at 8am Ride all the single track in Alpena County starting at Rockport ~ Norway Ridge Pathway ~ Chippewa Hills Pathway

The day would begin at 8am at Rockport State Rec Area doing one 7 mile loop around the quarry, then jumping in your vehicle and driving to Norway Ridge Pathway where you would do an lap approx. 7 miles then back into your vehicle on to Chippewa Hills Pathway for a lap of 7 to 10 miles.
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New Accurate Trail Map at Norway Ridge

This new sign has a queue for those tech savvy skiers and hikers. As well as !cid__I1393693307accurate mileage for each trail.

Winter Trail Reports

Its that time of year again where we are asking that you post your winter Cross-country-skiingski/walking trail reports.

Let others know of your findings and experiences on the trails with a short detailed report so everyone can be prepared properly for conditions.


You can also post Trail Reports to Nordic Ski Racer to tell about your personal experiences on the trails

Michigan Trails Week is in Full Swing!! September 21-28th

Michigan Trails Week is a week-long event celebrating Michigan’s rich array of trails, Trails_Info-319x1024all types of trails, from hiking, snowmobile, ORV, equestrian, cross-country skiing, to bicycling.  Visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ website to view the calendar of events, which have been arranged for this week.  In addition to working with friends’ groups on individual trail events, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is highlighting the 250+ mile Great Lake to Lake Trail from South Haven to Port Huron.  A hiker, Chris Hillier, 45, from Taylor and a cyclist,  Chris Bowman, 37, from Rose City have been making their way across the existing trail and then navigating the 7 gaps in between to promote awareness of the economic and health benefits this trail will bring to communities and our state.

Trails week to be celebrated around the region

Rockport State Recreation Area

Rockport State Recreation Area

ROCKPORT – Residents and visitors can celebrate Michigan Trails Week by taking one of three tours at Rockport State Recreation Area on Saturday.

Friends of Rockport/Besser Natural Area is hosting an event to showcase the state recreation area’s trails, both over land and water, Department of Natural Resources Park Supervisor Eric Ostrander said. Saturday is also National Public Lands Day, and access to all state parks and recreation areas is free. This includes Norway Ridge Pathway southwest of Alpena, Harrisville, Negwegon and Hoeft state parks and anywhere else recreation passports typically are required.
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Recreational Trails Program – UPDATE

Under Map-21, Governors may choose to opt out of the Recreational Trails Program IMG_1926(RTP). The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has tirelessly pursued strategies to protect the RTP in California and across the nation. As a member of the CRT, American Trails is pleased to tell you that thanks to thousands of supporters across the country helping Governors, state legislators, and agency leaders understand the breath and scope of support for the RTP, the only state in the country that is opting out of the program for FY 2014 is Florida.
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North Western State Trail Opening a New Section of Trail

TRAIL IS NOW OPEN! M-119 to Alanson Trail is now complete. The construction of the Trail-Dir-Frnt_Website-2013_96seven mile M-119-to-Alanson segment of the North Western State Trail has wrapped up and it is now officially open. Five and half miles of the seven-mile asphalt trail run along the former Grand Rapids to Mackinaw Railroad corridor past Spring, Mud and Round Lakes. The route travels through the communities of Conway and Oden. Just east of Oden, the trail runs along U.S. 31 for 1.5 miles before ending at Powers Road. Bike route signs will lead trail users into the Village of Alanson along Milton Road (this is intended to be temporary solution until a trail can routed through the Village). This trail segment is one phase of the 32-mile North Western State Trail connecting Petoskey and Mackinaw City.  Please join us at the official Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting planned for Friday, Sept. 27, at 11a.m. at the DNR- Oden State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center.
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Trail expansion in Davison Township portion of plans as officials seek $600,000 in state grant money

davisontrailjpg-47a7e16b495a6ffdDAVISON TOWNSHIP, MI — Township residents will soon have greater access to the Black Creek Trail as the Davison community makes more walkable and scenic sections of the path.

Work is under way on a roughly half-mile stretch connecting the existing 1.6-mile trail that begins behind the Davison Township offices off Irish Road to Jack Abernathy Park in Davison. Work on the trail began in 2009.

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There is Still Time to Enjoy Your Bike this Year

Labor Day is always thought of as the unofficial end to summer.  We then start looking at putting things in storage until Spring of the IMG_1926next year.  It makes us face the harsh reality that another long cold winter is only just weeks away.  Dreading that long stretch near the end of January and into the month of February of gray days that just seem endless.  If those thoughts don’t give you immediate pangs of Cabin Fever, nothing will.  So why waste another minute or day by not getting out to enjoy our great out of doors in Northeast Michigan.
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MMBA New Trail Guide reminder!


Just a reminder as we now get into good weather- the MMBA launched a new trail guide thanks to some highly skilled and dedicated work by one of your fellow mountain bikers. The trail guide is much more visual and informative. It’s easy to see WHERE the trails are!

Our new Trail Guide can be found here, or at the link in the side bar:

Developed as a winter-time volunteer project by professional web developer Jeff Lau (UselessPickles on the MMBA Forum) this guide is designed to let users explore what our state has to offer, easily finding information about each trail. One can quickly identify trails in an area, drill down to detailed info on each trail, and get directions to help navigate to new places. Some of the trails even feature an overlay of their trail map.
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