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Sound Garden along the Clam River Greenway

For Trail Maps, click on the links below or click on Get a Visitors Guide and specify your map needs...

With over 500,000 public acres in the Cadillac Area, we have plenty of trails to entice you...

CLAM RIVER GREENWAY – a 7.5 mile paved greenway, with wooden boardwalks and bridges that open the Clam River to allPedestrian Bridge and Clam Lake Greenway trail head at the mouth of the Clam Riverow for great fishing and toad catching. The Greenway connects Lake Cadillac trails to  the Cadillac Area Sports Association Soccer & Baseball fields, while meandering through quaint residential areas.

KEITH McKELLOP WALKWAY – a 5.5 mile walkway along the eastern shoreline of Lake Cadillac. Watch the sunset over Lake Cadillac while taking in one of many summer concerts in the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion. The Walkway is also connected to the Cadillac City Park, City Boat Launch, Blackburn Skate Park, Clam River Greenway, Sound Garden, Veteran’s Memorial, and public restrooms with several parking areas along the route. Pets are welcome. Please leash and pick up after your pets when using any public trail system.

LAKE CADILLAC BIKE PATH – The extremely popular 7.5 mile path clings to the shoreline, parks, beaches and neighbors, travels thru Cadillac West, and is one block from Downtown Cadillac. The path connects to the White Pine Trail on the eastern shoreline of Lake Cadillac.

CADILLAC PATHWAY – a 60 mile multi-terrain, multi-season mountain bike summer trail, that transitions into a groomed classic cross country ski trail system in the winter. It’s located on Boon Road, just off US-131.  Maintained by local volunteers in cooperation with the MDNR.

WHITE PINE TRAIL – longest rail-to-trail Linear State Park, spanning 92 miles connecting Grand Rapids to Cadillac.   It crosses five counties and 14 open deck bridges, one being 319 feet across the Muskegon River. During Spring, Summer and Fall the trail offers scenic foliage, fantastic rails to trails terrain, and unique communities along the route.     The White Pine trail connects to a larger local trail system that encircles our lakes and connects our communities.  Staging area is available just off M-115 south of Cadillac.

MACKENZIE TRAIL – a 25 mile multi-terrain, multi-season hiking, biking, summer trail, (transitions into a groomed classic cross country ski trail system in the winter). It’s located at  the  foothills  of Caberfae Peaks, and meanders into the National Forest. The entrance is located on 38 Mile Road, 1 mile west of Caberfae. Maintained by local volunteers in cooperation with the National Forest Service.

MITCHELL STATE PARK HERITAGE NATURE TRAIL –  a 3.5 mile nature trail with wildlife  interpretive  signage, lookoNational Forest Pedestrian Bridgeut  towers and boardwalks adjacent to Lake Cadillac and within the Park. This trail is maintained and groomed in the winter for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

MANISTEE RIVER TRAIL – The Manistee River Trail is a 10 mile trail that goes the length of the Manistee River from Hodenpyl to Tippy Dam. A 20-mile loop can be formed with the North Country National Scenic Trail. There are two trailheads for the Manistee River Trail, Seaton Creek Campground and Red Bridge, both offer camping. A map is available   on the Huron-Manistee National Forests website.

THE NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL –  has  a  128-mile  section  running through  the  Manistee  National  Forests  marked  with  blue  rectangle-shaped blazes. The  sections  of  trail  can  be  done  as  day  hikes  going  from  trailhead to trailhead, or larger portions can be done as overnight backpacking trips. Sections of the trail are open to mountain bikes, so be sure to know before you go! A map is available on the Huron-Manistee National Forests website.

THE BIG M – trail is located of M-55 between Cadillac and Wellston. The trail offers a variety of terrain for almost 40 miles of biking, hiking and cross-country skiing in loops of varying lengths. A map is available on the Huron-Manistee National Forests website.

ORV/ATV TRAILS – varying trails are currently  available  throughout the area. Baldwin, south of Cadillac has the most developed trails that are sure to keep you coming back for more.

EQUESTRIAN TRAILS –  20  miles  of  beautiful Equestrian  friendly  trails  located  just  north  Manton  off  the  Manistee  River following the river.  Cross country riding through the ManisteeNational Forest west of Cadillac is also available

Winter Trails

Snowmobile Trails – at the hub of the  sprawling  statewide trail system, our 200 mile system connects to Wellston, Irons, Benzie, and Traverse trails. The White Pine Trail can be utilized to connect from the south. Don’t miss the Boon Bonfire or the North American Snow Festival in February. MDNR Snowmobile Trail info.  Cadillac Area Trail Maps available upon request (see link above)

Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing Trails:

CADILLAC PATHWAY – a 60 mile multi-terrain, multi-season mountain bike summer trail, that transitions into a groomed classic cross country ski trail system in the winter. It’s located on Boon Road, just off US-131.  Maintained by local volunteers in cooperation with the MDNR.

WHITE PINE TRAIL – longest rail-to-trail Linear State Park, spanning 92 miles connecting Grand Rapids to Cadillac.   It crosses five counties and 14 open deck bridges, one being 319 feet across the Muskegon River. During Spring, Summer and Fall the trail offers scenic foliage, fantastic rails to trails terrain, and unique communities along the route.     The White Pine trail connects to a larger local trail system that encircles our lakes and connects our communities.  Staging area is available just off M-115 south of Cadillac.

MACKENZIE TRAIL – a 25 mile multi-terrain, multi-season hiking, biking, summer trail, that also transitions into a groomed classic cross country ski trail system in the winter. It’s located at  the  foothills  of Caberfae Peaks, and meanders into the National Forest. The entrance is located on 38 Mile Road, 1 mile west of Caberfae. Maintained by local volunteers in cooperation with the National Forest Service.

[Manistee River Pedestrian Bridge - Cross Country Trail Connector]

McGUIRE’S CROSS COUNTRY TRAIL – located within McGuire’s Resort, one mile south of Cadillac, offering 10K of groomed glacier cut hills for Cross Country skiing. Lessons available by reservation. Rentals also available.

MITCHELL STATE PARK HERITAGE NATURE TRAIL –  a 3.5 mile nature trail with wildlife  interpretive  signage, lookout  towers and boardwalks adjacent to Lake Cadillac and within the Park. This trail is maintained and groomed in the winter for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

MISSAUKEE MOUNTAIN -  is a small downhill ski facility located 3 ½ miles north of Lake City, a village located fifteen miles west of Cadillac. It has five miles of groomed cross country trail looped through the pine forest at the base of the ski hill then climbs up the back side of the ski hills, crosses over the peaks before dropping back into the forest.

MANISTEE RIVER TRAIL – The Manistee River Trail is a 10 mile trail that goes the length of the Manistee River from Hodenpyl to Tippy Dam. A 20-mile loop can be formed with the North Country National Scenic Trail. There are two trailheads for the Manistee River Trail, Seaton Creek Campground and Red Bridge, both offer camping. A map is available   on the Huron-Manistee National Forests website.

THE NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL –  has  a  128-mile  section  running through  the  Manistee  National  Forests  marked  with  blue  rectangle-shaped blazes. The  sections  of  trail  can  be  done  as  day  hikes  going  from  trailhead to trailhead, or larger portions can be done as overnight backpacking trips. Sections of the trail are open to mountain bikes, so be sure to know before you go! A map is available on the Huron-Manistee National Forests website.

THE BIG M – trail is located of M-55 between Cadillac and Wellston. The trail offers a variety of terrain for almost 40 miles of biking, hiking and cross-country skiing in loops of varying lengths. A map is available on the Huron-Manistee National Forests website.

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