The North Central State Trail is used for snowmobiling, mountain biking, and hiking. The trail connects
The route covers approximately 61 miles and has a crushed limestone surface. The trail between Cheboygan and Mackinaw City
is often bordered by trees, but there are some chances to see Lake Huron along the way. The trail offers views of Mullett Lake, farmland, wooded areas, and open country.
The trailhead in
is located on Mackinaw Crossings Dr., just east of Nicolet St. The trailhead serves two trails, the Mackinaw City to Petoskey Trail
the North Central State Trail.
In Cheboygan, the North Central State Trail and North Eastern State Trail
share a trailhead, which is near the northeast corner of Western and Lincoln Avenues. Restrooms and a picnic shelter are available at the trailhead. The two trails split south of Lincoln Avenue, with the North Central State Trail angling west across the street and then going southwest towards Indian River.
The trail passes near Mullet Lake and continues through Indian River, which is
near Burt Lake State Park.
Cheboygan has nice sandy beaches at Gordon Turner Park and Cheboygan State Park. Cheboygan's lighthouse is located on the eastern edge of Gordon Turner Park. Most of the restaurants and lodging choices in Cheboygan are along M-27 or US-23.
The Gaylord area is known for its championship golf courses and downhill ski resorts. The Alpine-insired village
is a charming place with plenty of shopping, restaurants, and lodging choices.
Mackinaw City's population grows from June to October when tourists visit the waterfront city that
serves as a launching point for ferry services to
Known for its fudge shops and the Mackinac Bridge,
the city has many hotels, shops, and restaurants. There's also historic places to visit, such as the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse,
Colonial Michilimackinac, and Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum.