Call it darn good geographical luck or a heckuva blessing from the snow gods, but Gaylord, Michigan’s got dibs on the sweetest snowmobiling in the state. Our dead-center position in the tip of the mitt means the sky above blows in big – no, make that behemoth-blizzards of lake-effect snowfall winter long, plus the city sits pretty in the middle of a snowmobile network that runs more than 500 miles across eight counties. In other words, ladies and gentlemen-rev your engines.
You can ride out your door from more than a dozen Gaylord-area accommodations, but if you’re hauling your sled to the trail, park your truck and/or trailer at one of our staging areas (designated with a P on the map) to begin your ride.
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A Quick Reference For Trail Mileage
From here, you can go pretty much go anywhere in northern lower Michigan. Serious sledheads are fanatical for the new North Central State Trail running from Gaylord to Mackinaw City. The trail, a former railroad corridor, stretches north for 61 gorgeous and groomed miles, through forest, farms and villages, all the way to the Straits of Mackinac open to snowmobiling December 1 through March 31. Don’t miss the longtime go-to trail, the North Branch starting south on Old 27 across from Extreme Power Sports. The North Branch is a never-ending story of snowmobiling, funneling riders south to Kalkaska’s beautiful Blue Bear Trail, west to the deeply forested Jordan Valley, east to Lewiston’s Lovells Trail, plus scads more connector trails and free-range National Guard lands that are open to riding.
Print out the quick reference quide for planning your snowmobile trip in and around the Gaylord area.
Gaylord Area Trail Mileage Guide
Gaylord To Mackinaw Trail
The designated trailhead is located just north of downtown Gaylord on Fairview Road right across from the Soccer complex where parking is available. The view along the trail showcases some of the prettiest landscapes in the North. Farms, forest and open fields share the scene with scads of sparkling lakes, rivers and marshes buzzing with wildlife.
Indian River to Cheboygan Trail
Closed midnight to 8:00 am
Speed Limit 35 mph - Regulations Strictly Enforced
The resurfaced Gaylord to Mackinaw City Trail, officially known as the North Central State Trail, opened on June 7, 2008, National Trails Day. The Gaylord to Mackinaw City Trail is an former railroad line that was improved with a crushed limestone surface in the fall of 2007.
In 2008 the North Central State Trail was named as one of the top five autumn destinations in the nation by Rails to Trails Conservancy.
Gaylord To Mackinaw Trail Map
Through Downtown Gaylord
Visitors should be aware that even though we encourage snowmobilers to visit town, sidewalks are for pedestrians. The City of Gaylord Police have been giving tickets to snowmobiles on sidewalks. You can get to within one block of downtown using the trail, so please park your sled and walk the rest of the way.
Crossing Main St.!
Snowmobiles may not cross Main Street between the Railroad tracks to the West and Elm St. to the East. The snowmobile trail crosses Main St. at the railroad tracks.
Travel Within The City!
Snowmobiles may travel no faster than 10 M.P.H. on city side streets. No travel is allowed on M-32 (Main St.) or Old 27.