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Welcome to Gaylord, Michigan!

An outdoor paradise for every season and every pursuit.

Breathe in fresh forest air and glide along pristine waterways in Gaylord, Michigan. Here, there’s enough room to roam and enough unspoiled wilderness to go around! Located in the heart of northern Michigan, Gaylord is the perfect place to gear up for adventure and unwind in nature. Bountiful forest trails, winding rivers, over 90 sparkling inland lakes, and four seasons make Gaylord the ultimate outdoor playground.

During the spring, we wait in anticipation for flowers to bud and morel mushrooms to emerge from the ground that was blanketed with snow only a short time ago. It’s time to get outdoors and explore our trail systemsparks and preserves, while appreciating all Northern Michigan has to offer.

5 Reasons to Visit this Spring

Biking Trails

The Gaylord area is home to some of the best biking trails in Michigan. The North Central Trail that extends from Waters 73 miles north to Mackinaw City is one of the most scenic trails in the Midwest. If you prefer to hit up a good singletrack, we’ve got those, too.

5 Reasons to Visit this Spring

Lake Life

As the ice melts, it will open up our 90+ lakes in Otsego County for boatingfishing and enjoying all types of water sports.

5 Reasons to Visit this Spring

Hiking Trails

What were just a few weeks ago outstanding snowshoe trails will transform into some of the finest and most scenic hiking trails in our state. Some of our favorites are Aspen Park, the Shingle Mill Pathway in the Pigeon River Country State ForestDead Man’s Hill east of Elmira and Pine Baron Pathway just west of Gaylord.

5 Reasons to Visit this Spring

Elk Viewing

Thanks to excellent wildlife management by the DNR, our elk herd continues to thrive. You’ll find the best viewing opportunities north of Otsego County near the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

5 Reasons to Visit this Spring

Morel Mushroom Hunting

Warm temperatures, sunny skies and gentle, warm rain creates the best conditions for finding the elusive morel mushroom. This delicacy is as much fun to look for as it is to find. 

Morel Mushrooms: The Fickle Fungus & How to Find It

Morel mushrooms are often described as the “steak” of the mushroom world, a delicacy hidden among last autumn’s remaining dried leaves and the bright green mossy cover of early spring. While mouthwateringly delicious, this most sought after tidbit can be difficult to find, to say the least. We have some helpful hints for those wishing to seek out this coveted treat, and believe us, you’ll need them!  


Hit the Town

Gaylord may be known the world over for its outdoor recreation opportunities, but that’s only half the charm. Shop, sip, sample, and savor the best of Gaylord’s downtown scene.

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