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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 and oasis.

And while our rustic beauty will captivate you, we also offer a more manicured outdoor experience. The Gaylord Golf Mecca beckons golfers to stay and play with 17 championship courses where greens stretch as wide as the sky.

Favorite Spring Trails

Aspen Park

Springtime is sometimes call mud season for a reason! Aspen Park’s paved pathways will give you that fresh air fix you’ve been craving, minus the puddles.

Favorite Spring Trails

North Central State Trail

As of April 1, the coveted North Central State Trail reverts back from a snowmobile trail to our favorite non-motorized pathway reaching all the way to the Mackinac Bridge. Be prepared for long, sunny stretches on your bike ride, jog or walk.

Favorite Spring Trails

Pine Baron Pathway

The short but sweet loops making up Pine Baron Pathway are perfect for a few hours of hiking or cycling in our northern forests. Peaceful and picturesque, this pathway is mostly flat to gently rolling and a great outing for beginners.

Favorite Spring Trails

Sturgeon River Preserve

A boardwalk greets you on the first stretch of this short trail, leading you along the scenic Sturgeon River to a small platform. Take in the views, or continue on a short trek through our natural woodlands.

Morel Mushroom Hunting

The elusive morel mushroom is a springtime delicacy eager gourmets travel miles to seek out. Hunting them is almost as much fun as enjoying them in your favorite dish! This sought after delight can be difficult to find in the newly uncovered moss and leaves in early spring, allowing you to explore the awakening forests in Gaylord, Michigan.

While no locals are giving up their sacred morel hunting grounds, we can give you the inside scoop on your best chances of spotting one of these morsels!


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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