Snowmobile Trail Report
Michigan Snowmobile Festival – February 24 – CANCELLED
A Quick Reference For Trail Mileage
Gaylord To Mackinaw Trail
Through Downtown Gaylord
Michigan Snowmobile Trail Rules & Regulations
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 all winter long, plus the city sits 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.
October 11, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.
As you may be aware, the stretch of trail that runs along Otsego Lake is currently under construction. Improvements are being made so it can serve as part of the Iron Bell bike trail in the summer and continue as a snowmobile trail in the winter. The project was held up due to the recent strike, however, work on the trail has resumed and is expected to be completed late this fall. We have been reassured that the trail will be open for snowmobiling as usual on December 1st, weather permitting. Stay posted for updates as our riding season approaches!
Save the date and stay tuned for more information!
From here, you can go pretty much anywhere in northern lower Michigan. Serious sled heads are fanatics for the North Central State Trail, running from Gaylord to Mackinaw City. The trail, a former railroad corridor, stretches north for 62 gorgeous and groomed miles through forest, farms and villages, all the way to the Straits of Mackinac. This scenic trail is open to snowmobiling December 1 through March 31 (weather permitting, of course). Don’t miss the well known 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 numerous connector trails and free-range National Guard lands that are open to riding.
Print out the quick reference guide for planning your snowmobile trip in and around the Gaylord area.
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, forests and open fields share the scene with sparkling lakes, rivers and marshes buzzing with wildlife.
Indian River to Cheboygan Trail
Closed midnight – 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. This four-season trail is a 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.
Visitors should be aware that even though we encourage snowmobilers to visit town, sidewalks are strictly for pedestrians. The City of Gaylord Police regulate this law and tickets will be given. You can get within one block of downtown using the trail, so please park your sled and walk the rest of the way.
Crossing Main Street
Snowmobiles may not cross Main Street between the Railroad tracks to the West and Elm Street to the East. The snowmobile trail crosses Main Street 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 Street) or Old 27.
Follow the link above to check out Snowmobile trail rules and regulations for Michigan. You can also find out where to obtain Trail Permits and Trail Safety information.