Black Mountain Recreation Area
Hiking and Skiing
With more than 30 miles of trails, hikers and skiers have their choice of routes for every skill level. Special pathways have been constructed for the traditional diagonal skier and the skate-skier. Pathways range from “Easy” to “Most Difficult.”
Skiers may find themselves gliding under majestic pines, taking in views of Black Lake and, under the right conditions, even getting a glimpse of Lake Huron. Trail users travel through a number of forest types and are able to see what a managed forest looks like in its various stages of regrowth. Four separate parking lots provide skiers and hikers access to the pathway loops which best suit their abilities or interests. For grooming information, please visit the Black Mountain Facebook page.
Riding the two-track roads through the flats and over the hills of the Black Mountain Recreation area on horseback has been a popular sport for a long time. Riding is specifically designated for the skiing/hiking pathway April through November. The snowmobile trails are also open to horses April through November. There are many miles of old two-track roads and fire lines which may be used by equestrians. Horses are not permitted off established roads, pathways and trails.
A group campground, south of East Twin Lake, is available to horseback riders. Reservations are recommended, please call (231) 627-2811.
Snowmobiling & Off Road Vehicles (ORVs)
More than 80 miles of groomed trail await you, with trails from Cheboygan to Millersburg, and throughout the entire recreation area. Please stay on trails designated for snowmobiles.
Off Road Vehicles
Three parking lots serve as access points to about 60 miles of ORV trails and 15 miles of ORV routes. In addition to the winding trails and generally straight routes, there is a 65-acre scramble area for motorcycles and ATVs. (These trails are closed to 4X4 trucks). Legal access to trails, routes and the scramble area is at the upper level of Black Lake Campground.
Please follow the orange triangles marking ORV routes and trails. Riding in unauthorized locations is a violation of state law.