North Central State Trail – Route Map

This beautiful 61-mile trail has become one of the premier cycling trails in the Midwest. Its flat terrain makes for easy bicycling through an area of great and diverse natural beauty. Most users’ highlights will include the valley of the Sturgeon River and its tributaries and the section north of Topinabee along the west side of Mullet Lake. The terminal towns of Gaylord and Mackinaw City, Vanderbilt, Wolverine, Indian River, Topinabee, and Cheboygan also offer plenty of amenities. The improvement to the old rail corridor was completed in 2007, and was made possible by a nearly $2 million federal trail enhancement grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation in 2005 and the cooperation and contributions from governments and individuals along the way. In 2008 the trail was named as one of the top five autumn destinations in the nation by Rails to Trails Conservancy.


Gaylord to Vanderbilt 7.6

Vanderbilt to Wolverine 10.9

Wolverine to Indian River 9.6

Indian River to Topinabee 5.6

Topinabee to Mullett Village 6.6

Mullett Village to Cheboygan 5.3

Cheboygan to MDOT Park 8.4

MDOT Park to Mackinaw City 7.9

Total Miles 61.9