Trail of the Week: North Western State Trail – Levering to Mackinaw City

Take the North Western State Trail between Levering and Mackinaw City for some quiet trail time. As a less traveled section, the crushed limestone is a little looser, making you slow down and enjoy the escape from the hustle and bustle of heavier trafficked sections of trail. Plus, if you ride from Levering to Mackinaw City, you get a view of the Mighty Mac as a reward!

As you head north from Levering, the trail crosses various small tributaries and the Carp Lake River in a beautiful wetland area with excellent birding. From Carp Lake to Mackinaw City the trail traverses about four miles inland from US-31 through State Forest lands. Just before Trails End Road there is a small overlook of the windmills with an interpretive sign. From Trails End Road into Mackinaw City the trail is asphalt. After going under I-75 you will cross Nicolet Street and arrive at the Mackinaw City Trailhead, the northern terminus of the NWST.

From here you can visit Mackinaw City sites, Mackinac Island or continue your trail journey southeast on the North Central State Trail to Cheboygan and beyond.