All singletrack in middle of Island - TRAIL

All singletrack in middle of Island - Trail, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Most of the singletrack is good dirt, some roots, few rocks and the best views in Michigan. Multi use trails with horses, but very few hikers, and NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES allowed on the Island!

User Reviews (15)

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Steve NMI   Weekend Warrior [Jul 15, 2012]

The Mackinac Island single track trails are not very technical. There are some marked trails that take you around the island to various locations of beautiful scenery. I have a special place in my heart for all of these trails because they introduced me to singletrack riding when I worked for a season on the island so I was ableto ride them regularly. While they are not a destination type trail system for very technical riders the whole island is completely geared for bicycles. But if you have a opportunity to ride you will not be dissapointed. The only transportation is horsedrawn carraige and bikes, pretty cool in my opinion. I am giving it a high rating based on atmosphere and scenery rather than difficulty.

Customer Service

EXPLORE!!! There are locations and marked trails that offer exceptional scenery. There are also many unmarked trails and you can't really get lost. The island is not very big (the ring road is only 8.5 miles) so all you have to do is go downhill and you will find the water.

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5
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3
ryguy79   Cross Country Rider [Apr 23, 2007]

Short but fun if you're already on the island. I was on the island with family and took my bike just to get around, but was glad to find some decent riding to keep my occupied...not a big fan of the touristy stuff. I wouldn't go there for the riding, but if you're already there, its worth doing some riding away from everyone on the rental cruisers and the horse carriage traffic.

Customer Service

No clue, I just rode around without knowing where I was going

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4
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3
jvb0306   Cross Country Rider [Aug 24, 2006]

The trails around Arch Rock (Manitou and the eastern portion of Tranquil Bluff) have technical sections, with short steep climbs, roots, and rocks. Almost everything else is fairly tame.

Bring your own bike though- the rental places stock fully rigid bikes with street tires.

Customer Service

Around the Island:
Manitou to Tranquil Bluff, then take the Swamp Trail/Porter Hank's loop to British Landing. From here, follow the Croghan Water trail to Partridge, then Crack-in-the-Island back to pavement. Then any trail around Fort Hill is good.

Similar Products Used: There's a good (but short) downhill on the unnamed trail next to the rifle range.
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0
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3
Dan Harrison   Cross Country Rider [May 06, 2004]

I agree with the posters who say they wouldn't make a special trip t othe Island for the MTBing. Once a year, at the end of the Port Huron-Mackinac boat race, I find myself with a half-day to kill. Rent a hardtail and get out of town. My ride always includes Tranquil Bluff and Sugar Loaf; there's lots of ways to get around. It's not about the trail, it's about the cool scenery. See the map link and sample route link below.

Customer Service

Here's a link to an interactive map of the island: http://www.mackinac.com/maps/flashmap.html Here's a link to a sample route I posted on the MMBA bulletin board: http://www.lmb.org/ford/mack.htm

Similar Products Used: Munising area: Bruno's Run & Grand Island; Straits area: Wilderness State Park Cheboygan area: Black Mountain, Bois Blanc (very primitive)
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3
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2
Dukers   Cross Country Rider [Oct 07, 2003]

Not a bad trail system. Some technical sections but you have to know where to look. Pick up a trail map from the vistors information booth next to the carrige tour office by Arnold Line. Hit the backside of the island for the best trails, Tranquil Bluff by Arch rock is pretty good and Coffee trail through the center.

Customer Service

Tranquil Bluff for mild technical and Coffee Trail for cruzing.

Similar Products Used: Boyne Mountain, North Country Trail-Mackinaw section, Bruno's Run-Munising, and anywhere in Marquette.
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3
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4
scott   [Dec 10, 1998]

I went to Mackinac in June of 1997 with a friend of mine. I bought a GT there and we went trail riding. It was some of the most PURE riding I've done. Mackinac is a very peaceful place and I would highly reccommend taking a trip there.

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5
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Mike   [Dec 22, 1998]

I didn't have a chance to ride any of the dirt trails because my bike was stolen the 1st night I was there. If you haven't already heard, Machinac Island's only mode of transportation is horse, bikes and by foot. The #1 crime on the island is bike theft and it happens every day. Had I know I would never have taken my full-suspension bike. So, my advice for anyone taking a bike that is worth some big bucks, don't take it unless you have the thickest Kryptonite lock available or you are just staying for the day. Even with a reliable lock it won't prevent the thieves from stripping your bike, which is what happend to me. My frame is all that was left. I'll give it a 4 star for scenery and endless trails.

Customer Service

Ride toward the center of the island you will find endless trails that start and end from the paved roads.

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4
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Steve Case   [Jan 31, 1999]

Mackinaw Island is great!!! I always find something new and exciting to ride! It is very long and you will find out that you will want to stay a couple days. I can't wait to return!

Customer Service

I recommend to go wherever you want to go. If you want dirt go towards the middle of the island but if you want pavement just stay on the track.

Similar Products Used: Everywhere and anywhere on Mackinaw Island!
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5
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Matt Kowalczyk   [Feb 12, 1999]

I think the guys who recommended Mackinac Island to ride are full of it. The reason why is that they left specific information about the trails out of their reviews. They sound like they work for the tourist board.

Customer Service

Anywhere EXCEPT Mackinac Island!

Similar Products Used: Take a ferry boat to Bois Blanc Island instead. It is mostly gravel roads, with some dirt. Beautiful views,fewer people, nice little lakes for fishing, AND a view of Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel (from Lime Kiln Point). Cheaper and more enjoyable, PLUS, nobody is trying to ream you through your wallet....
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1
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bryan   [Oct 12, 1999]

Take the paved roads to the top of the island. On the way up you will find miles and miles of trails. They can be muddy because of the horses. Starting from the bottom is a long slow climb. Once you are up it is great riding. Especially the way down. You will be lucky to see anyone once you get out of the town. Great riding.

Customer Service

I-75 N to Mackinaw City. Take the Ferry to the island, then start riding to the top.

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4
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