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Trail system

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Michigan has an incredible array of trails that are developed and maintained by an extensive collaboration of state and local governments, non-profits, foundations and volunteers.

Our trail system provides access to a diverse set of outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, biking, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, berry and mushroom picking and much more. Trails also help drive our economy by attracting out-of-state visitors, creating jobs, attracting new residents, assisting in placemaking, increasing property values and connecting people to our natural resources.

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Trail mileage

There are more than 13,400 miles of state-designated trails, including 4,020 miles of hiking trails • 1,375 miles of rail trails • 4,090 miles of designated ORV and motorcycle trails and routes • 6,165 miles of designated snowmobile trails • 845 miles of equestrian trails • 2,085 miles of biking trails • 635 miles of water trails • 365 miles of groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails

Trails Advisory Council

The Michigan Trails Advisory Council advises the director of the DNR and the governor on the creation, development, operation and maintenance of motorized and nonmotorized trails.

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You'll also find links to the various trail advisory groups.

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2022-2032 Michigan DNR Trails Plan

The trails plan - built around the concept of "explore, connect, sustain" - provides a framework for the DNR's management of more than 13,400 miles of state-designated motorized and nonmotorized trails and pathways.

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Grants

three ORVs riding on trail

Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Improvement Program

Provides funding for maintenance of established ORV trails and facilities as part of the designated statewide trail system. It also funds development of new trails and facilities, and restoration of areas damaged by ORV use. Government agencies and nonprofit, incorporated clubs and organizations are eligible.

snowmobiles riding trails

Snowmobile Trail Improvement Program

Provides funding to maintain snowmobile trails as part of the designated statewide trail system including seasonal grooming and general maintenance, special maintenance projects that improve the condition and/or access to trails, and replacement of equipment used for maintaining trails.