Best Mountain Biking Trails in Northern Michigan

When many people think of top mountain biking in Northern Michigan, they immediately think of Marquette, and the Upper Peninsula. They are undoubtably awesome, however, 6 hours less drive time can give you some surprising trails right in the heart of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Rides from all across the midwest love these trails as they offer similar challenges compared to those in the U.P. but are much closer to home, meaning, more time on the trails, less time in the car.

Top Mountain Bike/Fat Tire Trails in the Region:

The “Essential 9”
MTB/FAT Checklist

  1. Navigation (compass or gps)
  2. Sun Protection
  3. Spare Tube & Pump/Air Shot
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First Aid Kit
  6. Portable Rain Gear
  7. Multi-tool
  8. Nutrition

Access the top MTB/Fat Tire Trails in the Region

Click on a marker to select and learn more about the trail.

Arcadia Dunes Trail Networks

Big-M Recreation Area Trail Network

Mackenzie Trail Network

Ludington School Forest

Betsie River Pathway

Crystal Mountain Resort Trails

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The Michigan's Great Outdoors collaborative consists of five Northern Michigan counties all working together to promote tourism in the region.  With so many hiking, biking, winter sports, and ORV trails in the region that dynamically connect these counties, this site is devoted to educate the first-time visitor to the region looking to explore the great outdoors for the first time.  We welcome you to browse this site and explore all this region has to offer.