Mackenzie Trail Loop Network

Why it’s great network of loops…

This 10+ mile multi-terrrain, multi season, muti-use hiking and biking trail is great for those looking for an easy/moderate challenge long day-hike or overnight.

Why it’s great for XC skiing…

Even though it isn’t groomed nearly as much at the Cadillac Pathway, or the Big-M recreation area. the Mackenzie Trail can hold its own with great groomed or back country skiing opportunities.  The vast network of loops provide an opportunity to be out on the trail for a few hours or most of the day.

Best segment(s) for a 2 hours or less hike

Many of the loop combinations can be tackled in under two hours.

Trail Description

This is a great trail for those looking to explore the heart of the Manistee National Forest. The vast looped trail network allows you bring only one vehicle with no shuttle vehicle needed. You can create an overnight camping/hiking trip by creatively intertwining the trail networks. There are easy, moderate and difficult trail segments throughout the region. Access the trail via the trailhead off of 38 road. All trails are well marked and trail intersections have marked maps for easy navigation.

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Natural/Hard Pack Surface
  • Non-Motorized Only – Hiking and Biking
  • Information Stations
  • Benches along trail locations
  • Trailhead markers

Trailhead Locations

Trailhead - Mackenzie Trail Loop Network


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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.