White Pine Trail

Why it’s great for the first time hiker & biker…

This non-motorized rail-trail connects you all the way to Grand Rapids if you are looking for a 92 mile ride, however, most just take an out and back approach from the White Pine Trailhead in downtown Cadillac. The trail is easy and perfect for families

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

Beginning in Downtown Cadillac, take the trail south for about and hour and return.

Trail Description

White Pine Trail is the longest rail-to-trail Linear State Park, spanning 92 miles connecting Grand Rapids to Cadillac.   It crosses five counties and 14 open deck bridges, one being 319 feet across the Muskegon River. During Spring, Summer and Fall the trail offers scenic foliage, fantastic rails to trails terrain, and unique communities along the route.  The White Pine trail connects to a larger local trail system that encircles our lakes and connects our communities in the Cadillac Foot and Bike Path.

Difficulty: Beginner

Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Pavement
  • Benches along the Route
  • Non-Motorized Only
  • Benches along the Route
  • Restrooms along the way

Trailhead Locations

Downtown Cadillac Trailhead

South Cadillac Trailhead


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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.