Top-Notch Trails for Cross-Country Skiing in Pure Michigan


Michigan offers some of the best cross-country skiing in the country - great for both fun and exercise.  More than 3,000 miles of trails stretch across the state.
 

UPPER PENINSULA

1. Marquette

The Noquemanon Trail Network is dedicated to year-round non-motorized land and water trails. The cross-country ski trail in Marquette offers dog-friendly loops, paths for advanced and beginners and miles of snow-powdered paths.
 

2. Cedarville

Peek-A-Boo Hill Ski Trail is 5.5 kilometers of grommed trails in the Cedar Forest. The Les Cheneaux Nordic Ski Club keeps up the paths for visitors in the winter months.
 

3. Calumet

Swedetown Trails has 35 kilometers of groomed ski trails, with 5 kilometers of well-lit paths for evening ski trips nestled in the Swedetown Recreation Area. The Area is comprised of 1,900 acres of rolling hills and woodland, set aside for trail adventures. 
 

4. Ironwood

The ABR Ski Trails offer the most miles of groomed cross-country ski paths in a single location in the state, with 45.3 miles of trails and were named one of the nation’s 11 best cross-country ski areas by Men’s Journal.
 

5. Mackinac Island

Come winter, the entire east side of Mackinac Island is reserved solely for cross-country fun, with ski rental and instruction available. An annual lantern-lit cross-country ski and snowshoe event takes place each January, February and March with two miles of twinkling ski paths.   
 

LOWER PENINSULA

6. Petoskey Area

Cross Country Skiing in Petoskey
Cross Country Skiing in Petoskey | Photo Courtesy of Instagram Fan sherikowalski


The Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail stretches 35 miles through multiple cities. The path offers a variety of difficulties and views along its journey. This rail trail is also used as a bike path.
 

7. Lake Orion

Bald Mountain Recreation Area in Lake Orion is known for its eight miles of groomed cross country skiing trails, and is also a great destination for snowmobiling, sledding and ice fishing.
 

8. Bellevue

Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary in Bellevue was the first sanctuary of the Michigan Audubon Society.  Well-known as a refuge for Greater Sandhill Cranes, cross-country skiing is welcomed along its trails in-season.
 

9. Grand Rapids

Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids is a 143 acre facility, giving visitors the opportunity to explore a variety of nature areas along its cross-country trails.  It’s also possible to warm up indoors with special exhibits and Blandford’s popular wildlife care program.