The North Eastern State Trail extends for 71 miles along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway. The trail provides a solitary experience as it takes you through wetlands, farmlands, forests and small towns. Picnic tables are located frequently along the trail so visitors can take in the natural beauty of northeastern Michigan along the route. If you are traveling the trail from the north, you will start at the Cheboygan trailhead (1-75, exit 322 toward Cheboygan) and travel southeast 33 miles towards Millersburg (half-way point trailhead) and then the remaining 38 miles to the southern trailhead in Alpena. The trail is most recommended for mountain biking, but hiking is also permitted.