There are several motorized trails on the Manistee portion of the forests, including a section of the MCCCT. The majority of the trails are located in the southern portion of the Manistee, within driving distance of Grand Rapids and Muskegon.
There are several campgrounds located within driving distance of the trailheads; however, there are no campgrounds on the Manistee portion that have trailheads adjacent to the campgrounds.
No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
ORV Sticker -
OHVs must display a valid ORV Sticker as required by State law. ORV Stickers may be obtained from the State of Michigan.
March to November
As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors.
These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests.
Applicable Orders -
Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
For a full list of ORV regulations consult the MI-DNRE ORV Handbook or the MI-DNRE website.
Camping is not permitted at trailheads.
There are four main trails on the Manistee National Forest - Cedar Creek, Holton, Horseshoe and MCCCT.
Cedar Creek, Holton and Horseshoe are open to motorcycles. Cedar Creek is located near Twin Lakes, while Holton and Horseshoe are located near the White River.
The portion of the MCCCT that crosses the National Forest stretches from M-20 to north of US 10. The Big O, Little O and M-20 trails are loops connecting to the MCCCT and are open to OHV's and ATV's. The Big O is located south of US 10 and the Little O loop is located north of US 10. The MCCCT and the M-20 Motorsport Trail are open to motorcycles. M-20 Motorsport Trail is located near M-20.
Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Manistee NF OHV Trails