Manistee NF OHV Trails

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

OHV/ATV/Motorcycle Trails

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.

Michigan DNR ORV/ATV Trail Maps: Maps and map data are available on the MI-DNR website for all OHV/ATV trails in the state of Michigan.

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At a Glance

Fees No Forest Service operated trailheads have fees.
Permit Info: ORV Sticker - OHVs must display a valid ORV Sticker as required by State law. ORVH Stickers may be obtained from the State of Michigan. Special Use Permit -
  • 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).
Open Season: January 1 - December 31
Best Season: March to November
Restrictions: Trails are designed for either vehicles 50" or less in width or vehicles 40" or less in width.  No vehicles over 50" are allowed on Huron-Manistee National Forests trails.  Bull Gap Hill Climb Area on the Huron portion is open to all motorized vehicles.  For more information on the motorized area visit the Huron OHV Trails section of the website. Motorized vehicles may only be operated on designated roads, trails or areas open to that use. To find what roads and trails are open to a particular use, visitors should obtain a Motor Vehicle Use Map.
  • Any road or trail that does not appear on the MVUM is not open to motorized vehicles.
  • Public Act 240 does not permit counties to authorize ORV use on state or federal roads and highways. Forest Service roads are federal roads.
  • ORV’s cannot be used for cross-country game retrieval.
  • ORV's can be trailered to and from nearby campgrounds; however, they cannot be ridden to and from nearby campgrounds.
For a full list of ORV regulations consult the MI-DNRE ORV Handbook or the MI-DNRE website. Camping is not permitted at trailheads.
Information Center: Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District (231) 745-4631   Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District (231) 723-2211


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