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.
At a Glance
Managed season is from April 15 to November 1.
No Forest Service operated trailheads have fees.
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).
March to November
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.
Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District
Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District
OHV Riding & Camping
OHV Trail Riding
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