McKinley Horse Trail Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The camp is located in a red pine plantation and is available is available throughout the year for hunting, backpacking, biking and general camping. There are no designated sites, however there are fire rings. Proximal to McKinley Landing. The parking lot is designed for trucks with horse trailers. The camp provides easy access to the Shore-to-Shore Horse Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees No Fee
Permit Info: 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
Usage: Light
Best Season: April 1 to November 14
Restrictions: Allowed
  • Nonmotorized Use
  • Nonmotorized Snow Use
  • Saddle and Pack Animals
  • Motorized Vehicles
  • Motorized Over-snow Vehicles
Forest-wide Closures - Camping Camping in Developed Recreation Areas
  • Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
  • Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
  • Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
  • Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
  • Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
  • Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
  • Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
  • Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nude Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: McKinley
Water: Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - 107 McKinley Rd., Mio, MI 48647

General Information


From Grayling -

  • Travel east on M-72 for 30 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on M-72/M-33 for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on McKinley Dr./CR-F32.
  • Turn right and travel south on Evans Rd. for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on CR-F602 for 2 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on FR 4004.

General Notes:

Location - Michigan Shore to Shore Horse Trail

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Au Sable River
    • Au Sable National Scenic River
    • McKinley Landing

County - Oscoda

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is gated, but not closed: 
    • The Individual/Family camping area is open year-round. 
  • This site is not maintained in winter: 
    • Access road and/or parking are not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilities are available.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Generator Driven Pump - 5,000 watt, generater not provided
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.

RV Camping

Amenities -

  • Generator Driven Pump - 5,000 watt, generator not provided
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.
Hookup - WaterNo
Vehicle ClearenceLow - Medium
Size Restrictions80 Ft. or Less
Dump StationsNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingDirt/Gravel
Hookup - SewerNo

Group Camping

Amenities -

  • Generator Driven Pump - 5,000 watt generator, generator not provided
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.
Group ShelterNo
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
Hookups - ElectricNo


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Winter Sports

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Parking 150 vehicle capacity - with trailers