Little O ATV Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The trail traverses flat to rolling hills and goes through areas ranging from heavily forested with oak, maple and pine with a shrub, grass and fern understory to open meadows. There are several bridge crossings along the route.

The Little "O" ATV Trail is a 41-mile loop for ORV's 50" or less in width. It connects with MI-DNRE trails at M-37 north of Wolf Lake and the M-37 Trialhead. 

This trail is shown on the Huron-Manistee National Forests Motor Vehicle Use Map, available in the Maps and Publications section.  A map is also located on the MI-DNRE website.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: M-37 Trailhead: Managed Season starts Apr. 15, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Permit Info: ORV Sticker -

OHVs must display a valid ORV Sticker as required by State law. ORV 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: April 15 - November 30
Usage: Light
Best Season: March to November
Busiest Season: April to November
Restrictions: Allowed:
  • ORV's 50" wide or less


  • Non-Highway Legal Vehicles Over 50" Wide
  • Motorized Over-snow Vehicles
  • Any Motorized Vehicle Over 50" Wide

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.

Closest Towns: Baldwin
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - 650 N. Michigan Ave. PO Box D, Baldwin, MI 49304

General Information


From Baldwin -

32nd. St. Trailhead

  • Travel north on M-37 for 2.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on 32nd St. for 2.5 miles.
  • The road terminates at the trailhead.

M-37 Little "O" Trailhead

  • Travel north on M-37 for 9.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the left.


32nd. St. Trailhead

  • 22 vehicle capacity - with trailers
  • 3 vehicle capacity - vehicles without trailers

M-37 Little "O" Trailhead

  • 20 vehicle capcity - with trailers


General Notes:

Location - Baldwin, MCCCT

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Pere Marquette River Area
    • Bowman Bridge Campground
    • Bowman Lake Campground
    • Bowman Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
    • Upper Branch Bridge
  • North Country National Scenic Trail
    • Timber Creek Campground

County - Lake

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Trailheads are not gated during the off season.
  • Trailheads are not maintained in winter:
    • Access roads and/or parking lots are not plowed.
    • No toilet facilities are available.  


OHV Riding & Camping

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OHV Trail Riding

This trail is graded.

Staging AreaNo
Loading RampNo


Toilets 32nd. St. and M-37 Trailheads
Parking 2 Trailheads