Horseshoe Motorcycle Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

OHV/ATV/Motorcycle Trails

19 miles of the trail heading north from the trailhead cross and utilize forest, county and state roads, and are open to highway legal motorcycles only. The 13 miles of trail heading south from the trailhead are open to highway legal and nonhighway legal motorcycles.

As visitors drive on the trail they will be surrounded by pine and oak forest with an understory of grass and ferns. The terrain will range from flat to rolling sandy hills.

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: Managed Season starts Apr. 15, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
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).
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.
Open Season: April 15
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest Season: April to November
Restrictions: Going North Allowed - highway legal motorcycles <=40" in width  Going South Allowed - nonhighway legal motorcycles <=40" in width Going North & South Prohibited - All motorized vehicles >40" in width; Motorized Over-snow Vehicles 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
  • Occupancy and Use
For a full list of ORV regulations for Michigan, consult the MI-DNR ORV Handbook website.
Closest Towns: Fremont, Hesperia
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - (231) 745-4631
Information Center:

General Information


From Muskegon -

  • Travel north on US-31 for 3 miles.
  • Turn right and travel northeast on M-120 for 9 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on Holton-Duck Lake Rd. for 4 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on Skeels Rd. for 3 mile.
  • Turn right and travel north on 184th Ave. for 2.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

From Freemont -

  • Travel west on M-82
  • Turn and travel on M-120.
  • Turn and travel west on Skeels Rd. for 3 miles. 
  • Turn right and travel north on 184th Ave. for 2.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - Horseshoe Motorcycle Trail, Holton Motorcycle Trail

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • White River, Candidate Wild and Scenic River
    • Pines Point Campground
    • St. Hubert Angler Access
    • Podunk

County - Oceana

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This trail is graded.
  • This site is not gated during the off season.  
  • This trail is not maintained in winter:
    •  Parking and/or access road are not plowed.


OHV Riding & Camping

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OHV Trail Riding

This trail is graded.

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Parking 12 vehicle capacity - with trailers