Au Train Songbird Trail

Area Status: Not Cleared

This easy 2 mile interpretive hiking loop next to Au Train Campground offers a unique wildlife watching opportunity.  Take the first campground loop to the right and you will find the trailhead near campsite #11. The trail winds through forest and field, along bog and lakeshore, and includes an observation platform on Au Train Lake's Buck Bay. The best time to hear the 'woodland concert' is in the morning when the birds are most active, but you can walk the trail any time of the day. In the forested areas, you may see such birds as chickadees, cedar waxwings, and nuthatches. From atop the observation platform, near the trailhead, you may see ducks, shorebirds, and perhaps even an eagle or osprey.

To download a birding checklist for the Central Upper Peninsula, Click Here.  Follow this link to a brochure about birding spots in the Central Upper Peninsula.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is not groomed in winter. Trailhead opens May 15 and closes October 30.
Open Season: May 15 - Oct 30
Closest Towns: Au Train

General Information


From the intersection of County Highway 3 and M-28 in Au Train drive south 4.2 miles on County Highway 3 to FR2276. Turn left (east) and drive 0.7 mile to FR2596. Turn left (north) and drive 1.4 miles to campground.

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Day Hiking

2 miles interpretive hiking trail.

Difficulty Level: Easy

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