Eagle Run Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail

Area Status: Open

River Road National Scenic BywayThis trail runs along the south shore of the Lower Au Sable River. Eagle Run provides a loop trail system for hiking and cross-country skiing.

Scenic views of the Au Sable River, and a quiet, remote setting allow visitors to experience nature first hand. The trails are maintained with the support of volunteers.

Brochure with map:

  • River Road National Scenic Byway (pdf) - this brochure shows River Road, the Au Sable River and Lumberman's Monument
  • Highbanks River Trail Map (coming soon)
  • Eagle Run Trail Map (coming soon)

The brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller. The trail maps are set to printon 8.5x11 paper.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: No Fee
Permit Info: Au Sable River Primitive Camping -
  • No permit or reservation is required outside of the permitted season.
  • Camping Permit required at primitive campsites from May 15 to September 10.
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.
Open Season: January 1 - December 31
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Restrictions: Allowed - Nonmotorized and nonmotorized snow use Prohibited - Motorized and over-snow motorized Vehicles Discouraged - Dog sleds and pack/saddle animals on groomed ski trails. 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. Applicable Orders -
  • Au Sable River and Cooke Pond Semi-primitive Motorized Areas, shorelines of Alcona Pond and the Eable Run Trail System; R904-14-21
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Oscoda
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station - 5761 N. Skeel Rd., Oscoda, MI 48750
Information Center:

General Information


From Oscoda -

  • Travel west on River Rd. for 2.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location -   River Road National Scenic Byway, Au Sable River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Whirlpool Angler Access   

County -  Iosco  

Season and Other Information - 

  • This site is not gated during the off season. 
  • Trail is groomed.
  • This site is not maintained in the winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed. 
    • No water and/or toilet facilities are available.

  • Trail is hard-packed ground

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Some sections are more difficult due to sand base on the trail. 

Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Wildlife

There are many areas on the forest for scenic viewing. 

The ultimate wildlife viewing experience is watching animals in their habitat.  Here are some helpful tips to become a wildlife friendly viewer:

  • Use the right tools - A field guide, a pair of binoculars and a camera.  Wear clothing that is appropritate for the season and activitiy.
  • Watch at dawn and dusk - This is the time when most wildlife species are active enough to view.
  • Keep your distance - Maintain a distance that is comfortable for the wildlife.
  • Stay quiet - Move slowly and quietly to increase your chances of viewing wildlife, and to avoid stressing the animals you wish to watch.
  • Do not feed the wildlife - There is plenty of food availale in the wild.  Human food can cause digestive problems, provide improper nutrition, and even kill an animal. 

An online version of the Michigan Wildlife Viewing Guide is available on the MI-DNRE website.

Viewing Plants

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Nearby Resorts No
Warming Shelters No
Base Conditions Not Groomed



Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.8 miles

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