Loud Creek Ski/Hike Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Loud Creek Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail

This trail has seven interconnecting loops ranging from 1.36 miles to 4.34 miles long. The complete trail is signed with "You Are Here" maps, difficulty rating information and blue diamond shaped confidence markers. The peaceful trail traverses a mix of northern hardwoods and some large pine. Several bridge crossings lead hikers across streams, as the gently sloping trail takes them past beaver ponds and up gently rolling hills. Some short stretches of the trail will go from 5% grade to 25%, and will be more difficult for some hikers. The trail is very popular for jogging, walking dogs, and families with younger children. In the winter there is a sled hill a short walk from the parking lot.

Map: This brochure is set to print on 8.5x11 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.

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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: 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 - December
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Restrictions: Allowed -
  • Nonmotorized Use
  • Nonmotorized Snow Use
Prohibited -
  • Motorized Vehicles
  • Over-snow Motorized 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; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Mio
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
Information Center:

General Information


From Grayling -

  • Travel east on M-72 for 22 miles.
  • Trun right and travel south on M-33 for .25 miles.
  • Turn left and travel east on 14th St. until the pavement ends.
  • 14th St. turns into Cauchy Rd.
  • Travel east on Cauchy Rd. for 1.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - Loud Creek Ski/Hike Trail and Trailhead

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Au Sable River
    • Au Sable National Scenic River
  • Shore-to-Shore Horse Trail

County - Oscoda

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Parking is plowed in the winter. 
  • Trails are groomed in winter.


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Parking 30 vehicle capacity