Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail


Area Status: Open

Shore to Shore Campgrounds and Trailheads

The trail begins in Empire near Lake Michigan, on the west side of the state and ends at Lake Huron on the eastern side of the state. The trail passes under I-75, north of Grayling, and then continues eastward to follow the historic Au Sable River to its end in Au Sable, just south of Oscoda. 112 miles of trail run through the Huron portion of the Huron-Manistee National Forests.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Fees: Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • South Branch Campground and Trailhead
Concessionaire Fee - Camping -
  • South Branch Campground and Trailhead
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
  • Saddle and Pack Animals
Prohibited
  • Motorized Vehicles
  • 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; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Mio, Luzerne, McKinley, Curtisville, Foote Site Village, Oscoda, Glennie, Hale
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station/Mio Ranger District
Information Center:

General Information

General Notes:

Location - Lake Michigan to Lake Huron, Huron National Forest

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Au Sable River
    • River Road National Scenic Byway
    • Au Sable River - 4001 Landing to Lake Huron
    • Au Sable National Scenic River
      • McKinley Landing
  • Huron OHV Trails
    • MCCCT
    • Meadows OHV Trail
      • Meadows ORV Campground

County - Iosco, Crawford, Alcona, Oscoda

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • The trail is open to horseback riding and hiking during spring, summer and fall. 
  • The trail is open to cross-country skiing and snow-showing in the winter: 
    • Trail is not groomed in winter.

 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

The campgrounds are spaced 25 miles apart along the trail.  All single sites are first come, first served at Luzerne, McKinley and South Branch Campgrounds.

Areas for Campground Camping at Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail

RV Camping

The campgrounds are spaced 25 miles apart along the trail.  All single sites are first come, first served at Luzerne, McKinley and South Branch Campgrounds.

The group sites at Luzerne and McKinley are first come, first served.  The group site at South Branch Trailcamp requires a reservation from Mid-May to Mid-September.

River Road Trail Camp is open by reservation only.  Please call the Huron Shores Ranger Station for information. 

Areas for RV Camping at Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail

Group Camping

The campgrounds are spaced 25 miles apart along the trail.  The group sites at Luzerne and McKinley are first come, first served.  The group site at South Branch Trail Camp requires a reservation from Mid-May to Mid-September.

River Road Trail Camp is open by reservation only.  Please call the Huron Shores Ranger Station for information. 

Areas for Group Camping at Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail

Day Hiking

The trail is open to hiking.  Campgrounds are spaced 25-miles apart and there are no other trailheads between them along the portion of trail that runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forests. 

Areas for Day Hiking at Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail

Backpacking

The trail is open to hiking.  Campgrounds are spaced 25-miles apart and there are no other trailheads between them along the portion of trail that runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forests. 

Areas for Backpacking at Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail

Horse Camping

The campgrounds are spaced 25 miles apart along the trail.  All single sites are first come, first served at Luzerne, McKinley and South Branch Campgrounds.

The group sites at Luzerne and McKinley are first come, first served.  The group site at South Branch Trailcamp requires a reservation from Mid-May to Mid-September.

River Road Trail Camp is open by reservation only.  Please call the Huron Shores Ranger Station for information. 

Areas for Horse Camping at Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail

Horse Riding

Size Restrictions No
Corrals No
Loading Ramp No
Hitching Rails No
Water Availability Yes

Areas for Horse Riding at Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

The trail is open to hiking.  Campgrounds are spaced 25-miles apart and there are no other trailheads between them along the portion of trail that runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forests. This trail is not groomed.

Nearby Resorts No
Warming Shelters No
Base Conditions Not Groomed

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
112 miles