MacKenzie Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail

Area Status: Open

MacKenzie Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail

The trail is 10.1 miles with loop combinations of varying lengths available. The trail is marked with blue diamond-shaped blazes. There are signs at each junction with a You Are Here map. The McKenzie trail system is located just northwest of the Caberfae ski area. Loops range from beginner to most difficult. Some trails are groomed in the winter.

Brochure with map:  This brochure is set to print on 8.5 x 11 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger Station
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).
Open Season: January 1 - December 31
Restrictions: Allowed -
  • Nonmotorized nonsnow use
  • Nonmotorized snow use
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
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation
Closest Towns: Mesick, Cadillac
Operated By: Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - 231-577-8902
Information Center:

General Information


From Cadillac -

  • Travel west on M-55 for 12 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on 13 Mile Rd. for 2 miles.
  • Veer right at the fork and travel northeast on 13 Mile Rd. for .1 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on 38 Rd. for 1.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on FR 9833 to the entrance.

General Notes:

Location -Caberfae Area, Lake Mitchell

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Hemlock Campground
  • Briar Hills Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
  • Caberfae Scenic Overlook
  • MacKenzie Cross-Country Ski and Mountain Bike Trail
  • Big "M" Cross-Country Ski and Mountain Bike Trail

County - Wexford

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is not gated during the off season.
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are plowed.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Nearby Resorts Yes - Privately Owned
Warming Shelters No
Base Conditions Groomed


Parking: 14 vehicle capacity

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
10.1 miles

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