Highbanks River Trail
A short, 7-mile hike along the bluffs of the Au Sable River will provide day hikers with some of the best, and most dramatic, views of the Au Sable River, where hikers or skiers will be able to look over the river valley, with clear views almost to Lake Huron in some spots.
The linear trail begins 15 miles outside of Oscoda, with access areas and parking at Iargo Springs, Lumberman's Monument, and Sid Town.
During the summer hikers may see bald eagles that nest in the area, along with many other wildlife that inhabit the area. During winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers looking for ungroomed trail will find it on the Highbanks Trail.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15|
|Operational Hours:||Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.|
|Best Season:||January 1 to December 31|
|Closest Towns:||Glennie, MI|
|Operated By:||Huron Shores Ranger Station, 989-739-0728|
From Grayling -
- Travel east on M-72 for 10 miles.
- Turn left and travel north into parking lot.
Downloadable Trail Maps
- Highbanks River Trail Map (coming soon)
- River Road National Scenic Byway (pdf) - this brochure shows all sites along River Road, the Au Sable River and near Lumberman's Monument
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.
Flickr Photo Albums
- Highbanks River Trail
- Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center and Grounds
- River Road National Scenic Byway
Au Sable River
Nearby Recreation Areas -
- Iargo Springs
- Sawmill Point
- Lumberman's Monument
- Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center
Seasonal and Other Information
- This site is not gated during the off season.
- This site is maintained in winter:
- Access road and/or parking lot are plowed.
- The trail is hardpacked earth.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
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.
|Special Feature||Nature Trail, River Road National Scenic Byway|
|Base Conditions||Not Groomed|