McKinley Horse Trail Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Shore to Shore Campgrounds and Trailheads

The camp is located in a red pine plantation and is available is available throughout the year for hunting, backpacking, biking and general camping. There are no designated sites, however there are fire rings. Proximal to McKinley Landing. The parking lot is designed for trucks with horse trailers. The camp provides easy access to the Shore-to-Shore Horse Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open May 29
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
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: April 1 to November 14
Restrictions: Allowed
  • Nonmotorized and snow use
  • Saddle and Pack Animals
  • Vehicles: Motorized and Over-snow
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: McKinley
Water: Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - 107 McKinley Rd., Mio, MI 48647
Information Center:

General Information


From Grayling -

  • Travel east on M-72 for 30 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on M-72/M-33 for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on McKinley Dr./CR-F32.
  • Turn right and travel south on Evans Rd. for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on CR-F602 for 2 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on FR 4004.

General Notes:

Location - Michigan Shore to Shore Horse Trail

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Au Sable River
    • Au Sable National Scenic River
    • McKinley Landing

County - Oscoda

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is gated, but not closed: 
    • The Individual/Family camping area is open year-round. 
  • This site is not maintained in winter: 
    • Access road and/or parking are not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilities are available.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Camping

Amenities -

  • Generator Driven Pump - 5,000 watt, generator not provided
Hitching RailsNo
Loading RampNo
Size RestrictionsNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.
Watering TankYes

Horse Riding

Winter Sports

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Parking 150 vehicle capacity - with trailers