River Road Trail Camp and Trailhead

Area Status: Open

Shore to Shore Campgrounds and Trailheads

The campground for the Shore-to-Shore Trail is adjacent to River Road.  There are picnic tables scattered throughout the site.

The Shore-to-Shore 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.

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At a Glance

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: April 29 - November 30
Usage: Light
Best Season: April 11 to November 30
Restrictions: Allowed
  • Nonmotorized Use
  • Nonmotorized Snow Use
  • Saddle and Pack Animals
  • 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
Closest Towns: Oscoda
Water: Drinking Water
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station - (989) 739-0728
Information Center:

General Information


From Oscoda -

  • Travel west on River Rd. for 11 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on FR 4411 for <.5 miles.
  • The site is on the left.

General Notes:

Location - Shore-to-Shore Horse Trail

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • River Road National Scenic Byway

County - Iosco

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed


Campground Camping

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

Group Camping

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

Day Hiking


Horse Camping

Amenities -

  • Pull-through Parking
  • Generator Driven Water Pump - 5,000 watt generator needed, generator not provided
No. of Sites
  • Single: 21
  • Group: 1 (30 - 250 people)
Reservation Info Reservation needed for group site.  Call the Huron Shores Ranger Station for more information. 
Size Restrictions No
Corrals No
Loading Ramp No
Hitching Rails No

Horse Riding

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This trail is not groomed in winter.


Parking: 65 vehicle capacity

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
25 miles