Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is 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
  • 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
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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.


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