NEST – Northeast Michigan State Trail

The NEST is a Michigan-DNR multi-use rail-trail that runs 70 miles from Alpena to Cheboygan. The trail has a 10′ wide packed crushed limestone surface and is open to non-motorized users year-round, and snowmobiles from Dec. 1 – March 31. The trail goes through stunningly beautiful Northeastern Michigan fields and forest, crosses a number of water features, and connects to several small villages and points of historical interest. Being a rail trail, the terrain is flat and easily manageable for all levels. The trail head is located on Woodward Ave., in Alpena, just past Northern Lights Arena, and adjacent to the soccer fields. Bathrooms are available at the trailhead.

  • Bike
  • Hike
  • Horseback riding
  • Dog sled
  • Snowshoe
  • Cross-country ski
  • Snowmobile (Dec. 1 – March 31)
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