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Tomahawk Motorcycle Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Indian River ATV Trail, Mackinaw State Forest, Cheboygan County, Burt Lake, Emmet County, Charlevoix County, A Trail, B Trail, C Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

The Cheboygan County area features three trail loops of varying difficulty. Loop A is for motorcycles and ATVs up to 50 inches wide while loops B and C are for motorcycles only.

Tomahawk usually refers to the trail loops that allow motorcycles and ATVs only, but the nearby Indian River ATV Trail allow Jeeps and other off-road vehicles. Other nearby recreational opportunities include swimming, boating, hiking, whitewater rafting and more. This area is also popular for snowmobiling during the winter.

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Permit RequiredYesMI ORV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoMI ORV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on loop A
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on loop A
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYesrequired by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest, County Land




Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityIndian River, MI
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Flint, MI
1) Take I-75 North 190 miles to Wolverine
2) Exit at Afton Road (exit 301), turn left (west), continue .7 miles
3) Turn left (south) on Old 27 , continue 0.1 miles
4) Turn right (west) on W Main Street / Wolverine Road, continue 6.25 miles
5) Turn left (west) on Peru Road, continue 1.3 miles
6) Turn left (south) on Springvale Road, continue about 0.2 miles
7) Staging area is on the right.


Contact InfoIndian River Tourist Bureau
Indian River, MI
(231) 238-9325
Contact InfoMichigan Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30181
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1204
CommentMI ORV Sticker Info
Contact InfoCycle Conservation Club of Michigan
(517) 416-0126


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Tomahawk Motorcycle Trail

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Approx Size10,240 acres (16 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail23
Climate TypeForest
Elevation600 to 1000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis state forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe state forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis state forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards are marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)EZ Mart (231) 238-9633
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)The Dairy Barn (231) 525-8540
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park (231) 238-8259
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park (231) 238-8259
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (N)Burt Lake State Park Beach (231) 238-9392
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SW)Weber Lake Campground (989) 732-3541
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Ken's Village Market (231) 238-9342
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