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St. Helen Motorsport Area

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Other Names

St. Helen Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This large off-road area has over 50 miles of designated motorized trails that form long loops, several sandy play areas with moderate sized hill climbs plus six short obstacle courses with large boulders and concrete pipes for 4x4 trucks and Jeeps to crawl over. The motorized trails are mostly flat and sandy but many are open to all vehicle types.

This trail system has two designated staging areas that can accommodate large trailers. The northern staging area has a vault toilet and plenty of space for parking while the southern staging area has a fenced off dirt lot but no amenities.

This popular area is open year-round and provides direct access to gas, food, lodging and ATV rentals. Nearby Saint Helen campground has 30 sites with electric and water hookups plus direct trail access.

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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 (94 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (72 inches)
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areas
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas(maximum width 72 inches)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYesrequired by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandDepartment of Natural Resources


Tent: $18.00
RV: $30.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Saint Helen Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CitySt. Helen, MI
AddressE Carter Road, St. Helen, MI 48656
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Bay City, MI
For Northern Staging Area:
1) Take I-75 North to Exit 222
2) Turn right (north) off the exit ramp onto Old SR-76/St. Helen Road, continue 3.5 miles
3) Turn right (east) onto Airport Road, continue 2.1 miles
4) Staging area is on the right (west).

For Southern Staging Area:
5) Take I-75 North to Exit 222
6) Turn left (south) off the exit ramp onto Old SR-76/St. Helen Road, continue .5 miles
7) Staging area is on the left (east).


Contact InfoSaint Helen Campground
East Airport Road
Saint Helen, MI 48656
(989) 389-4994
Contact InfoSt. Helen Power Sports
1901 N. Saint Helen Road
Saint Helen, MI 48656
(989) 389-4961
Contact InfoMichigan Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30181
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1204
CommentMichigan ORV Sticker Info
Contact InfoTrails End Motel
10100 E Airport Road
St. Helen, MI 48656
(989) 389-7929
CommentMotel with ATV rentals and tours.


St. Helen Motorsport Area Trail Photo

St. Helen Motorsport Area Trail

The sandy terrain plus wide and flat 4x4 trails makes this area a popular destination for UTVs and ATVs.

St. Helen Motorsport Area Trail Photo

Black Jeep with a spare tire on the back going through a hard packed sandy trail in the woods.

This trail system is popular with all vehicle types, including Jeeps.


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Approx Size1,280 acres (2 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail50
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1200 to 1300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
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 no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis vacant land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis vacant land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis vacant land has some roads.Some
ShadeThis vacant land has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
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 (W)Forward Gas Station  (989) 389-4226
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (W)Forward Gas Station  (989) 389-4226
Potable Water WaterOn SiteSaint Helen Campground (989) 389-4994
RV Hookups RV HookupOn SiteSaint Helen Campground (989) 389-4994
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteSaint Helen Campground (989) 389-4994
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteSaint Helen Campground (989) 389-4994
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SW)Louise Fresh Market (989) 389-4056
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