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Gladwin ORV Scramble Area

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Other Names

Gladwin Trail, Au Sable State Forest, Little Molasses River, Bentley Marsh

Last Known StatusOpen

This trail system offers about 50 miles of ATV trails that form long loops. The main staging area offers direct access to both the northern and southern loop. The southern loop eventually leads toward a large play/scramble area while the northern trail ties into the Michigan Cross Country Trail.

The trails wind through rolling hills and are mostly sandy with occasional deep whoops. During the winter months snowmobiles are permitted.

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Permit RequiredYesMichigan 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 (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
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 Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingSome Areaspermitted in scramble area
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails, Gravel Pit
LandState Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityGladwin, MI
AddressCenter Firelane Trail, Bentley, MI 48613
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Flint, MI
1) Take I-75 North to Exit 190
2) Turn left (west) off the exit ramp onto M-61, continue about 10 miles
3) Turn left (south) onto Center Firelane Trail, continue about .25 miles toward staging area.


Contact InfoMichigan Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30181
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1204


Gladwin ORV Trail Photo

Gladwin ORV Scramble Area Trail

Photo Submitted 6/26/2021 (Thanks!)

Gladwin ORV Trail Photo

Gladwin ORV Scramble Area Trail

Photo Submitted 6/26/2021 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size900 acres (1 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail50
Climate TypeForest
Elevation720 to 760 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
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis state forest 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 (E)Mobil (989) 846-9756
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (E)Mobil (989) 846-9756
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Outdoor Adventures Saginaw Bay Resort (989) 671-1125
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)Outdoor Adventures Saginaw Bay Resort (989) 671-1125
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (E)Outdoor Adventures Saginaw Bay Resort (989) 671-1125
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (E)Outdoor Adventures Saginaw Bay Resort (989) 671-1125
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Mobil (989) 846-9756
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