Buttles Road Pathway

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing Horseback Riding

  • Length: 5.66 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Terrain: 68% Flat; 30% Moderate
  • Organization: Michigan DNR
  • Trail Website: michigandnr.com

The Buttles Road Pathway is located in the Mackinaw State Forest in Otsego Lake State Park near Lewiston, in Montmorency County.  This pathway is a seven-mile long trail, accessible for hiking and biking.  In the winter it is a good trail for the novice or intermediate cross country skier.  The trail is not groomed, but is used often enough for packed conditions (contributed images by David Howell).


MichiganTrailMaps.com says, "Originally set up as a cross country ski trail, Buttles Road Pathway in Mackinaw State Forest now also attracts mountain bikers as well as an occasional hiker interested in the sink hole terrain. The first two loops of the pathway follows the rim of a ravine that contains seven sinkholes while the third loop passes Hidden Lake, a sinkhole filled with water. The karst formations along with the rolling jack pine forests and open meadows makes Buttles Road an interesting ski." Click here for trail maps!


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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