Corsair Trails

This trail is good for Hiking XC Skiing

  • Length: 25.91 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Terrain: Steep 15%, Hilly 35%, Moderate 30%, Flat 20%
  • Groomed: Yes
  • Organization: US Forest Service
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The Corsair Trail System is located near Tawas City in Iosco County and is one of the largest groomed trail networks in Michigan.  The trail system is perfect for hiking and cross country skiing and winds through red pine forest and along Silver Creek in the Huron National Forest. There are several loops that allow for quick half hour trips or all day adventures. The trails are groomed for cross-country skiing and the warming shelter is open most weekends making this area a fun winter getaway. The Corsair Trail Council operates and maintains the Corsair Skiing and Hiking Trail and the Highbanks Trails.

Corsair, Silver Valley and Wrights Lake Trailheads are plowed in winter. Silver Valley and Wrights Lake Trailheads are maintained from Dec. 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016. Corsair Trailhead is maintained year-round. Entry fee applies at Corsair Trailhead, but no fee is required at the Wrights Lake and Silver Lake Trailheads. Water and toilet facilities are available. Warming shelter available.

Use Monument Road to access Trailheads:
From Corsair Trailhead - This portion of the trail has a spur to a 600 ft. interpretive and fishing trail along Silver Creek.
From Silver Valley Trailhead - This portion of trail offers skiing that is gentler and less hilly. There are two Silver Creek bridge crossings.
From Wrights Lake Trailhead - This portion of the trail provides a little more challenge with longer loops and steeper hills.

NO SNOWSHOEING OR FAT TIRE BIKING says, "The best reason to spend a day or even a weekend in this corner of the Huron National Forest is because no other groomed trail system in the Lower Peninsula is as extensive or better laid out than Corsair. 'This section is one third up, one third down and one-third level, which creates perpetual motion for skiing,' said Gary Nelkie of Nordic Sports in Tawas City. 'You can ski forever here without getting tired.' And skiers are trying. This network of trails registers 25,000 users annually, making it one of the most popular Nordic ski area in the state." 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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