Highbanks Trail

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing

  • Length: 7.53 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Terrain: 70% Flat, 30% Moderate
  • Bike Type: Mountain
  • Organization: US Forest Service
  • Trail Website: fs.usda.gov
  • Local Tourism Bureau: oscoda.com

A short, 7-mile trek along the bluffs of the Au Sable River will provides some of the best and most dramatic views of the Au Sable River, where snowshoers and skiers will be able to look over the river valley with clear views almost to Lake Huron in some spots. The trail has access areas and parking at Iargo Springs and Lumberman’s Monument (accessed off River Road). The grounds of these sites are open in the winter, but the sites are not maintained and no toilet facilities are available. The trail is not groomed but is maintained by the US Forest Service and Corsair Trail Council – this means the trail is well-marked and cleared of fallen trees.  

MichiganTrailMaps.com says, "Strung along the towering bluffs above the Au Sable River is the Highbanks Trail, a skiing and hiking route that was developed through the Corsair Ski Council and the Huron National Forest. This is a point-to-point trail, and without two vehicles, it’s almost impossible to avoid backtracking. With its mostly level contour along the tops of the bluffs, this trail makes an excellent outing for children. The monuments to the past and the panoramas of the river will keep their minds off tired feet." 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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