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Cross Country Skiing in and Near Charlevoix & Boyne City

Northern Michigan trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing are spectacular. With woods, dunes, frozen lakes, and spectacular vistas, these Charlevoix County trails near Charlevoix and Boyne City are the places to be December-March. Many outfitters Up North rent cross country skis and snow shoes. Get outside!

Avalanche Mountain Preserve

Boyne City

Great terrain with both flat and steep areas on 5.6 miles of ungroomed trails. (231) 582-6597

Boyne Mountain

Boyne Falls

The Boyne Nordican has it all for gliders, skaters, and telemark skiers. Groomed for skating and striding, here you’ll find 50K of trails, with 12 loops. (800) GO-BOYNE

Charles A. Ransom Preserve

Horton Bay

This Horton Bay preserve has 1.5 miles of ungroomed trails including vistas of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on 80 acres. Park on Maple Grove Road. (231) 347-0991

Mount McSauba


Three lighted loops, 8K of groomed trails, fabulous views, and a variety of terrain. Rentals available. (231) 547-3253

Nathan Barry Diggers Preserve

Between Horton Bay & Charlevoix

Parking off Boyne City-Charlevoix Road with 1.5 miles of groomed trails on a 75 acre preserve. (231) 347-0991

Raven Ridge Preserve

East Jordan

This preserve has 140 acres and 1.5 miles of hilly ungroomed trails- perfect for snowshoers. Located between Boyne City and East Jordan with parking off Fuller Road. (231) 347-0991

Rogers Family Homestead Preserve

Near East Jordan

Along the Jordan River near East Jordan with 1.5 miles of family-friendly terrain on 135 acres. (231) 347-0991

Springbrook Pathway

Boyne Falls

Ungroomed with 10k on 3 loops. Chandler Road. (987) 732-3541

Young State Park

Boyne City

Young State Park has three loops on 4.5 miles of trails. Boyne City Road. (231) 582-7523

Activities & Attractions in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Beaches

Summer’s not summer without a day at the beach and Northern Michigan offers some of the best beaches anywhere.

Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park is one of the premier destinations for campers and outdoor lovers and is tucked away between Petoskey and Harbor Springs.

Downtown Mackinac Island

Get off the ferry from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace to Mackinac Island and the first thing you’ll see is the historic downtown area.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts

The Charlevoix Circle of Arts is a vibrant, cultural center in downtown Charlevoix that presents six major visual exhibits annually.

Harbor Springs History Museum

Harbor Springs History Museum

The Harbor Springs History Museum offers a unique look at the history of the community, starting with the first Catholic missionaries.

Fishermans Island State Park

Fisherman’s Island State Park

Fisherman’s Island State Park has more than 2,600 acres and miles of gorgeous Lake Michigan beach and is located just south of Charlevoix.

Northern Michigan Lighthouses

In Northern Michigan, you’ll find lighthouses where lighthouse keepers once lived and worked that have been restored and are open to visitors.

Up North Snowmobiling

With miles of scenic trails terrain and local snowmobile clubs, Northern Michigan is the place to bring the snow sleds in the winter.

Northern Michigan Antiques Guide


Shop Northern Michigan antiques shops, art galleries, and furniture stores for home furnishings that are unique and affordable.

Northern Michigan Arts Scene

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Cross Country Ski Trails

Just a short drive from Harbor Springs or Petoskey are more than a dozen Northern Michigan cross country ski trails in Emmet County.

Maple Syrup Time

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Spring brings lots of outdoor activities to Northern Michigan but one often ends up on pancakes: making maple syrup.

The Little Traverse Wheelway

The Little Traverse Wheelway

Bicyclists, walkers, and roller bladers can go from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix on the 26-mile long Little Traverse Wheelway.

Beaver Island

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Beaver Island is located 32 miles offshore of Charlevoix, Michigan and is the largest island in Lake Michigan.

M-119 Tunnel of Trees

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Cheboygan Opera House

Cheboygan Opera House

The elegantly restored Cheboygan Opera House is an acoustically superb, Victorian theatre that presents entertainment of many genres.

Charlevoix's Historical Museums

Charlevoix’s History Museums

The Harsha House and the Charlevoix Depot Museum, run by the Charlevoix Historical Society, preserve much of Charlevoix’s rich history.