If you are an avid rider (ATV/ORV and Snowmobiles) then you’re in luck in Kalkaska County! There are tons of trails for you to explore - over 100 miles worth!! Many gas stations around the County carry paper maps that you can purchase on the spot, but you can do a little recon before you start your trip on a variety of websites. First you should check out the MI Department of Natural Resources interactive map of trail routes. We recently discovered an App that you can download trail maps onto and it works rather well, even in areas of no cellphone coverage. That app is called Avenza.
Before departing on your ride, be sure to leave your route/trail name, itinerary, and contact information. Please ride safely and leave the trails better than when you found them.
If ATV’s and snowmobiles aren’t quite your thing, that’s okay. There are plenty of non-motorized trails you can explore within Kalkaska County. The North Country Trail (NCT) is one of the longest stretches of trail in Kalkaska County. The NCT is a national trail that spans 4,500 miles over 7 states from New York to North Dakota. You can download trail maps on the NCT Association website that can be printed or downloaded to the Avenza app to take with along the trail. We carry some local NCT maps in our office and can give periodic trail updates if you have an upcoming hike in the area. and other hiking places and disc golf link to log lake and carters course. and fishing opportunities and golfing opportunities.
There are many natural areas and preserves in Kalkaska County that are worth exploring. Rugg Pond and Log Lake are some of our favorite county parks. Log Lake Campground and Park has a great disc golf course for visitors to enjoy.
Our partners at Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy have many preserves in the region, with a handful located in Kalkaska County. Be sure to visit their website to learn about those preserves.
Another option for non-motorized recreation is hunting and fishing in Kalkaska County. With Kalkaska being almost half state land, there are plenty of opportunities to try your hand at either. Check out the Mi Department of Natural Resources rules and regulations for hunting and fishing seasons.