Rails to Trails - Tip of the Mitten
UpNorth Travel is always good..always. The latest exploration around Indian River with friend Wayne Abbott centered on camping and bike riding. The campsites at Haakwood State Park were out-of-the-way, low-key camping on the edge of a woodland meadow...perfect. The Sturgeon River has cut a gentle valley as the river runs north to Indian River where it empties into Burt Lake. The Saturday bike adventure started just north of Cheboygan where we hopped onto the North Central Trail, a rail-to-trail path created in 2007. The crushed limestone trail was excellent biking with a surprising feel of wilderness for a majority of the 4-hour trip; only rarely did the trail cross busy roads. Some of the trail passed cottages on Mullett Lake, but I did not get the feeling of intrusion in any way. The mid-way point of our ride at Topinabee was topped off with legendary trailside spring water. The last section of our ride ran along the side of the Sturgeon River, the fastest running river in Michigan. There are reasons to return.