Hiking

Ogemaw County is an ideal place to spend a day, a long weekend or an entire vacation. Everything you can imagine is here for your enjoyment. We offer many great scenic adventures that will make your stay seem like a fairy tale. Enjoy the beauty of the Ogemaw Hills and the many trails that abound in the area. The beauty of this region lies in the wide variety of hills, lakes and streams. Let your mind wander back to your childhood and remember the fun you had while enjoying the beauty of nature and the feeling of renewed life that comes with being outdoors.

Hiking Trails Ogemaw County

The hiking trails of Ogemaw County offer serene places to get away and just hike for a short while or for hours. The Ogemaw Hills Pathway and The Rifle River Recreation Area give you a great facility to be able to relax and be part of nature on your hike.

  • Ogemaw Hills Pathway

    Ogemaw Hills Pathway

    Hiking Cross Country Skiing Mountain BikingThe Ogemaw Hills Pathway is located at the corner of Clear Lake Road and Fairview Road. Take Exit 212 (West Branch Exit) following Business Loop 75 to Fairview Road (5 miles to Ogemaw Hills Pathway).Trail Length: 13.6 Miles

    Located in the hills north of West Branch, the trails of the Ogemaw Hills Pathway wind through approximately 15 miles of the AuSable State Forest providing trails for hiking and biking and groomed cross country trails for all skill levels.

    Ogemaw Hills Pathway Hike - West Branch

    In terms of forest cover types the area varies from large expanses of jack pine on the sandy plains, to low conifer swamps. The tree species are primarily associations of jack pine, red pine, and black oak, in the sandy areas. Finally on the ridges along the higher elevations bigtooth aspen and red oak are found on the better quality soils. Much of the state forest land originated after the large forest fires during the early 1900's, and many areas were replanted by the Civilian Conservation Corps.


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  • Rifle River Recreation Area

    Rifle River Recreation Area

    Hiking Cross Country Skiing Fishing Hunting Canoeing Swimming Camping Mountain Biking Snowmobiling Watchable WildlifeApproximate Size: 4449 AcresTrails: 14 MilesPhone: (989) 473-2258

    The Rifle River Recreation Area covers 4,329 acres in Ogemaw County, and is the most predominant recreation facility in the watershed. The park offers 159 campsites, has several hiking trails and several lakes in its boundaries. From biking to fishing to relaxing to birdwatching, the Rifle River Recreation Area is the perfect setting to enjoy your visit to Ogemaw County.


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Hiking Trail Rifle River Recreation Area
Ogemaw Hills Pathway Sign Post
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Hiking Trail Rifle River Recreation Area