The Michigan Trail Riders Association was created in 1963 with the enthusiasm of a few horseback riders who wanted to enjoy the outdoors here in Michigan. With much cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service and lots of hard work, the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail was created. Now the association has celebrated 50 years of existence and 50 years of riding Shore-to-Shore.
The Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking trail is one of the “jewels” of upper Michigan and Oscoda County in particular. This trail runs from Oscoda on Lake Huron to Empire on Lake Michigan following the lovely AuSable River in Oscoda County. The North/South spurs run from Cadillac to Mackinaw City. With over 2500 members, the Michigan Trail Riders Association clears, marks and maintains the trail and its associated trail camps. The camps of Luzerne and McKinley, which are within Oscoda County, are especially enjoyed because of their pristine atmospheres. The trail running along this section is almost all single-track with many picturesque vistas over the AuSable River Valley.
The Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail is open to all horseback riders and hikers. Maps of the entire trail can be purchase from the Michigan Trail Riders Assoc., Inc. at 5806 E. State Rd., Hale, MI 48739 for $10 per set. Membership in the MTRA, which costs $35 as a “newbie” and $25 for renewals, includes a set of maps and the opportunity to be a part of five (5) trail rides a year on the Shore-to-Shore Trail. Membership also includes four newsletters per year (February, April, August & December) and an annual meeting in March. If you are interested, please call 989-473-3205 or go online to the www.mtra.org website. Be sure to check out the “Forum Page” for calendars, newsletters and other good information. Our Facebook page is also available with lots of pictures of the rides each year.
Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc.
5806 E. State Rd., Hale, MI 48739