A trail which crosses through Oscoda County is the Midland to Mackinac Pathway. This trail runs in a north/south direction near the Oscoda County/Crawford County line.
The Midland to Mackinac Pathway was originally set up by the Boy Scouts of America to simulate the original Mackinaw Pathway, which was a migratory route used by the Chippewa Indians. The pathway weaves through a variety of forest types and land forms. It offers a vast number of scenic and recreational opportunities. Camping is allowed on National Forest land; however, no developed campgrounds occur near this segment of the pathway.
Access to the pathway is available via a parking area north of M‑72 at the ORV trail head on Forest Road 4027 (ORV trail) just east of where the pathway crosses M‑72. The parking area is approximately 14 mile west on M‑72 or about 16 miles east of Grayling on M‑72.
The pathway is marked with blue paint. The pathway does not have marked return loops. If a shorter hike is desired, the user must map his/her own return or come back on the same trail.
At this time, there are no fees required for the use of the pathway. No garbage facilities are provided along the trail, so visitors are asked to please pack out what they pack in.
The Midland to Mackinac Pathway is open year around for hiking and/or snowshoeing. If you have any questions, contact the Mio Ranger Station (989) 826-3252 or
(989) 826-3592 (TTY).