A self-guiding brochure corresponds to numbered posts along the Old Growth Forest Foot Trail (Virgin Pines Trail) as it winds through the forest behind the visitor center. The paved handicapped accessible trail is 1.25 miles long and takes about one hour to walk. Highlights along the way include the beach maple climax forest, the Monarch White Pine, the old-growth pine forest, glacial landforms, and the logging camp, including logging wheels and other old logging equipment.
Several other hiking trails lead the visitor through diverse and scenic habitats. Cross-country ski trails provide access to miles of rolling wilderness terrain. When not blanketed with winter snows, the cross-country ski trails enable mountain bikers to access beautiful landscape.
Directions: From Grayling, MI, Travel Interstate 75, to Exit 259. Take M-93 several miles making a left turn into the park. Travel past the office looping around to the park's visitor center. The trail begins behind the visitor center. Signage is good.
Elevation: 1,000 feet
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Distance: 1.25 miles
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