Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Sister Lakes, MI
I can think of a few stops along the way up the SW coast, as well some very nice scenery farther north. Part of it comes down to what interests you? Some people want to catch every lighthouse along the lake (a trip I have debated actually involves visiting and photographing every light all the way around lake Michigan then someday Superior, then Huron, etc.), others could care less.
As far as dirt roads, I don't know of many that are worthwhile near the coast - there are a couple fire lanes along parts of the shore line, but they are all dead ends with summer cottages at the end. There are a couple parks (Grand Mere, for example) that have short stretches of dirt or gravel leading back to them, but not really optimal riding. I do most of my dirt road exploring out in the country where I live, about 15-20 miles east of the lake. If you want to make a short detour, I can give you a route that could make for some scenic riding away from the lake for a few miles.
Farther north (closer to Petoskey and that area) I think there may be more options, and there are definitely some in the UP. A couple points in the northern part of the lower peninsula that should definitely be on your list are the Tunnel of Trees from Harbor Springs to Cross Village, and a ride through Wilderness State Park.
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