OverviewPlease refer to the North Country Trail map MI-02 north segment to see the placement of these trailheads. The ones for Yankee Springs and the Barry State Game Area are specifically labeled. The others are not labeled, but are easily found on the map.
At Barry State Game Area (south section)
Two other trailheads used previously, Mullen Road and Keller Road, and no longer suitable to use.
At Yankee Springs Recreation AreaThere are four trailhead/parking areas at Yankee Springs well-located for the NCT. Three are located on good roads, but the fourth is not. All of these are located south of M-179 (Chief Noonday Road).
At Barry State Game Area (north section)There are four trailhead/parking areas in this section of the Barry State Game Area well-located for the NCT, which passes right through each one. All of these are located on M-179 (Chief Noonday Road), or between M-179 and M-37 (Middleville Road).
At Paul Henry Thornapple TrailThere are two trailhead/parking areas, one at each end, for where the NCT runs concurrently with this paved, multi-use trail. One is at the east end off McCann Road, and the other is at the west end at Stage Coach Park in the village of Middleville.
At Middleville State Game AreaThere are six trailhead/parking areas for the Middleville State Game Area useful for hiking the NCT. All are indicated on the map for the game area, except for the Crane Road trailhead.
* Crane Road: There is a small parking area (1-2 cars) for the trailhead near the east end of Crane Road, north of Middleville. This is at the western edge of the Middleville State Game Area.
* Robertson Road: There are two trailheads on this road, at each end of the short road connector. The south trailhead has a large parking area; the north has space for only 1-2 cars. Robertson Road is dirt, but in good condition for cars.
* Johnson Road: There is a small parking area (1-2 cars) across the road from the trailhead. Johnson Road is also dirt, in good condition.
* Johnson Trail: Johnson Trail (not shown on road maps) is the northern extension of Johnson Road, and there is a large parking area at the end of it. This road can be driven by cars, but a 4WD with good clearance would be best.
* Harris Creek Road: There is a parking area on the east side of this road, between Parmalee Road and 108th Street SE.
* Intersection of 108th Street SE/Vedder Road with Coldwater Avenue SE/Solomon Road: Parking area indicated on map.
There is also adequate shoulder to park at the intersection of 108th Street SE and Harris Creek Road/Morse Lake Avenue SE.
Notes and RevisionsSuggestions and submissions welcome!
Thanks to Trailnerd for the update on the trail relocated south of the McKibben Road trailhead.
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