Center Firelane Trail

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The Center Firelane Trail blends beautiful scenery and access to many miles of forest trails for off-road adventures. The trail offers diverse terrain, with sandy stretches that give way to sections of hard gravel and the occasional mud puddle. The trail has seen active logging activities in recent years, and sections of the trail are flanked by freshly cut timber.

This 10.6-mile trail is nestled within the Gladwin State Forest, a 12000-acre expanse home to many animals, such as white-tailed deer, beavers, mink, muskrats, and dozens of bird species, including sandhill cranes, swans, ducks, geese, and bald eagles. 

South of Highway 61, the Gladwin trailhead is a launching point for ATVs and motorcycles. Center Firelane Trail also hosts a short loop called the Gladwin ORV Route, aka "Mosquito Alley." There is an extensive network of unmarked trails that also connect to this road.

Camping in the Gladwin State Forest is abundant. Many dispersed camping opportunities exist, including a wide clearing at 44.03889, -84.19643 that can accommodate a large group.