Three loop options include river views, towering mature hardwood forests and pine plantations. The 10-mile loop is very popular with a stop at Section 4 lake and it's deep blue water and storybook scenery you'll notice in the pictures. All loops end up riding back to the trailhead on a quarter mile long boardwalk in dark cool cedar forest that runs along the Pigeon River.
If you like a more remote trail experience, where you have an opportunity to see a completely undeveloped forest that's home to elk, bear, bobcat and more, the Shingle Mill has exactly what you are looking for. The Shingle Mill Pathway offers a beautiful glimpse of the Pigeon River State Forest sharing some of the best terrain of it's larger brother, the High Country Pathway.
You can either ride the complete 11-mile loop, or shorten it by using the Shingle Mill 6-Mile Cutoff
, or the Shingle Mill 10-Mile Cutoff.
The trailhead is located on Sturgeon Valley Road across from the Pigeon Bridge campground outside of Vanderbilt, MI by roughly 10 miles. Parking is across from the campground and the trail start is located within the campground itself.
An alternate trailhead is at 9966 Twin Lakes Rd, Vanderbilt, MI. Parking is available next to the forest headquarters building.