Imagine this…the morning sun wakes you, instead of your obnoxious alarm clock, you have ample time to take in the morning snuggled up with a cup of coffee. A day of possibility lies before you. Fresh snow has fallen on the branches of majestic pines all around you, there is a hush over the land that only happens this time of the year. It’s time to get away from the noise of the city and immerse yourself in the slow and serene landscape of our region. Maybe a winter escape to Oscoda is just what you need for rest and renewal as you begin this new year.

winter scene on water

Winter Exploration

Getting outdoors for some fresh air, even in the winter months, could be just the reboot you need. The same trails that we love to explore in the summer beckon you to discover them from a completely different perspective in the winter months. Whether we have a slight dusting of flakes or deep winter squall, the trails of Oscoda are open for business. And no matter the type of adventure you seek, we have just the right trail for you.

Snow covered trail at Highbanks

Hike the Highbanks

Depending on the snowfall, the Highbanks Trail Area can be a great spot for either snowshoeing or a winter hike. This 7-mile multi-use trail system is set high above a bluff overlooking the AuSable River. This trail provides stunning panoramic views of the AuSable and the Crooke Dam in every season of the year, so you won’t want to forget your camera. If you aren’t up for the hike, but don’t want to miss the view, take a stroll at the Lumberman’s Monument Visitors Center. You’ll find it the perfect spot to capture the spectacular views of the winter landscape.

Fat Tire Bikers

Fat Bike Eagle Run

Fat biking quickly became a winter pastime for cycling enthusiasts that want to ride the trails throughout the winter months. The Corsair Trail Council recognized that fat biking was becoming a growing segment of winter sports and began grooming the 3 looped trail systems of Eagle Run Trails to accommodate fat bike riding. Seven miles of trails are groomed to an ample 6′ wide, making them perfect for shared use with cross-country skiers and snowshoers when the snow flies. Snow covered or not, scenic views and a beautiful natural setting make this the perfect spot for winter exploration of every sort.

Close up of cross country skis on trail

XC Ski the Corsair Trails

Popular in all seasons throughout the year, the Corsair Trail system offers 3 looped trails perfect for your outdoor adventure. In the winter months these trails becomes a destination for cross-country skiing, as it is one of the largest groomed XC skiing trail networks in Michigan, comprised of ski trail loops totaling 28.3 miles of single direction trails. Experience sunny open vistas, stands of fir trees and towering hardwoods along the edge of winding streams. These trails are expertly groomed by the Corsair Trail Council and if you don’t have your own skis, rentals are available at Nordic Sports Adventure Outfitters.

Close up of snowmobiler

Snowmobile the Eastern Gateway

Oscoda is the eastern gateway to northern Michigan’s ATV & snowmobile trail system linking you to all points north. Numerous trailheads and access points offer plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy the winter trails. Beginning in the heart of Downtown Oscoda, the network of snowmobile trail connects you west to enjoy local trail spurs or connect to a system that links through to Houghton Lake and on to Traverse City.

Huron House Bedroom

Pick Your Perfect Spot

Looking for a one-of-a-kind experience? The Huron House Bed & Breakfast invites you to relax in luxury in your room featuring a king bed, fireplace, private hot tub. In the morning, you will awake to a view of the glorious sunrise over Lake Huron. Linger awhile longer for a delicious breakfast that will be deliver right to your room. You will return refreshed from your relaxing winter retreat.

Anchorage Retreat Center, The Lake Huron Resort, and Oscoda Lakeside Hotel are also open year round and provide a welcoming retreat where you can warm up and rest for another great day on the trails.