Freesoil Trailhead

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Freesoil Trailhead
Elk Hwy and Freesoil Rd
Elk Township, MI 49644
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Going North – Heading north will take you to the Udell Trailhead.  The trail from Udell Trailhead to Freesoil Trailhead traverses the Udell Hills.  After the trail crosses the Little Manistee River, the terrain changes form mixed hardwoods to wetlands.  The trail heading north was formerly a narrow gauge railroad that was elevated above the wetlands in the early 1900’s by lumberjacks.  The trail winds through the wetlands and swamp in this section.  However, about 3.5 miles north of the trailhead a boardwalk has been put in through the wetland areas.  Mountain bikes are allowed going both north and south from this trailhead.

Going north from Freesoil Trailhead –

  • Freesoil Trailhead to 3-Mile Rd. – Easy
  • 3-Mile Rd. to Udell Trailhead – Intermediate

Going South – Heading south will take you to the Timber Creek Trailhead.  The trail from Freesoil Trailhead to Timber Creek passes through Ward Hills, past McCarthy Lake and through very steeply hilled terrain.  The portion of trail running from Timber Creek Trailhead to the Manistee River is the most advanced riding on this portion of the trail for mountain bikes.

Going south from Freesoil Trailhead –

  • Freesoil Trailhead to Timber Creek Trailhead – Intermediate