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AuSable River Trail is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Grayling, Michigan that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 88 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Running

Forest

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Andres Zelaya
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Bill Allegrezza
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Hiking

Nice trail though it was muddy next to the river. Pine and hemlock forests were nice. I expected it to follow the river more, but it crosses it twice.

Nichole T.
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HikingBugsMuddy

Enjoyed walking over the river bridges 2x and through the valleys of huge pine trees but the trail was pretty muddy in spots so I was glad to be wearing my Keen sandals. Took just over an hour for the full 3 mile loop.

W Raymond
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HikingBugsMuddy

This was a pleasant hike on June 6 but it was not very interesting. There is a hill in the middle but there is no view from the top. There are two tiny bridges across the East Branch of the Au Sable River and those areas are quite beautiful. Today there were lots of lady slippers and other pretty wild flowers blooming. There is an interesting portion of the trail that is made out of logs and it is very effective for crossing over the worst of the boggy areas. Sunlight pouring through the jack pines is always magical and there are a few older tree groves here.

Cody Staup
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HikingBugsMuddy

I really enjoyed this short hike. It might be one of the best 3 mile hikes in the state. The back portion of the trail near the river was a bit muddy and there was a lot of mosquitoes so bring bug spray to enjoy the views with out being eaten up.

Richard Mahoney
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Hiking

Beautiful walk! some muddy spot near the river, no big deal. Well worth the trip!

Isabella Mills
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Amber Simon
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Daniel Van Der Woude
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Hiking

Hiked on a gorgeous May 1 morning. A wonderful peaceful experience with such beautiful nature. Great hike!

Frances Nicholson
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Jean Gauthier
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Brooke Carroll
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Colby Sharp
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HikingIcySnow

Gorgeous in the winter! Feels like you are inside a Christmas movie.

Paul McAllister
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Hiking

Pretty easy trail. Icy and frozen mud in spots, and it was a warm day so I felt like I was going to fall through into a deep puddle unexpectedly. But overall a good hike.

Heather Ramacker
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Dan Ward
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Emily Bingham
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful hike! Not complicated or strenuous, and well marked. Wear muck-proof boots if there’s been recent heavy rain or you’re in spring snowmelt season. I enjoy the varied types of forest this winds through: stands of old-growth white pine, mossy cedar groves, beech-maple woods. Absolutely worth a stop.

Molly Lewis
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HikingMuddy

this is a great trail for hiking. well marked and very easy. at one point it splits and there is a steep climb or a easy route. my dog and I had a great time. can be a little muddy near the river.

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Heather Wilson
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Brandon J
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HikingBugsMuddy

Very well marked. Multiple loops. The only real elevation change was optional. It was a really nice, easy stroll. There was a stretch of about 100 yards that was pretty sloppy, but we had just gotten four days of rain in this area.

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