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Benzie County Snowmobiling

Benzie County in the winter is a snowmobiler’s paradise with 135 miles of groomed trails through scenic and challenging terrain. Trails are marked well with signage and maps can be obtained along the way.

Benzie County has two groomed trail areas for sled riders. The Platte River Trail can be picked up just east of Honor. Places that can be reached on the Platte River Trail are Empire and Maple City, both in Leelanau County. To the south, the trail crosses U.S. 31 just east of Thompsonville Rd.

The Betsie River Trail begins in Beulah. Parts of the trail are the old railroad bed that is now Betsie Valley Trail for Hiking and Biking during other seasons. The Betsie River Snowmobile Trail goes to Thompsonville. It also contains a sizeable loop that connects with Platte River Trail and will take you into Manistee County south of Thompsonville where you can reach Kaleva, Bear Lake or eventually Manistee.

Trail Permits are required to ride and they can be purchased through the designated vendors below. You can always pick up a trail map at one of the stopping points along the trails. Enjoy your ride in Benzie and be safe!

SNOWMOBILE LODGING PACKAGES

Snowmobiling at Crystal Mountain
Snowmobiling at Crystal Mountain ResortCrystal Mountain is surrounded by miles of northern Michigan snowmobile trails. We’ve partnered with Crystal Adventures, located on M-115 just two miles away in Thompsonville, to provide all your snowmobile needs. Snowmobilers who are houseguests of Crystal Mountain have direct access to Michigan DNR Trail 391, which leads to a groomed network [...] more...

Honor Motel – Snowmobile from our Door to the Trail
Honor MotelThe Honor Motel offers convenient access to snowmobile trails with no need to trailer your equipment. Park your car and trailer on our property and ride your snowmobile to the trail right from your motel room door. View video of the trails below. Click on this link Yahoo local map and see just how close and [...] more...

Lake ‘N Pines Lodge – Sled -N- Treads Package
Located near the border of Benzie County with some of the best snowmobiling trails, restaurants and scenery in the state. We offer a unique opportunity to not only take to the trails but enjoy special amenities to make this your best winter getaway ever. Only 15 minutes from Downtown Traverse City! Our Sled -N- Treads package [...] more...

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