Upper River Road

Total Miles


246.75 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Upper River Road travels north and south through Manistee National Forest alongside the Manistee River. On the south side of the trail, there is a trailhead parking for the nearby hiking trails. On the north side, there is a spot to stop and look at Hodenpyl Dam. Upper River Rd has elevation changes and long expansive views of the forest and of the river. This road gives some amazing elevation changes that can be more difficult to find in Michigan. The Road is mostly two vehicles wide with a few spots to pull off and get a nice view of the river. The road is very well-graded. There are dispersed camping spots along the road. The area is busy with hikers and people using it to access the river so spots fill up fast.


The trail is mostly two vehicles wide with nice sweeping corners and gentle grades through the woods.


Hodenpyl Dam was named after Anton G. Hodenpyl, one of the founders of what was then Consumers Power. It produces up to 17,000 kilowatts (about 48 million kilowatt-hours per year), enough electricity to serve the annual power needs of 5,000 Michigan households.

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Status Reports

Ian Knott
Oct 14, 2023
Matthew Rosbrugh
Oct 12, 2023
Downed Tree

Access Description

From the south, you can access the trail from North Coates Highway and from Blueberry Lane on the north side.

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