Northern Michigan

Michigan DNR Trail System

Northern Michigan has become a true “trail destination” with more than 5,300 miles of multi-use trails. Whether it’s hiking, bicycling, snowmobiling, or more, the Northern Michigan trail system connects its users to communities across the region and thousands of points of interest along the way.

With an extensive network of intersecting trails and a variety of users, there was a need to develop uniformity among state-level trail signage. The local DNR and its trail affiliates teamed with Corbin Design to create a “trail town” wayfinding program to implement throughout northern Michigan. The “trail town” wayfinding system aims to provide users with an exceptional trail experience while connecting them to the nearby communities. The new system replaces an outdated design with a more modern, contemporary look using locally sourced and cut black locust wood. Through its angled posts and unique shape, the system carries the same look and feel amongst the sign family while allowing communities the opportunity to customize and update unique elements independently. For example, map and interpretive panels, trail sponsor icons, community destinations, and local regulations.