ATV rides, history and more at Oct. 10 Haywire Grade anniversary kickoff

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a view of the Haywire Grade trail, with a closeup of partner agency logos on a trail post

Celebrate the pioneering Haywire Grade Oct. 10 in Manistique

Fans of the Haywire Grade – Michigan's first rail-trail – are invited to join state and local officials Thursday, Oct. 10, for the kickoff of a yearlong celebration of this 32-mile trail that stretches from Shingleton to Manistique.

  • Free ATV rides are available throughout the day. Those interested should RSVP to Dennis Serra at
  • The evening program starts at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of Manistique High School (100 N. Cedar St.), with presentations on the Haywire's significance and history. Questions? Contact Daniel Spegel, Michigan's Heritage Trail coordinator, 517-420-6029.

Established in 1970 as a seasonal snowmobile trail, the Haywire Grade runs along the old Manistique & Lake Superior Railroad and has since been reclassified as a year-round, multiuse trail – the first in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

Several 50th anniversary events are planned along the Haywire Grade next year: A snowmobile event (Feb. 29), a horseback-riding event (June 6), a bicycle event (Aug. 22) and an ATV/ORV event (Oct. 3). 

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