Among all of the cycling friendly trails in Michigan, do any of them offer the opportunity for rustic or dispersed camping? Preferably, every 20 to 40 miles or so.

  • This question belongs on Outdoors.SE most likely -- its more of a camping question than a bicycle question.
    – Batman
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 11:38
  • What exactly is rustic or dispersed camping?
    – user2766
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 16:31
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    @Liam "rustic" and "primitive" are typically used for campsites without running water and electricity. "Dispersed" or "backcountry" camping means you can camp anywhere (in accordance with any local regulations, favoring spots with existing fire rings, etc.)
    – user812786
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 17:10
  • I can only offer one small bit: vbco.org/trail_camping.asp. A couple campgrounds along the western section of the Kal-Haven. Sounds like these are a bit "developed" for your taste though.
    – cobaltduck
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 19:35
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    thanks for clarifying @whrrgarbl. These are not common terms where I come from (the UK)
    – user2766
    Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 9:00

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In the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan), there are several long gravel trails (primarily ATV/snowmobile, but also allow cycling) that pass through Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forests, both of which allow dispersed camping.


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