“What makes Drummond Island the ORV paradise of Michigan? Is it the miles of routes and trails resting beneath the tree canopy? Is it the scenic view of wildlife? The variety of trails and routes suitable for experts and novices alike? The easily accessed food, lodging, entertainment, service, or emergency aid? The clear signage indicating location, destination, and points of interest? Well yes it is, but all of the items above make it a really good trail system, what makes it great is the ‘secret sauce.’
There you have it; that is what sets Drummond Island apart. It’s a riding adventure and the trails are fun. The off road vehicle (ORV) trails on Drummond are some of the most scenic and rugged in Michigan. Drummond’s DNR sponsored trail system is the largest closed loop ORV system in the state. With over 60 miles of ATV trails and 40 miles of ORV routes there’s a lot to explore!
Also many non-riding outdoor enthusiasts have found the ATV trails great for hiking into the Island’s interior to explore or take photographs. Riding on the ATV and ORV routes is becoming popular in the winter too, but only on state land. Snowmobile trails crossing private property are not legal to ORVs.
If challenging trails set deep into the woods can be considered a treasure, then Drummond Island has the mother lode. Drummond’s trails lend themselves to long extended trail rides where you’ll want to take water, food, first aid, and tools in addition to extra clothing. With the rugged nature of Drummond’s ATV trails, 4x4 utility ATVs are preferred. Even though utility style quads and 4x4s lend themselves more to the kind of ride Drummond has to offer, side-by-sides have ample trails to explore on the ORV routes.
Stock full sized ORVs and 4x4s can certainly handle most of the island’s full size routes, but it is highly recommended that they be equipped with skid plates because the bottom side of any full sized ORV is going to find itself “making contact” with Drummond along the way. Tow hooks are a great idea; lockers or limited slip differentials definitely help, but are not absolutely necessary. The key is vehicle ground clearance and being 4x4 capable. This is one place where you will get your money’s worth from an aftermarket suspension lift and or tire upgrade!
Drummond’s trail system is no place for high rates of speed. Please be smart and ride safely.
We look forward to seeing you on some of Drummond’s trails soon. And don’t forget - always “Tread Lightly!”
The Steps at Marble Head
Leading into Marble Head, these rock shelves guard the approach to the over look viewing the False Detour Channel and Cockburn Island, ON., Canada.
Glen Cove Beach
The Glen Cove parking lot is a good place to leave your car if you are planning to hike the well marked trail to the Marble Head.
(Note: It is a six mile hike round trip).
The beach is about 2 miles in length and has a rolling hills feeling, like sand dunes made up of small pure white rounded shale stones. It's a favorite place to picnic, walk the beach and skip stones.
(Note: Swimming is very dangerous here.
Additional Trails to Explore