How To Get Here
Grayling is situated on I-75, just north of where US-127 merges into I-75. Exits 254, 256, 259 on I-75. Centrally located around Northern Michigan destinations:
- 203 miles north of Ann Arbor
- 202 miles north of Auburn Hills
- 146 miles north of Lansing
- 153 miles north of Grand Rapids
- 84 miles to Mackinaw City
- 51 miles to Traverse City
- 66 miles to Petoskey
Old U.S. 27 was designated as a Heritage Route in 2010, the first step in including the old road in the National Scenic Byways program.
The old road was first designated as U.S. 27 in 1926. At its longest, U.S. 27 stretched from St. Ignace to Miami. The expressway from Lansing to Grayling was called U.S. 27 until 2001, when it was renamed U.S. 127.
Cross Country Riding Hiking Trail
Find Grayling on your horse! We're situated on the Cross-Country Riding Hiking Trail, which stretches 220 miles from Empire to Oscoda, and also north almost to Mackinaw.
Grayling is situated on the Iron Belle trail, a bicycle trail stretching from Belle Isle in Detroit to the western end of the Upper Penninsula. The ~100 mile portion from the Grayling Bicycle Turnpike north to Cheboygan and Mackinaw City is mostly complete, and almost all on bike paths separate from the road.
The Grayling area has a long history of settlements, originating in its unique location between the headwaters of the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers. Here you'll find one of the shortest portages between eastbound and westbound canoe traffic, allowing travel by canoe between central Lake Michigan (at Manistee) and central Lake Huron (at Oscoda).
It's a long canoe trip, so consider a rest stop in Grayling on your way across Michigan by canoe. You'll find several canoe liveries here that can help with the 10 mile portage between rivers.