Motorcycle Ride Guide – Cadillac to Charlevoix / Tunnel of Trees
CHARLEVOIX/ TUNNEL OF TREES: If an all-day motorcycle adventure is what you’re looking for, this trip will deliver. Along the way you will discover many of northern Michigan’s greatest treasures. You will ride along the shores of Lake Charlevoix, recently voted as Michigan’s “Most Beautiful Lake”, through the “Tunnel of Trees” on a National Heritage Route and stop for lunch at a Historic Landmark restaurant, The Legs Inn in the tranquil little village of Cross Village.
DIRECTIONS: Your adventure begins by heading north out of Cadillac on US-131. Aer arriving in the sleepy little town of Mancelona you will continue north on M-66 until you come into Ironton. Here you have a choice to make. Either continue on M-66 into Charlevoix and pickup US-31 or you can take the Ironton Ferry across Lake Charlevoix and catch US-31 on the other side. We recommend the ferry. is is an adventure after all!
Whichever way you choose, once you nd your way onto US-31, heading north will bring you into the harbor town of Petoskey on Little Traverse Bay. Just outside of Petoskey you will take M-119 west into Harbor Springs. Plan on spending some time shopping in this amazing little town on the bay. Artists and antiques are everywhere. M-119 turns to the north out of Harbor Springs and delivers you into the Tunnel of Trees. is narrow, winding road twists its way along the lakeshore at times hundreds of feet above the lake. It is an amazing 20 miles.
Coming out of the tunnel, you will nd yourself at the historic Legs Inn. Lunch here is a must. Authentic Polish cuisine is on the menu and the deck affords a view you won’t soon forget. Once your lunch is settled, head out of town on County Road C66 to the town of Levering. Here you will once again catch US-31 and turn south to head back to Cadillac for dinner.