South of Shingleton in the Hiawatha National Forest, the Coal Wood Trail is a 14 mile route along an old railroad grade through northern hardwood and red pine stands. The route is marked and easy to follow. It runs between Hwy M-94 East and Hwy M-94 West.
The Coalwood Trail begins on M-94 south of Shingleton and ends at Stillman. Covering 14 miles of hard packed surface, segments of the trail are open to different users, including ORVs, mountain bikers, and pedestrians.
East Trailhead: Located just south of Shingleton, a sign marks the eastern trailhead on the west side of M-94. There is no parking at the trailhead, but spaces may be available at or near one of the business on M-28 in Shingleton.
West Trailhead: The Stillman trailhead is located on the west side of M-94 West, about 6 miles from the M-28/M-94 intersection. Limited parking is available along the Stillman Road. This trailhead also serves the Haywire Grade Motorized Trail.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding on Forest Service roads is permitted on routes with vertical number signs, unless it is marked closed to ATV. On Forest Service roads with horizontal number signs, ATV riding is not permitted unless the road is marked open to ATV.
Overall, Coal Wood Trail is the 16th most popular ATV riding trail of all 54 ATV trails in Michigan.