Near Gaylord in the Pigeon River Country State Forest, the High Country Pathway is a 70 mile extending eastward from the heart of the Pigeon River Country in Otsego County into the Atlanta State Forest in Montmorency County and northwards up into southwest Presque Isle County and southern Cheboygan County. The boggy Pigeon River Country State Forest, with its maple, beech and aspen forest, is a perfet home to the almost 1000 Rocky Mountain Elk.
One of the nicest sections is a 30 as a point to point hike from Dog Lake south to Town Corner Lake Campground.
To reach the trailhead from US75, use Exit 301 at Wolverine. Head east on Afton Road (aka Webb Road). Turn left onto Asmum Road heading north for 2.5 miles. Turn east onto Duby Lake Road for 0.5 miles to the Dog Lake trailhead.
The 25 page Field Guide to the High Country Pathway (published by the Pigeon River Country Association) is an excellent resource.
Overall, High Country Pathway is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 32 hikes in Michigan.