A lot of folks are unaware that snowmobiling is permitted on the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Thompsonville. The Benzie-Manistee Snowbirds act as stewards of this section of the trail during the winter. The club is also a sponsor of the BVT and we thank them for their support!

Snowbirds crews have already been busy brushing and signing the trail. When snow conditions allow, Snowbirds will began almost nightly trail grooming. “Trail 395” a shared trail segment with snowmobilers and fat tire bikers and is a well-traveled route for winter recreation for local’s and tourist access alike.

The trailhead in Beulah leads to the larger trail system trail #3 with the connectors in Thompsonville that branch out many directions, including:

Trails, #37 East to Copemish, Mesick and Cadillac system

Trail #39 Scenic route along the Betsie River and Turtle Lake

Trail #391 into Crystal Mountain 

Trail #3 South to Kaleva, Brethren, and on to South Michigan trails.

So however adventurous you are, there are short loops for the family or long routes for the fanatic trail riders — there is much to offer in our winter wonderland! Many places to stop enjoy the views, get a bite to eat warm up and support our many rural businesses.

When trails have an adequate snow base, the Snowbirds urge all to ride safe and respect the trail signs and private lands adjoining the trails. Ride in control and know where you go!

Information about the Benzie-Manistee Snowbirds

Clubhouse open house Saturdays in season 10am – 3pm, Coffee Hot Chocolate and snacks, Just off Trail #3. Meetings open to the public, 7pm, 1st Wednesday of the month: 14121 Industrial Drive, Kaleva, MI 49645  Questions can be directed to Snowbirds President, Mark Coe via email: mark@mifarmtofreezer.com