Hoeft State Park – Bike Trail and Rogers City

Jul/10/2011 11 Malia Lane
Michigan, State Parks

One of the really neat things about P.H. Hoeft State Park is that it has a 10 mile paved bike trail named Huron Sunrise Trail.

Really great because it runs beside the road (US-23 Heritage Route), but is not actually attached to it so you don’t have to worry about dodging cars.  It runs from the park in both directions.

Rogers City is to the south about 4.5 miles away, where the trail currently ends at the harbor.  In the other direction is 40-Mile Point Lighthouse Park, about 3 miles to the north.

I heard they’re talking about extending this trail all the way to Mackinac City to the north, about 50 miles away.  Now that would be a ride!


I hit the trail on a day right after a brief rain spell and and everything looked even greener, bluer and happier than usual!

I saw these people while I was riding on the bike path. On the beach, walking their dog, flying a kite behind them. The sweet life for sure!

Rogers City is a cute little town with a few shops and restaurants, but the thing I enjoyed the most was the Lakeside Park.

Volleyball on the beach with a nice little boardwalk to stroll along…

The Harbor is to the left and I read that the reason that Lake Huron water is so clean is that nearby is the world’s largest limestone quarry.  Since limestone naturally cleans water, Lake Huron benefits from this.  The quarry is still in operation but visitors haven’t been allowed to tour here since 9-11 due to security concerns.

On the grounds of Lakeside Park, The Pavilion had some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had.  My bike trip and the day at Rogers City was a great day all the way around, that’s for sure!

  • Glenda Alexander

    What a nice park — with interesting and enjoyable things to see and do on each end of the trail.  

    • I know – and you haven’t seen the campground yet – it’s like an enchanted forest it’s so heavily treed!

      I was thinking about you today, Glenda.  I went to that 40 Mile Lighthouse and it was soooo interesting.  Wait till you see that – with the way you love lighthouses, you’ll drool!  🙂

      • Glenda Alexander

        You’re torturing me.  :>)

  • Megan

    It’s Megan, from Harrisville State Park (helped you to your site, 125) I pratically grew up in Rogers City, if you have a chance definitely go to Karstens, amazing food. My grandparents live there, and if you have time and want to venture into farm country go to Heythaler Hwy. My grandpa sells hand crafted bowls, and I’m sure he’d love to tell you all about them. 🙂

    • Hi Megan – good to hear from you – I remember especially being glad to see you when you helped me at Harrisville!  🙂

      Unfortunately, I never made it to Karstens, although my neighbors at Hoeft told me about it, also.  I had just stocked up with food at WalMart in Alpena, so I didn’t eat out a lot while I was at Hoeft…

      I arrived at Straits State Park yesterday, but thanks for the comment and keep any suggestions coming about anything else you see upcoming on my schedule.  Thanks, Megan!

  • Karen

    We spent last week at Hoeft State Park with 2 of our grown children and their kids.  We had a GREAT time, and the cousins loved being there together!  The beach was perfect, one day with exciting waves for their boogey boards, one day calm and peaceful for rock hunting and swimming==although the water was cold! We had sites 79 and 80, with two tent pads and a motorhome set up.  We cooked everything over the open fire, except the cake and ice cream for the 9 year birthday party for a grandson.  We traveled to hit the trail at Oqueoc to see the falls and pools, and a cool water snake, and hiked the Silver Creek trail for a few miles.  Back at the campground we went with Beckey to view the Merlins nesting near the pavillion, and also examined owl pellets! Very interesting info on raptors. Most of us took the bike trail and had ice cream at the marina.  We had to remember to put all food away when not right at the tables as we were invading the space of several field mice and black squirrels.  Had one day and night of rain, but fair weather the rest of the week! It did crowd up near the weekend before the festival week.  Nice park!

    • Hey Karen,

      Thanks SO much for sharing your family’s experience at Hoeft – sounds like you all had a complete blast!  I’m glad to hear the falls are open now because I missed that when I was there.

      And isn’t Beckey just great? I’m sure your kids enjoyed her – this kid sure did – LOL – because she seemed to have a way of explaing things great to them and sharing her own fun and excitement.

      Next time you go, ask to meet Blake, the Park Supervisor.  He’s a real guy and loves to share “his” park.  And give him and the rest of the great staff there my regards!

      And please continue to share anything on MI state parks and your experiences there – love this kind of feedback!

  • It’s a shame you didn’t stay longer at Tawas if you are looking for a beach experience. My favorite beach on the Sunrise Side!

    • Yeah, Tawas was one of my shorter stays because of their availability at the time.  I certainly haven’t lacked for beautiful beach experiences since then, though.  But I sure appreciate your sharing your favorite – thanks, Virginia!

  • kramsey

    We’ll be staying at Hoeft this July, and Union Bay in the Porkies in August. I have found your articles so, so helpful. We travel to a lot of different campgrounds throughout our gorgeous state of Michigan. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to bump into you one of these times! 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment here and on Michigan Miles – I love hearing that you find what I do helpful! As you can tell, I loved my summer in Michigan and fully intend to return at some point – really do hope we meet up sometime – that would be great!