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Pinney Bridge State Forest Campground

Phone number indicated above is for the Management Unit. Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. Enjoy the quiet, rustic setting along the Jordan River, Michigans first designated Wild and Scenic River. Pinney Bridge offers 15 tent sites accessible by hiking only. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump.
Main Number: (231) 582-7523
LAT 45.016656044000001 LONG -85.0289541609
County: Antrim
Google Map of Pinney Bridge State Forest Campground
Driving Directions: Antrim County - 5.5 miles NW of Alba via 620 and Cascade Road
  • Recreational Pass Not Required
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Categorized as: State Forest Campground
  • Total Number of Sites: 15
Offering: RUSTIC

Facilities at Pinney Bridge State Forest Campground

Rustic Site:
Walk-in camping sites: 15 walk in sites (out of a total of 15 sites)

Activities at Pinney Bridge State Forest Campground

Off-Road Vehicle Trails/Routes: The Meadows (7 miles SE): 40 miles of cycle/ATV trail connection to Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail.
Paddling: Canoeing opportunities on the Jordan River. Closest canoe rental in Mancelona or East Jordan.
Fishing: Jordan River (adjacent to campground): Brown/Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, and Salmon.
Cedar River (6 miles SW): Brook/Brown/Rainbow Trout.
Designated Watchable Wildlife Site: Wetland wildlife throughout the Jordan River Valley such as beaver, raccoon, frogs, turtles, herons, and waterfowl.
Hiking: Jordan Valley (on site): 18 miles of hilly terrain. Part of the North Country Trail. Hike and camp. Closed to bicycling due to erosion and safety concerns.
The North Country Trail runs through this campground: This National Scenic Trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes over 1500 miles in Michigan. See

Trails at Pinney Bridge State Forest Campground

Phone: (989) 732-3541
Directions: 8 miles N of Alba via US-131 & Dead Mans Hill Rd
Not ADA accessible
18 miles, hike, camp, no biking

Portion of Jordan Valley Pathway temporarily rerouted for repairs

October 22, 2013

The Department of Natural Resources announced today that a segment of the Jordan Valley Pathway and North Country Scenic Trail has been rerouted around a bridge and a wet area west of Deadmans Hill in Antrim County.

Staff has been monitoring a footbridge that sustained damage to the stringers this summer. Observations this week noted that the center span had collapsed, making the bridge dangerous to cross. This damaged bridge, along with approximately 100 feet of the adjacent pathway, is underwater due to recent rains and beaver activity in the area. The pathway is now being rerouted onto an old logging trail until permanent repairs to the original pathway can be completed.

The reroute has been marked with blue triangles and other informative signage on the ground, and the original path markers have been removed to reduce confusion on the trail and facilitate continued connection across the loops. The reroute results in approximately one-half mile of net trail loss for the interim, but should provide a much more pleasant experience for hikers and cyclists on this popular forest trail.

Questions concerning the temporary reroute of the Jordan Valley Pathway/North Country Scenic Trail may be directed to Tom Copenhaver, Young State Park supervisor, at 231-582-9151 or to the Gaylord DNR Operations Service Center at 989-732-3541.

Managed by: Gaylord Operations Service Center
Recreation Passport Required

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