June 1, 2016
The North Country Trail between Dilling Road and Beers Road is open to bikes, and it's a blast to ride! As it's a hiking and biking trail, you'll likely encounter foot traffic, especially on weekends, so be careful when coming around blind corners and blasting long downhills.
The trail itself is not very tight or twisty, and the track is generally a bit wider than bike-specific singletrack, although there are very few sections of true two-track. But what the trail lacks in true technical challenge it makes up for in terrain variety. There are few level sections on the trail, and the climbs and downhills are usually long and at a moderate grade. The speed gained from flying down a hill can usually be carried into the ensuing climb, and the thin understory of the mature forest allows for riders to easily scan for what lies ahead. Those used to the lesser relief of the southern areas of the Lower Peninsula will definitely have their fitness tested on the NCT, but I'd venture to say I haven't been on a trail in the LP that's more fun than this section.