In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Grayling MI, Crawford County

What's Here:
1 Depot
2 Neat Old Country Store

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 989
ZIP: 49738, 49739

Access by train/transit:


The Scoop:

Grayling is about 180 miles NW of Detroit.

Grayling lies on a Lake State Rwy line that comes out of Bay City MI (about 87 miles SE), and ends up in Gaylord MI, about 25 miles to the north.
I do not know how often you will see a train passing thru here.
The line is a former New York Central line, but do not know when the Penn Central or Conrail sold it off the books.

Most people wouldn't know about Grayling if you're whizzing by on I-75.  But if you're headed to Traverse City, you need to pass through Graying.  Good time for a rest stop anyways :-).

Also take the time to stop in if you are going to Traverse City, don't forget to stop in Kalkaska and check out the depot and ole style country store there.

Denver Todd
Google Maps
Bing Maps
Open Street Map

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None for now.....

Getting Here

If you're on the east side of the state, such as Detroit, Ann Arbor, or the U.P., it's a piece of cake.  Just come up I-75, and jump off at the Grayling exit, exit 254, or, 256 or 259 if you're coming from north of here.

From anywhere else, check a map or use your GPS.

The map below in the map section is my map for Traverse City, but shows you (kinda) where Grayling is in relation to TC.

U.P. is not the UP RR, it stands for Upper Peninsula.



Click here for the map in PDF format


The Grayling Depot




    Sign visible in the picture below "end of circuit".

    Looking west.

    Looking east.

      The grade crossing adjacent to the depot.


Historical USGS Maps

Courtesy USGS, click here for their index page.


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