Hiking in Pure Michigan

Embark on an outdoor adventure this summer by means of Michigan’s hiking trails.  With a variety of trails to choose from, hikers can trek through forests, hike along the shores of the Great Lakes, explore Michigan’s sand dunes, and even travel down into urban canyons. 

Michigan’s trail network includes more than 600 trails throughout its upper and lower peninsulas.  Here are just a few of Michigan’s many hiking trails to explore this summer.

Bay de Noc-Grand Island Trail
Take on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and hike the Bay de Noc-Grand Island trail. Stretching over 40-miles, this trail overlooks the Whitefish River basin and follows the ancient portage route of the Chippewa Indians.

Leelanau Trail
For a trail that features nature’s variety, visit Leelanau Trail. This trail connects Traverse City and Suttons Bay and includes rolling hills, lush forests, peaceful meadows, and a variety of water types. The Leelanau Trail ranges 15 miles and is part of a network of four trails located in the Grand Traverse and Leelanau County.

Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore
Enjoy the “The Most Beautiful Place in America” and hike through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.  This park includes 35 miles of shoreline including Lake Michigan’s eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands.  Forests, beaches, dune formations and ancient glacial phenomena can all be found here, as well as cultural features such as an 1871 lighthouse.

Wagner Falls Scenic Site
Discover the beauty of a scenic waterfall while hiking through Wagner Falls Scenic Site. This Munising destination includes a half-mile trail with an observation deck overlooking the falls. Hike about the virgin pine and hemlock trees and watch Wagner Creek flow into a shallow gorge containing the Anna River.

Warren Woods Forest Preserve
For a more rustic trail, hike Warren Woods Forest Preserve. Open from dawn to dusk, Warren Woods Forest Preserve is a first growth forest with trails that follow the Galien River. Visitors will find abundant wildflowers, a mature beach and maple trees.

Where do you like to hike in Michigan? Share with us below!

  • Corrina Van Hamlin

    The hike to Chapel Rock and around to Mosquito Beach in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is spectacular. Woods, waterfalls, rock formations, caves, arches, and a craggy “painted” coastline along an often aqua Lake Superior make this 10 mile loop one of my favorites! Worth the view from a kayak as well – don’t miss Battleship Row!

  • http://MiFarmMarket.com Scotty

    Don’t forget there are over 50 miles of trails on Mackinac Island, most easy to moderate. Heads up though, poison Ivy is everywhere, so I suggest wearing long pants and closed-toe shoes when you go!

  • Michelle

    You can’t talk about trails in Michigan and not talk about the North Country Trail!

  • Becky H

    My husband and I are senior citizens and plan to visit the U.P. every year because we fell in love with it while passing through the past 3 summers. Could someone steer us to short (not anything near 10 miles!) easy trails? Ideally they would not be too far from motels where we would be staying.

  • Colleen A

    @Becky H
    There are quite a few shorter trails in the Munising area, many which lead to waterfalls, as well as a marsh trail where, if you’re lucky, you might see some wildlife. My husband and I visit the area at least once a year and these hikes never get old- it is absolutely gorgeous up there!
    There are several visitors centers there which can help you with where to go. :)

  • RoseAnnWoodallDavis

    The North Country National Scenic Trail has 750 completed trail going through the state of Michigan (and 1150 planned in total).  How could this not be mentioned here?    Check out http://northcountrytrail.org/trail/states/michigan/ for more information and “Explore By Section” for more detailed info.