Get outdoors, get active – and get Great.
With more than 19 million acres of forests, 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams you are never far from an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in Michigan. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, hunting and camping are just a few of the ways to experience nature’s bounty in the state.
Start with our parks and trails – we are home to seven national parks, heritage areas and trails; three national forests, 103 state parks and recreation areas and countless other nature preserves and trails all offering a peaceful respite from life’s hectic pace. Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail offers the longest designated state trail in the nation, starting in Belle Isle in Detroit and extending to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. With 1,300 designated biking trails anything from a leisurely trail ride to some of the best mountain biking action across the globe can be accomplished in Michigan.
The nation’s longest freshwater coastline means a stroll along sandy beaches can extend for hundreds of miles and a boating adventure can include ports of call in quaint waterfront communities and vibrant cities. You will be talking about your favorite water sport – sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding –long after you’ve returned to the dock. Michigan also offers one of the world’s best freshwater fisheries with trout, walleye, bass and salmon popular with anglers. And the thrill of the hunt can be found in Pure Michigan, where thousands of acres of prime hunting grounds put hunters’ skills to the test.