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Trek A New Path

Michigan's Trails

Out for adventure.

With thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails—plus an extensive network of snowmobiling and equestrian trails—it's easy to see why Michigan is considered the #1 trail state in the nation.
Tucked among the natural beauty of Michigan is a vast system of trails covering all corners of the state. Start with the Iron Belle, the nation's longest designated state trail, as well as the growing Michigan’s Dragon trail. Then, try some of the countless "out-and-backs" throughout the state. You will soon see that Michigan has plenty of places to hike, whether it's backpacking trails, casual walking trails or running trails that carry you over diverse terrains and through abundant ecosystems. 

Michigan also boasts more than 2,700 miles of rails-to-trails and is home to the International Mountain Biking Association Silver Level Ride Center in Copper Harbor. If that's not enough, Michigan also has 3,000+ miles of water trails for kayaking or canoeing, more than a thousand miles of state-designated equestrian trails, and 3,000+ miles of off-road vehicle trails for you to discover. So the question is, are you ready to go out for an adventure in Pure Michigan?
Pure Michigan Trails

Join us as we hit the trail in our latest episode of Pure Michigan Trails!

Pure Michigan Trails is a video series that explores Michigan's diverse trail network. Each episode navigates a different trail to show the activities and amenities that await.

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Distance: 43.23 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Biking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Snowmobile Area, Cross Country Ski

The trail extends from Frankfort to Mesick along the former Ann Arbor Railroad. Trail users can enjoy views of Betsie Bay, the Betsie River and its surrounding marshlands in Elberta, and Crystal Lake in Beulah. The communities along the trail offer restaurants, ice cream, camping and overnight...

Distance: 4.09 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Biking, Equestrian, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Ski

The 4-mile Blue Trail is open to both horseback and mountain back riders. It's rated moderately difficult. It circles Jackson and Whitford/Lawler lakes and winds past the park's cabins. The trail can be picked up at the Whitford Lake Picnic area or accessed via the Red Trail.


Lake Mary Plains Pathway
Distance: 8.82 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

This pathway winds through the tall pines of Crystal Falls State Forest passing the tranquil waters of Glidden Lake. The pathway provides a prime setting for activities such as hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Along the pathway visitors may see a variety of birds...

Photo Courtesy @terryfarmsphotography
Distance: 9.4 miles
Trail Activities
The Central River Raisin Water Trail transitions from a natural environment with wildlife viewing opportunities west of the city of Monroe to an urban environment within the city. There are several visitor sites along the trail, including the Navarre Anderson Trading Post and Country Store,...
Distance: 7.22 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Biking, Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Distance: 3.62 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Many hikers come to Tahquamenon to tackle the infamous trail between the falls. This four-mile linear trail is rated difficult due to exposed roots, hilly terrain, and numerous staircases, but ranks as the most scenic trail in the park. A privately-operated shuttle is available Memorial Day to...
Waterloo-DTE Energy Foundation Trail
Distance: 3.56 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

The DTE Energy Foundation Trail is a single-track, cutting-edge and sustainable trail located in southeast Michigan designed for mountain biking; however, running, hiking and cross-country skiing are allowed as well. Known as a "flow trail,” the surface of the trail is mechanically cut to create...

Towerman’s Watch Pathway
Distance: 3.84 miles
Trail Activities

A new pathway in the Pigeon River Country State Forest, the Towerman’s Watch Pathway begins at the Pigeon River Country Headquarters. This 3 mile route is comprised of two loops and takes you through majestic pines and offers views of the Pigeon River. Visitors pass by the Witness Tree which was...

Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail photo
Trail Activities
Biking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Michigan's Iron Belle Trail starts (going East) and ends (going West) in Downtown Ironwood at beautiful Depot Park! Enjoy hiking and biking along the miles of trail that run from Ironwood to Bessemer. And, while you are enjoying “mile 0” of the trail, stop into the historic Ironwood Depot Museum or...

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