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Michigan Trails

Michigan Outdoor Trails

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With thousands of miles of hiking, biking, kayaking and snowmobiling trails. Plus, an extensive network of equestrian and ORV riding 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, then move on the the countless "out-and-backs" that dot the state. You'll soon see that Michigan has plenty of places to hike, whether it's backpacking trails, causual 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 adventure in Pure Michigan?
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Distance: 5.19 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Beginning at the Overlook Shelter and circling the McGinnis Lake Campground, the Wilderness Trail is a 6.4-mile, beautiful hiking and mountain biking trail. The trail features a variety of terrain, including rolling woodlands, pine forest, wetlands, ponds and prairies. This is an easy to moderate...
Distance: 1.61 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Ski
This short, 0.25-mile interpretive trail is located in the Holly Recreation Area. The trail includes interpretive signing that highlights some of the natural and historical features of the surrounding area. The trail is short and the terrain is relatively moderate through wetlands, hardwood hills...
Distance: 1.98 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
The Deer Yard Trail, located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula, is one of several trails that make up the mountain biking and cross-country ski trail system in the park. The Deer Yard Trail is north of M-107 and passes by the Whitetail Cabin and the White Birch...
Distance: 0.84 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
The Superior Loop, located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula, is one of several trails that make up the mountain biking and cross-country ski trail system in the park. The Superior Loop is a short, 1.5-mile loop connected to the Deer Yard Trail. The trail...
Distance: 1.17 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
The Log Camp Trail, located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula, is one of several trails that make up the mountain biking and cross-country ski trail system in the park. The Log Camp Trail connects the River Trail and the Triple Trail and stretches for 3 miles...
MMT - Porcupine - East West Vista
Distance: 1.01 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
These trails follow the Presque Isle River, the largest river in the park. Boardwalk and viewing platforms allow breathtaking views of waterfalls and rapids. For your safety, no swimming or wading is permitted in the Presque Isle River. Be very careful when exploring this area. Take children...
Distance: 0.55 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
The Double Trail, located inside the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, is one of several trails that make up the mountain biking and cross-country skiing trail system in the park. The Double Trail stretches for three miles through the rolling hills of the Porcupine Mountains. The Double...
Distance: 0.75 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
The Triple Trail, located inside the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, is one of several trails that make up the mountain biking and cross-country skiing trail system in the park. The Triple Trail stretches for 3 miles through the rolling hills of the Porcupine Mountains. The Triple Trail...
Distance: 1.79 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
The Nonesuch Trail, located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, is one of several trails that make up the mountain biking and cross-country skiing trail system in the park. The Nonesuch trail stretches for 3 miles through the rolling hills and wilderness of the Porcupine Mountains...
Distance: 1.76 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Algonac State Park is located along the St. Clair River near the U.S. / Canada border. The park offers diverse terrain for hiking along the Savanna Trail. The 2.4-mile loop travels through oak savanna, home to a wide variety of plant life and wildlife. The trail connects to Blazing Star Prairie...
Bald Mountain-South Unit Trails
Distance: 6 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Snowmobile Area, Mountain Biking
Bald Mountain Recreation Area is located on the southeast side of the Lower Peninsula. The park has several trails that make up the South Unit of the park. The Red Loop, totaling approximately 3.4 miles, can be shortened via the Green Trail (0.2-miles), the Blue Trail (0.2 miles) or the Orange...
Bald Mountain-North Unit Trails
Distance: 8.35 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Bald Mountain Recreation Area is located on the southeast side of the Lower Peninsula. The park has several trails that make up the North Unit of the park, totaling 8 miles of trail on both sides of Harmon Road. The White Loop is a 2.1-mile walk past several small lakes near Harmon Road. Follow...

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Michigan's Upper Peninsula | Heart Rate
They say the perfect resting heartbeat is 60 beats per minute – we couldn’t agree more, most of the time.
Isle Royale National Park Experience
Isle Royale National Park is where adventurers will find a unique, remote, wilderness experience. Join a group of three friends as they backpack their way across the island's scenic and rustic trails.
Mountain Biking Trails
Professional MTB trail builder Aaron Rogers has built trails all across the country but he's proud to call Copper Harbor home. Join Aaron and Outdoor Magazine for a tour of Michigan's mountain biking trail systems.
Michigan Trails Week
When it comes to trails, there's no place like Michigan. Trails Week is the perfect time to hit the trails for the first time or try your hand (or feet) at a new trail adventure.
Fat Tire Biker following off road vehicles down trail
North Country Trail
The North Country Trail Association's Andrea Ketchmark, sees hiking trails as an opportunity to get out and connect with nature. Michigan has more miles of the North Country Trail than any other state, join Andrea and Outdoor Magazine for a tour of the NCT.

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Kayaking Water Trails
Sea Kayak Specialist Sam Crowley builds paddling trails to re-establish a connection to water. Join Sam and Outdoor Magazine for a tour of Michigan's water trails on Lake Superior.
 
Open Road
The open road. It takes on many forms, from the scenic highways to the rugged trails. From the sand covered, to the well-traveled. They lead us to the beauty of nature and the beauty of simple pleasures. The open road is alive and well, and waiting to take us to Pure Michigan. 
Experience Michigan Trails
Michigan offers more than 1,300 miles of biking and hiking trails, with trails for every skill level and season. Whether you're trekking the miles of the Upper Peninsula or charting the perfect path to to a Michigan sunset, there is an adventure awaiting for you in Pure Michigan. Check out all the trails Michigan has to offer and begin planning your trip. 
Hike Manistee County
The North Country Trail access points are a great spot for hiking throughout Manistee County.
Hiker overlooking forest and river in summer
Sleeping Bear Dunes
You can hike about 100 miles of designated trails in the Lakeshore. There are thirteen trails on the mainland for hiking.  Think you can hike all the trails in one year? Check out the Trail Trekkers Challenge.
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