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Michigan's Trails

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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?
Michigan Trail Finder
Select a Michigan region below to discover your trail adventure.
photo courtesy @karthikeyan_petchi
Distance: 16.81 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
The Yankee Springs Recreation Area, near Hastings, offers several trails for a variety of activities. Their equestrian trail system is quite extensive as it is made up of 3 different loops, varying in length. 4-mile, 6-mile and 9-mile loops are available, making it a great place for all levels of...
Distance: 2.61 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
The Cedar Creek Trail is located in Highland Recreation Aea in southeast Michigan. The trail is 2.75 miles long and winds past the Cedar Creek and the Haven Hill lake. The terrain on the trail is relatively moderate and features forests, marshes and wetland areas. The trailhead can be found at the...
Bass River Recreation Area
Distance: 3.77 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
The Bass River Recreation Area is located near Grand Haven, Michigan near the Grand River. The multi-use, 3.9-mile trail located in the park allows for hiking, trail running, nature viewing, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail winds through deep forested land and consists of open...
William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail SP
Distance: 22.7 miles
Trail Activities
Biking, Equestrian, Hiking, Snowmobile Area, Cross Country Ski

The William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park runs for 22 miles through the forest and hills from Hart to Montague. William Field turned the old, dismantled railroad in the 1980s into what is now a recreational trail. A trail rich in history, winds through farms, orchards and forests...

Port Crescent - Dunes Nature Trail
Distance: 0.47 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
The 0.75-mile trail is located on the west side of the day-use parking area in Port Crescent State Park along the coast of the Saginaw Bay. The trail was once a fitness trail in the 1970s, but now there are interpretive stops along the trail that feature information on the area's unique dune...
Snowmobile North Central State Trail
Distance: 75.07 miles
Trail Activities
Biking, Equestrian, Hiking, Snowmobile Area

The North Central State Trail extends for 62 miles and connects Gaylord to Mackinaw City, Michigan. The trail is primarily made up of crushed limestone and asphalt and allows for hiking, biking and horseback riding year-round. However, visitors should be aware that the trail does allow...

Bike Trails
Distance: 70.22 miles
Trail Activities
Biking, Equestrian, Hiking, Snowmobile Area
The North Eastern State Trail extends for 71 miles along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway. The trail provides a solitary experience as it takes you through wetlands, farmlands, forests and small towns. Picnic tables are located frequently along the trail so visitors can take in the natural...
Van Buren Trail State Park
Distance: 16.81 miles
Trail Activities
Biking, Equestrian, Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Van Buren Trail State Park is located on the coast of Lake Michigan between Harford and South Haven. The trail stretches 14 miles between these two cities and offers a wide variety of unique opportunity. Along the trail, you may see deer, rabbit, fox and eagles, all native to the area, which...
Kal-Haven Trail State Park
Distance: 33.98 miles
Trail Activities
Biking, Equestrian, Hiking, Snowmobile Area, Cross Country Ski

The 33-mile former railroad bed has a limestone/slag surface. Linking the city of South Haven to the city of Kalamazoo the trail crosses over bridges, passes through small towns and by points of historical interest.


MMT - Young - White Birch
Distance: 0.84 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
The White Birch Nature Trail is located inside Young State Park in Charlevoix. The short, 1.5-mile trail winds past Lake Charlevoix, providing easy access to the water. The trail also offers scenic views of Boyne City, Avalanche Peak and the surrounding wilderness. The White Birch trail is perfect...
Photo Courtesy @tjmckenziecom
Distance: 1.12 miles
Trail Activities
Biking, Hiking

Numerous partners from St. Clair County are working in conjunction with 13 local units of government to connect and complete a 54-mile paved trail along St. Clair County’s coast from “Bridge” (Blue Water Bridges) “To Bay” (Anchor Bay). The trail begins at Lakeport State Park at the county’s...

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...

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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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