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Michigan Trails

Michigan Outdoor Trails

Out for Adventure.

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: 6.71 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Equestrian, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
The Bass River Recreation Area is located near Grand Haven 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 state land and consists of open meadows,...
Distance: 2.37 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Bewabic State Park is located in the Upper Peninsula just north of the Wisconsin border. The state park features a 137-site campground, picnic tables, beach access and a nature trail. The Nature Trail stretches for 2 miles through the serene natural environment of the state park. Benches along the...
Distance: 2.54 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Biking, Hiking, Cross Country Ski
The entire trail system is part of the greater 17.5-mile Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail. The trail's striking scenery is as diverse as the type of path you will follow. This starting point is on the northern end at the Bay City State Recreation Area, where you will be treated to a sweeping vista of...
Distance: 1.45 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Burt Lake State Park is located in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula. The State Park allows for many different activities, including swimming, fishing, picnicking, boat access, biking and hiking. The foot trail in the park is 1-mile long and winds along the shores of Burt Lake through sandy...
Distance: 0.57 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Baraga State Park overlooks scenic Keweenaw Bay of Lake Superior, hiking on the short 3/4 of a mile nature trail is among the many activities of this park.
Distance: 1.21 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Cheboygan State Park is located on the northern shore of the Lower Peninsula. The park contains 5 interconnected trails that can be completed together or separately. The Blue Trail is 1.3 miles long and is easily accessed via the Green and Black Trails. The Blue Trail begins at the same point as...
Distance: 0.02 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Cheboygan State Park is located on the northern shore of the Lower Peninsula. The park contains 5 interconnected trails that can be completed together or separately. The Black Trail is 0.5 miles long and is easily accessed via the Green and Blue trails. The Black Trail begins at the Cheboygan Point...
Distance: 0 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Cheboygan State Park is located on the northern shore of the Lower Peninsula. The park contains five interconnected trails that can be completed together or separately. The Red Trail is 0.75 miles long and is easily accessed via the Blue Trail. The trail also can begin just south of the Duncan Bay...
Distance: 1.89 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Cheboygan State Park is located on the northern shore of the Lower Peninsula. The park contains 5 interconnected trails that can be completed together or separately. The Green Trail is 1.75 miles long and is easily accessed via the Blue and Yellow trails. The Green trail will take you along the...
Distance: 3.55 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking
Negwegon State Park is located in Black River on the northeast side of the Lower Peninsula. The state park has three trails for visitor use, including the Chippewa Trail. The 3.1-mile Chippewa Trail continues beyond the Algonquin Trail and takes you through hardwood forests of aspen, maple and...
Distance: 3.99 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Clear Lake State Park is located in Elk County within the Mackinac State Forest. It provides the perfect, serene escape from surrounding cities. The Canada Creek Nature Trail is located in Clear Lake State Park and offers 4.5 miles for hiking, biking or cross-country skiing. The trail features...
Distance: 0.84 miles(Permit Required)
Trail Activities
Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Duck Lake State Park, located in Whitehall, houses several recreation opportunities, including a half-mile paved hiking trail. The short, out-and-back trail traverses along the shores of scenic Duck Lake and since the trail is paved, it provides a great hiking opportunity for families with children...

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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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