Michigan's Trails

Trek a New Path

Out for adventure. With thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails—plus an extensive network of 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?

 

Chain of Lakes Water Trail

Hop into a kayak as we explore Antrim County's Chain of Lakes Water Trail. This flatwater system is a paddler's paradise, made from 12 lakes and interconnected rivers in the northwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula. With highly visible signage and 84 access sites, including many barrier-free access points, your adventure on the Chain of Lakes' 100+ miles of water trail can be as long or short as you want. 

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

In the first of our Pure Michigan Trails video series, we explore the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a 21-mile pathway that connects visitors to the Lakeshore with the neighboring communities of Empire and Glen Arbor, along with the popular attractions and hidden gems found throughout the park.

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.

Polly Ann Trail

Transformed from a former railroad corridor, the Polly Ann Trail extends north from Oakland County’s Orion Township for a total of 16.9 miles with diverse terrain and scenery. Two paved sections are great for cyclists and are accessible to trail users of all levels of mobility, while more rural sections are perfect for those seeking a respite into nature

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Chain of Lakes Water Trail

Hop into a kayak as we explore Antrim County's Chain of Lakes Water Trail. This flatwater system is a paddler's paradise, made from 12 lakes and interconnected rivers in the northwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula. With highly visible signage and 84 access sites, including many barrier-free access points, your adventure on the Chain of Lakes' 100+ miles of water trail can be as long or short as you want. 

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail

In the first of our Pure Michigan Trails video series, we explore the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a 21-mile pathway that connects visitors to the Lakeshore with the neighboring communities of Empire and Glen Arbor, along with the popular attractions and hidden gems found throughout the park.

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.

Polly Ann Trail

Transformed from a former railroad corridor, the Polly Ann Trail extends north from Oakland County’s Orion Township for a total of 16.9 miles with diverse terrain and scenery. Two paved sections are great for cyclists and are accessible to trail users of all levels of mobility, while more rural sections are perfect for those seeking a respite into nature

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