The Best Trails in Michigan (United States)

3,880 trails

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Photo of Manistee River trail/ NCT loop Photo of North Ottawa Dunes Photo of Jordan valley pathway - whole loop
  • Manistee River trail/ NCT loop

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    Hiking
    near Marilla, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    20.81mi
    Elevation +
    1680f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo of Manistee River trail/ NCT loop Photo of Manistee River trail/ NCT loop Photo of Manistee River trail/ NCT loop

    Counter clockwise, start/end from free parking for NCT on Hodenply dam rd. Day 2 of LMTC challenge Lower Michigan Triple Crown 3 - 20 mile loops in 3 days (back to back, any order) Fife lake/NCT loop Manistee River tr...

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  • North Ottawa Dunes

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    near Ferrysburg, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    7.73mi
    Elevation +
    1670f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of North Ottawa Dunes Photo of North Ottawa Dunes Photo of North Ottawa Dunes

    This a nice little collection of trails. They are all marked and there is a "you are here" sign at every intersection. Be prepared for mosquitoes and ticks. I walked back along the beach. There are a lot of nice houses, ...

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  • near Elmira, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    19.39mi
    Elevation +
    1739f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Jordan valley pathway - whole loop Photo of Jordan valley pathway - whole loop Photo of Jordan valley pathway - whole loop

    Counter clockwise - Start/ end at Deadman’s hill parking Day 3 of LMTC challenge Lower Michigan Triple Crown 3 - 20 mile loops in 3 days (back to back, any order) Fife lake/NCT loop Manistee River trail/NCT loop Jorda...

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  • Dow Gardens - Midland MI

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    Hiking
    near Midland, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    3.59mi
    Elevation +
    82f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Dow Gardens - Midland MI Photo of Dow Gardens - Midland MI Photo of Dow Gardens - Midland MI

    Totally worth the $10 admission. 1000’s of varieties of trees and flowers. Such an easy way to rack up the steps.

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  • Pinckney - Silver Lake

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    Hiking
    near Hell, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    13.63mi
    Elevation +
    479f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Pinckney - Silver Lake Photo of Pinckney - Silver Lake Photo of Pinckney - Silver Lake

    A pleasant wander in the woods. Go CCW, as there are many mountain bikes following the trail system in a clockwise manner. The western end follows the "Bill Baker Loop", named after a scout leader that was very active in...

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  • Kinross

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    near Kinross, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    4.63mi
    Elevation +
    125f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Kinross Photo of Kinross Photo of Kinross

    This is one of my favorite trails however it’s not clearly marked. Some of that is a result of the bad ice storm this winter and the many downed trees. They were logging not far from the trail in one spot and the smell o...

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  • Emerson

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    near Emerson, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    3.63mi
    Elevation +
    95f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Emerson Photo of Emerson Photo of Emerson

    Lots of sand, lots of hills, lots of roots, very rocky in places and extremely swampy as well. There is a Little Bit of Everything on this trail. It was very narrow in places but easy to navigate. I would have went farth...

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  • Legg Park

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    near Meridian, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    6.59mi
    Elevation +
    72f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo of Legg Park Photo of Legg Park Photo of Legg Park

    One of the better hikes close to Lansing. Some sections of this hike are not possible in wet periods.

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  • Pickford - Kelden

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Pickford, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    4.60nm
    Elevation +
    43f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo of Pickford - Kelden Photo of Pickford - Kelden Photo of Pickford - Kelden

    We launched from the park in Pickford ran into one heck of a log jam, so we had to go around it on foot with my kayak. There are some rapids I have video of me shooting them but this app doesn’t allow video.

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  • Fife lake- NCT loop

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    Hiking
    near Walton, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    21.45mi
    Elevation +
    587f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Fife lake- NCT loop Photo of Fife lake- NCT loop Photo of Fife lake- NCT loop

    Clockwise - start/end from Old 131 state forest campground. Day 1 of LMTC challenge Lower Michigan Triple Crown 3 - 20 mile loops in 3 days (back to back, any order) Fife lake/NCT loop Manistee River trail/NCT loop Jo...

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  • North Ottawa Dunes

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    Hiking
    near Ferrysburg, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    13.72mi
    Elevation +
    709f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of North Ottawa Dunes Photo of North Ottawa Dunes Photo of North Ottawa Dunes

    The first stretch north along Lake Michigan is troublesome, as a boulder breakwater makes progress difficult. You are better off following the North Shore Estates Rd north or remaining on the forest trails. Following the...

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  • Port Dolomite

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    near Port Dolomite, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    3.75mi
    Elevation +
    33f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Port Dolomite Photo of Port Dolomite Photo of Port Dolomite

    This is a beautiful trail it’s also know by the Locals as the Narnia trail. There’s a Little Bit of Everything to experience from beautiful beaches to swamp to rock climbing it’s probably the coolest local trail I’ve eve...

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  • Waterloo State Recreation Area

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    Hiking
    near Waterloo, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    16.08mi
    Elevation +
    522f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Waterloo State Recreation Area Photo of Waterloo State Recreation Area Photo of Waterloo State Recreation Area

    Don't follow my track beyond the start of the abandoned trail, as it is badly overgrown. The backtracking further south was a failed attempt to follow a second overgrown trail segment. Hike so that you will face the o...

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  • Chain of Lakes

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Allendale, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    3.36nm
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Chain of Lakes Photo of Chain of Lakes Photo of Chain of Lakes

    Chain of Lakes Townline Lake, Sand Lake, Icehouse Lake, Boathouse Lake, and Haven Lake. The location where we launched and landed was private, however, there are public launch areas around the lakes. The water is very cl...

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  • 2017-07-01 Turnip Rock

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Port Austin, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    4.78nm
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of 2017-07-01 Turnip Rock Photo of 2017-07-01 Turnip Rock Photo of 2017-07-01 Turnip Rock

    The breeze was kicking up as we were headed back. Lots of folks headed out for Turnip Rock as were headed back in. They were not going to have an easy time getting back in those rented kayaks, if that breeze continued. T...

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  • Luton Park

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    Mountain Bike
    near Rockford, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    10.08mi
    Elevation +
    177f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Luton Park Photo of Luton Park

    Luton Park is a multi-use trail system. Please yield to hikers and trail runners. There is a total of 9 miles of trail utilizing a stacked loop system with flatter beginner trails (the Blue and Green Loops) and tighter, ...

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  • Brighton Rec Area Hike

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    Hiking
    near Parishfield, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    9.80mi
    Elevation +
    440f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Brighton Rec Area Hike Photo of Brighton Rec Area Hike Photo of Brighton Rec Area Hike

    Nice hike in the woods of Brighton Recreation Area Be sure to carry plenty of water and get some food and rest to admire the nature. A very nice lake to relax after the long walk.

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  • Stoney Creek MTB Trail

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    Mountain Bike
    near Stony Creek, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    7.57mi
    Elevation +
    233f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Stoney Creek MTB Trail Photo of Stoney Creek MTB Trail Photo of Stoney Creek MTB Trail

    This trail starts at the entrance of Sheldon Road Head to waypoint Number 6,7,8,9 10, 11, 12, 15 and then to 25 to enter the "Roller Coaster" which is marked as black trail (most difficult).. continue all the way back t...

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  • Mackinac Island

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    Hiking
    near Saint Ignace, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    15.63mi
    Elevation +
    49f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Mackinac Island Photo of Mackinac Island Photo of Mackinac Island

    We did it. Walked around the entire island. My longest for sure. I'm sore, but it was worth it. The coffee I'm drinking is also amazing.

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  • Frozen Lakes Galore

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    Hiking
    near Westchester Heights, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    7.80mi
    Elevation +
    49f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Frozen Lakes Galore Photo of Frozen Lakes Galore Photo of Frozen Lakes Galore

    Only feasible during extended cold spells. Obviously, you should be knowledgeable about conditions and aware that there are risks involved in wandering on ice covered water. Don't follow my exit at the SE end of Lake ...

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  • near Millett, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    4.40mi
    Elevation +
    49f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Woldumar Nature Center somewhat between the trails Photo of Woldumar Nature Center somewhat between the trails Photo of Woldumar Nature Center somewhat between the trails

    Trying to get a little mileage out of the Woldumar trails. NOTE THAT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE TRAIL IS TREASPASSING, SO SKIP THAT! THE SIGN ARE PLACED SO THAT THEY ARE ONLY VISIBLE TO BOATERS - CURIOUS! I ONLY SAW THE ...

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  • Pictured Rocks Cruise

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    Sail Boat
    near Munising, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    27.89nm
    Elevation +
    564f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Pictured Rocks Cruise Photo of Pictured Rocks Cruise Photo of Pictured Rocks Cruise

    This is on a tour cruise. If you go, be sure to get in line about an hour early and sit on the right side of the upper deck. The boat does return and everybody on left gets a shot, but the lighting is different and they ...

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  • Pointe Mouillee State Game Park

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    Hiking
    near Estral Beach, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    12.01mi
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo of Pointe Mouillee State Game Park Photo of Pointe Mouillee State Game Park Photo of Pointe Mouillee State Game Park

    Great area for wildlife viewing. You need a permit to enter the Park between September 1 and December 15.

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  • Kelden

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    Hiking
    near Kelden, Michigan (United States)
    Distance
    5.03mi
    Elevation +
    16f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo of Kelden Photo of Kelden Photo of Kelden

    Great walk today ran into my neighbor on the trail forgot to pause my app and chatted with him about an hour. By the time I was done it was hotter then heck out but I gotta good 5 miles today.

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