Featured HIKING TRAILS
Just east of Munising in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the North Country Trail (a.k.a Lakeshore Trail) is an ideal hiking route running the 250 feet sandstone ridges and beachs along Lake Superior 50 miles to Grand Marais. The Munising trailhead is located on CR58 just east of the Munising Falls Interpretive Center. The Grand Marais trailhead is located near the ranger station on CR58.
Located west of Silver City off SR107, the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountain State Park has 85 miles of hiking trails through virgin forests. Keep a sharp eye out for secluded lakes, bears, bald eagles, and waterfalls. Check out the routes to Mirror Lake and the 16 mile Lake Superior Trail.
Southwest of Mesick in the Huron-Manistee National Forest, the 12 mile Manistee River Trail follows the eastern shore of the Manistee River, one of the finest trout-salmon streams. It's a flat hiking route through pine and groves of oak and maple.
In northwestern Lake Superior, a scenic 30 mile loop combines Feldtmann Ridge Trail and Greenstone Ridge Trail and is best known for wildlife viewing including river otters moose and wolves. Start by taking the ferry to Windigo. The 3 day loop is best done counterclockwise.
In northwestern Lake Superior, the 30 mile Minong Ridge Trail on the upper side of the island is one of the least used, yet is a premier hike along ridgelines and streams. There is plenty of wildlife, including loons, wolves and eagles.
Near Gaylord in the Pigeon River Country State Forest, the High Country Pathway is a 70 mile extending eastward from the heart of the Pigeon River Country in Otsego County into the Atlanta State Forest in Montmorency County and northwards up into southwest Presque Isle County and southern Cheboygan County. The boggy Pigeon River Country State Forest, with its maple, beech and aspen forest, is a perfet home to the almost 1,000 Rocky Mountain Elk.
East of Vanderbilt in the Pigeon River Country State Forest, the popular Shingle Mill Pathway begins at the Pigeon Bridge Campground located just off Sturgeon Valley Road eleven miles east of the village of Vanderbilt. Heading northeast along the east bank of the Pigeon River, the hiking trail actually branches off into five separate segments of different lengths, ranging from short 3/4 and 1 1/4 strolls up to 6, 10, and 12 mile excursions. The 12 mile route crosses to the west bank of the river at the Pigeon River Campground, and eventually bringing the hiker or skier back to the Pigeon River Bridge on Sturgeon Valley Road.
In northwestern Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park is a densely wooded island. The 40 mile Greenstone Ridge Trail hikes up Mount Desor (1,400 feet) and passes glacial lakes, bogs, and swamps. In spring and fall, you will be relatively alone with the islands timber wolves, moose, river otters, and red foxes.
Northwest of Ann Arbor near Pinckney, the 11,000 acre Pinckney State Recreation Area has miles of trails open to hiking. A popular route is the 17 mile Potawatomi Trail. The trails all begin at the Silver Lake unit. The Silver Lake trail is a two-mile looped trail, the Crooked Lake trail is a five-mile looped trail and Potawatomi trail is a seventeen-mile looped trail.
Near Brighton, the 4,000 acre Island Lake State Park has two loops of 6 and 9 miles each. The East Loop circles the Huron River, is over five miles long and travels through woodlands, fields, and crosses Mann Creek. The West Loop, easier of the two, is over nine miles long and meanders through fields, woodlands, and wetlands.
North of Munising on the Upper Peninsula, the Grand Island National Recreation Area has miles of old forest roads and old carriage trails to hiking. The most popular is the Grand Island Tour which is an 18 mile loop on the old carriage trail around the island perimeter.
On the south side of Hovey Lake, the Oakwood Trail is an 11 mile route open to hiking. It is primarily flat with occasional gentle hills. The hiking trailhead is located on the south side of Hovey Lake.
Near Marquette, the Noquemanon Trail Network has over 60 miles of trails. One of the most popular sections is the Lower Noquemanon Trail and the popular trailhead for this system is the Forestville Trailhead located near the intersection of Harlow Lake Road and Forestville Road.
Northeast of Traverse City and southwest of Glen Arbor in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Alligator Hill Trail is a network of looping trails totaling 9 miles open to hiking. This rolling terrain passes through maple/beech forest and pine plantations. The trails are also shared with horseback riders in the summer, and used by nordic skiers in the winter.
In the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park, the White Pine Trail is a 92 mile linear route open to hiking. An 88-mile section is open from Cadillac to Belmont. The hiking trail surface is natural ballast and hard packed gravel, with 13 miles of asphalt pavement from Reed City to Big Rapids and 7 miles of asphalt pavement from just north of Rockford to Belmont.