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Pack the hiking boots and energy bars, Michigan's trails and pathways beckon. You can find your footing at state and national parks and nature preserves, on rail-to-trail corridors--even along urban walkways. Take a hike in an old-growth forest or meander across ice age moraines. Tackle a barely-marked trail or follow a mulched path. Trek the more than 200 miles between Lakes Michigan and Huron on the Shore-to-Shore Trail or a section of the North Country National Scenic Trail. And don't forget the camera.

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Hiking Trails

Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area [Biking, Hiking, Ski Trails], 1129 Wilson Street, Corner of Lake & Ann Streets, Boyne City, MI 49712, Phone: (231) 582-6597.  Avalanche is a 300 acre nature preserve where you may find berries, mushrooms and much more... Hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Skating, sledding, jogging and snowmobiling. Disc golf. Ungroomed trails range in difficulty from flat terrain for novices to steep inclines for experienced skiers. 9 kilometers, 4 loops.

Betsie River Pathway, Pere Marquette State Forest, King Road & Longstreet Road, Thompsonville, MI 49683, Phone: (231) 922-5280.  10 mile hike, bike trail. Trailhead 6 miles W of Thompsonville via M-115, King Road & Longstreet Road.

Betsie Valley Trail [Bike & Hiking Trail], P.O. Box 474, Beulah, MI 49617, Phone: (231) 882-9605. The Betsie Valley Trail is 22.3 miles long and extends from Frankfort through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville in Benzie County Michigan. From Frankfort to Beulah it is non-motorized. All of it is excellent for bicycles and pedestrian use. The 6.7 miles from Frankfort to Mollineaux Road is asphalt and is good for roller blading. From Beulah to Thompsonville (12.3 miles) the compacted aggregate trail is open to snowmobiles from December through March.

Bowman Lake Area [Hiking & Skiing Trails], Seventh Street (52nd Street), Baldwin, MI 49304, Phone: (231) 745-4631. Bowman Lake Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities, such as hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, canoeing, camping and much more. Glacial depressions and unique vegetation are found in this area and provide homes for many species of wildlife. Experience solitude & closeness to nature in a natural environment.

Cadillac Pathway [Bike, Hike & Ski Trail], Boon Road (34 Mile) & Seeley Road
Cadillac, MI 49601, Phone: (231) 775-9727.  An 11.3 mile groomed ski, hike and bike trail with six loops. Marked and groomed for novice and intermediate cross-country skiers. Trail maps are available.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park [Biking, Hiking, Skiing & Snowmobile Trail], 211 W. Upton Avenue, Cadillac, MI 49601, Phone: (231) 775-7911. This linear trail state park is 92 miles long. An 88-mile section is open from Cadillac to Belmont. The trail surface is natural ballast and hard packed gravel, with 14 miles of asphalt pavement from Reed City to Big Rapids and 7 miles of asphalt pavement from just north of Rockford to Belmont. An 88-mile section is open from Cadillac to Belmont. This trail provides a scenic flat route through Michigan's countryside and winds through Morley, Stanwood and Paris.

Jordan Valley Pathway, 8 miles N of Alba, Mackinaw State Forest, Alba, MI 49611, Phone: (989) 732-3541.  18 mile hiking trail located in the Mackinaw State Forest.

Lake Ann Pathway-Chain of Lakes [Hiking Trails], Reynolds Rd, Lake Ann, MI 49643, Phone: (231) 941-3400.  The trails at the Lake Ann Pathway are divided into two distinctly different loops. The longer series of loops on the west side of Reynolds Road are the more strenuous. Covering a total of 3.5 miles, with several shortcut options to choose from, you'll pass both Shavenaugh and Mary's Lake and a short section of the Platte River on your way up and down this roller coaster ride of a trail. The outer section of the trail between markers #7 and #9 is the most advanced with several large hills between #7 and #8. The eastern portion of the trail is 1.8 miles long and meanders gently along the Platte and the Lake Ann Shoreline -- it makes a great cool down loop after you've conquered the other side. Keep your eyes peeled -- if you're lucky you'll see some pink lady's slippers; they're rumored to be abundant in and around this trail. Take US 31 west from Interlochen and turn left on Reynolds Road.

Little Traverse Conservancy [Nature Preserves], 3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, Phone: (231) 347-0991. The Little Traverse has established more than 100 nature preserves in Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Mackinac and Chippewa counties, each open to the public at no charge. Many have nature trails for hiking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Beach access is also available, as well as birdwatching, fishing and similar low-impact activities. HUNTING IS ALLOWED ONLY ON DESIGNATED PRESERVES AND WITH WRITTEN PERMISSION ONLY. A guide to our preserves is available by phoning or writing.

Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary [Hiking Trail, Wildlife Viewing], 650 North Michigan Avenue, PO Box Drawer D, Baldwin, MI 49304, Phone: (231)745-4631.  The Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary consists of a small lake, a marsh and wooded area. There are over 150 different species of plants, wildflowers, trees and vegetation marked with posts that correspond to the trail guide available. The trail is about 1.5 miles long.

Lost Lake Pathway [Biking & Hiking Trail], Pere Marquette State Forest, US-31 & Wildwood Road, Interlochen, MI 49643, Phone: (231) 922-5280.  6.3 mile, hike, bike trail. Come and enjoy the 6 miles of trails through relatively flat woodlands in the Interlochen area. Trailhead located at Lake Dubonnet State Forest Campground.

North Central Michigan College Natural Area [Hiking & Snowshoe Trail], 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI 49770, Phone: (231) 348-6812. Scenic trail borders the beautiful Bear River and a northern cedar swamp. Some loops can have tricky hills and trail is narrow in spots. Wonderful snowshoe trail. Rolling terrain. Outer trail is approx. 3 miles around, 12 kilometers total, 3 loops. Parking at the Student Resource & Community Center.

North Country National Scenic Trail, 229 E Main Street, Lowell, MI 49331, Phone: (616) 897-5987. The North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier footpath that stretches for about 4,400 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states. Already, more than 1,700 miles have been certified off-road. Additional miles follow shared paths, and some road walks yet remain. It will be the longest off-road hiking trail in the United States. Many of the trails are used for cross-country skiing as well. Almost 1500 miles of this national trail are located in the state of Michigan.

Osceola Pathway [Biking & Hiking Trail], Pere Marquette State Forest, Sunrise Lake Road & 15 Miles Road, Le Roy, MI 49655, Phone: (231) 775-9727.  .5 mile hike, bike trail. Nearby Sunrise Lake State Forest Campground.

Pere Marquette State Forest Pathway [Biking, Hiking & Skiing Trail], 8015 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI 49601, Phone: (231) 775-9727

Pine Forest Pathway [Biking & Hiking Trail], Pere Marquette State Forest, Merriville Road & 40th Street, Baldwin, MI 49304, Phone: (231) 775-9727.  .8 mile hike, bike trail. Nearby Bray Creek State Forest Campground.

Pine Valley Pathway [Biking, Hiking & Skiing Trail], M-37 & Seven Mile Road, Baldwin, MI 49304, Phone: (231) 775-9727.  Groomed ski, hike, bike trail. This trail is 8.2 nonrepeating miles with a series of loops that allow for several options. It is perfect for the beginner or intermediate skier.

Sand Lake Quiet Area Pathway [Biking & Hiking Trails, Wildlife Viewing], Pere Marquette State Forest, Island Lake Road & Campground Road, Kalkaska, MI 49646, Phone: (231) 922-5280.  One of the most popular natural areas in northwest Michigan. 10 miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. Hiker trailhead located at Guernsey Lake State Forest Campground. Skiing trailhead 5.5 miles SE of Williamsburg via M-72 & Broomhead Road. Offers several miles of pristine trails that wind around many scenic little lakes that dot the preserve. Many of the skier-tracked trails cross over frozen lakes, which are also popular with local ice fishermen. Wildlife is abundant.

Sand Lakes Quiet Area [Biking, Hike & Cross-country Ski Trails, Wildlife Viewiing, Broomhead Rd., Williamsburg, MI 49690, Phone: (231) 922-5280. This serene site is part of the Pere Marquette State Forest. Motorized vehicles are prohibited, making this area a great place to watch wildlife, hike, bike, or cross country ski.

Sheep Ranch Pathway [Biking & Hiking Trail], Pere Marquette State Forest, U.S. 10 & Mud Trail, Baldwin, MI 49304, Phone: (231) 775-9727. Hike, bike trail. One trail totaling 4.5 miles long with 2 loops. Trail maps are available.

Silver Creek Pathway [Biking & Hiking Trail], Pere Marquette State Forest, 5.5 miles N of Luther via State Rd., Luther, MI 49656, Phone: (231) 775-9727.  4 mile, hike, bike trail. Trailhead located at Silver Creek State Forest Campground.

Top of Michigan Trails [Biking, Hiking, Horseback & Snowmobile Trails], 445 East Mitchell, Petoskey, MI 49770, Phone: (231) 348-8280.  Committed to facilitating the establishment of year ‘round, multi-use recreational trails in Northern Lower Michigan that are non-motorized (except for snowmobilers), multi-purpose trails that are used for running, hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, snowmobiling and equestrian activities. Our mission is to facilitate the establishment of a network of multiple-use recreational trails in Alpena, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Otsego, and Presque Isle.

Warner Creek Pathway, Mackinaw State Forest, U.S. 131 & M-32, Alba, MI 49611, Phone: (989) 732-3541. 2.8 (8k) mile hike, bike trail. A novice to intermediate trail. Trail is not groomed, but is used often and will normally have tracks. Meanders along a swamp edge with frequent deer sightings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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