Best of Michigan: Hiking Trails

Bucket List From Fellow Members— Go Out And Explore Michigan!

1White Pine Trail

The White Pine Trail runs 92-miles from its southern point in Comstock Park to Cadillac. The “vibe” in each section of the trail is unique. You can ride bikes and visit quaint shops in Rockford, see Amish buggies, wildflower fields and enjoy amazing views of the Muskegon River in Big Rapids. Hikers can also experience the quietness of the trail while spotting wildlife and enjoying the nearby lakes in Cadillac. The trail offers many experiences for hikers young and old.

-Larisa Draves, Great Lakes Energy 

2Chapel Trail Mosquito Falls Loop (near Shingleton in the Upper Peninsula)

Various hikes are available depending on the trail and how long you wish to walk. The views are gorgeous with waterfalls into Lake Superior and lots of look-outs.

-Richard Liebermann, Great Lakes Energy

3The North Country Trail

The largest hiking trail in the USA! It stretches over 4,600 miles! It is a year-round trail system with many connector trails to get you to the most beautiful destinations! My hiking group SHE_Mitten_Hikers (Self Healthy Exploring) has snowshoed and hiked our favorite stretch in northern Newaygo County around Nicolas Lake.

-Kelly Wawsczy, Great Lakes Energy

4Bundy Hill Preserve, Remus

You can hike to the highest point in the county at 1,270 feet.

-Morgan Wernette, HomeWorks Tri-County

5Manistee River Loop

The Manistee River Loop is excellent. The suspension bridge is beautiful, and I’ve had a bear sighting on this trail. 

-Troy Bischoff, Great Lakes Energy

6Jordan River Pathway

The Jordan River Pathway is such a gem. There is a fish hatchery just off the trail, beautiful scenery and some of the highest elevations in our lower Michigan.

-Misty Bischoff, Great Lakes Energy

7Michigan Trails And Greenways Alliance

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is working with communities all over Michigan to build a series of five “Great Lake to Lake Trails” that will link existing trails into a series of destination trails that will allow people to move from one Great Lake to another. These trails, three in the lower peninsula and two in the Upper Peninsula, will link Lake Michigan with Lake Huron and Lake Michigan with Lake Superior and bring communities together in a pathway to provide a recreation experience and transportation opportunities and the chance to learn about our state’s natural resources and historical legacies.

-Bob Wilson, Great Lakes Energy

8The Empire Bluff Trail In Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The trail leads to a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan with panoramic views. The trail is about 1.5 miles round-trip. It’s also pet-friendly, not strenuous or technically tricky——
an absolute favorite!

-Editor’s Pick


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