Yankee Springs Recreation Area Trail is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Middleville, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.
cross country skiing
Great for Mt Biking
Completed multiple loops on a beautiful Mid-Jan day where the temps hit 60. Started at the Hall Lake/Long Lake Trailhead. Links with the Deep Lake Mountain/Hiking Trail past the Devils Soup Bowl (large depression/valley that highlights Yankee Springs). Once on Deep Lake Trail Loop in links with Deep Lake Road for 3/4 mile which is extremely muddy. It jets off of the road looping around a rustic campsite with plenty of sites that look to be frequented by campers during the warmer months. After snaking around the campsite and deep lake you link with the Mountain Bike Staging area. The trail then is shared with Mountain Bikers for a mile or two before linking back at the Devil's Soup Bowl. You can choose to link back with Hall Lake Loop at this point to complete a 6-7 mile loop or cross over to the Long Lake Trail that shares the NCT for 1/2 mile or so. you reach a slippery boardwalk and are offered limited views of long lake. After two miles on the trial you link with the Gun Lake Campground that offers modern camping or the rustic Long Lake campsite. Another 2 miles back to the junction with Hall Lake and you can complete the last mile or so. Overall you can stretch an afternoon at Yankee Springs to a 12 mile loop (4-5 mile there and back with long lake trail).
Not a bad trail system, marked very well. bugs would most likely feast during the warmer months with lakes and wetlands in abundance.
Hike this trail every chance I get!
Very beautiful day, and the woods keep the trails pretty cool. Lots of bikers the day we went, but everyone was friendly and stayed out of each other's ways. There are lots of splits in the trails, so come prepared to navigate a little bit. All in all, I had a great time and really enjoyed the trails. I would recommend to everyone I know and will definitely be coming back.
There is a lot of different intersections to the trails. The upkeep of overgrowth is kind of back and forth. Sometimes the two tracks are the easier routes to take. A couple of lakes around the trail make for good scenery.
We hiked a loop to Devil's Soup Bowl then cut out on a snowmobile trail & road walked back to parking area. State park map isn't to scale (finding that a lot in MI) but better than nothing. Hiked down into the glacial depression, but pretty rough back up. Loved being on the NCT portion and finding unique boulders! Definitely coming back & definitely bringing DEET. Our homemade bug spray just didn't hack the elevated portion through the swamp!
Didn't see a single biker but it was raining. Did see some trail runners who were participating in a time trial. Kudos to them!
Lots of horseflies-wear a hat!
Great trails and good orienteering course. Great for camping they have rustic and electric. Great place to go for the weekend that is not far away.
A nice and easy early ride.