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Hiked on a weekday and saw just one hiker and a couple bikers...good challenge and beautiful

hiking
3 days ago

good variety of landscape for a michigan trail. fun! can be hard to follow on the second half

hiking
3 days ago

Such a beautiful trail! Really peaceful, you can’t hear road traffic and I didn’t run into many people. The main trail isn’t super well marked so it’s easy to go off on side trails rather than the main loop, but it’s also easy to find your way back. After one hike it’s easily become one of my favourite trails in the area.

Better than I expected it would be.

Gorgeous in all seasons. Snow shoeing and hot chocolate at the nature center in the winter is a treat. Bird watching, photography, paddling are all perfect for this spot. Definitely a must.

Went in January so there were some icy spots but a very enjoyable walk for sure.

hiking
14 days ago

Trail was super hard to find and follow after hitting the campsite, but it's an absolutely beautiful trail with enough uphills to make you feel like you earned your fish and chips.

trail running
14 days ago

Trail was a little muddy, but generally easy footing. Absolutely beautiful trail to run.

Great forested trail with amazing vistas of Lake Michigan. Did it snowshoeing and had a good workout.

We went on November 10th, 2018. They had gotten a few inches of snow the night before, but it was a good workout and beautiful!
We only walked the short loop but definitely want to hike the longer trail!

Some really pretty views at points along the trail, the inland trail is average.

Great hike overlooking the Flat River, and one can literally go for a couple thousand miles if you wanted, or just an afternoon stroll. We went for a Christmas day hike with family while it was snowing...which was a real treat as we were in from Hawaii, and really miss the snow.

This trail is a part of the North Country Trail (NCT) stretching approximately 4,600 miles from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota.

The trails headquarters is right in Lowell at the North Country Trail Association (Lowell is the half-way mark for the trail), and while the trail itself is new it is constantly being updated, so getting wider and easier to follow.

The markings are all easy to follow as the NCT is primarily marked with blue paint blazes on trees / posts and by Carsonite posts that display the official trail emblem and a regulatory strip that defines allowable uses.

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hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful scenery in both warm weather and winter.

wonderful trail! great for my new puppy. the only cons I can think of are no trash cans at the prairie parking lot. I'm not sure if its because of the time of year though.

Great trail, lots of people.

Fun trail! Not well marked and there are a bunch of side trails, so make sure you have a map. It’s late fall now, so there was a dusting of snow and I saw no people the whole time. Very nice day hike!

One of the better trails/parks in West Michigan. Trails seem to be well marked. I like the variation that the hills bring to the park. West Michigan is a pretty flat place so its nice to hike/walk in area where you have to do a little work.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, little traffic, awesome signage. Every intersection had a trail marker and “you are here” sign. Was surprised to find a “wilderness” in this park Great hike.

Super easy. The people at the visitor center are very helpful and have lots of maps. We did 3 miles. You could add the old golf course and turn it into 5.

Excellent walk in the woods, quiet contemplative; fairly well marked trails. There are some small hills so would classify it as moderate. Also trails can be muddy.

Our hiking group has been here a few times- good signage; would like to check this out in the spring

We hiked the small loop, a little over 2 miles, on 11-10-18 in 4-5 inches of snow and loved it! Will definitely be going back to hike the whole trail!

Very nice trails with lots of options to vary the length. Neat floating boardwalk. Most trails are flat and hard packed. In warm weather there are flush toilets at the trailhead off Sleeper Street.

Wasn’t able to find a clear trailhead or path. There was a note on the board about seasonal hunting taking place but it looked like the trail has been shut down completely.

Good hike; a moderate workout. Poorly marked; got lost. Too many power lines made it seem less like an escape to nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with lots of character. Watch for bikers!

Great trail with many beautiful lookouts along the Manistee River. Lots of dispersed camping sites close to the river on the Manistee River side.

Absolutely beautiful views of lake mi and Harrington lake

Very beautiful. First backpacking trip. It is not the easiest for your first backpacking trips due to the various points of elevation but I survived and it was well worth it. Will be doing this again!

Did the River Trail. Wife’s first trip. The views did not disappoint, especially in the fall. The campsites were in awesome outlooks. We will be doing this one again.

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