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

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.

The bridge is now open to both cars and hikers :)

hiking
23 days ago

Nice well maintained trail. Dog friendly. 2 way traffic (several bicyclists). Beautiful in the fall! Indoor bathroom near parking lot.

Pretty good hike! Not super challenging and very well marked, definitely worth the time

The Coates Highway bridge was passable but still under construction when we were down a weekend ago. My wife and I and other hikers were able to walk over the bridge bypassing construction equipment later in the day.

Has the bridge been re-opened?

Great hike. East side of the trail has spectacular river views and water access. I try to get here a few times a year.

I wish I could take my dogs on all of the trails.

2 months ago

Good workout on these trails. Even my dog enjoys hiking. Bring water.

Pretty easy walking. 2 views of the AuSable river are nice . IMO the sweetest part is the old growth Hemlock stand . That alone is well worth it . I love that area !

Beautiful set of trails. Had no idea how crystal clear the water would be. Highly recommend!

My favorite hiking loop in the lower peninsula. Fantastic for an overnight backpacking trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Great for kids!

The red bridge (Coates Hwy bridge) was still closed so I was unable to complete the entire loop trail. But the Manistee River Trail side was spectacular.

backpacking
2 months ago

For those trying to spend their first night at seaton campground the first night of ur arrival do not go by the website!! It says all campsites are full when there are plenty of spaces available. We spoke with the man in charge and he said even if it’s full they will find space. Lovely campsite, we didn’t camp there as we were backpacking but I would definitely recommend it. We only did the side of the trail by the river and it was stunning. Would definitely recommend this to any level backpacker. If this is ur first trip this is ideal because there’s campsite all along the trail if you get tired u can stop anywhere. The road is very well marked! And the trail is very moderate, I have done other trails that completely wind you but this was not the case. Not a lot of hills and the trial is easy to follow. Absolutely wish we could have been there longer and done the full trail.

2 months ago

good time stay off of closed trails.

backpacking
2 months ago

Well maintained and beautiful scenery. with the bridge out we had to do only half as a point and back. would love to go back after the bridge is completed to do the entire loop.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great enduro. All climbs are very doable. No steep up and down. But lots of turns. I really enjoyed my afternoon.

Beautiful Michigan country. Plenty of places to camp right on the river, a great area for hot summer days. Wildflowers galore, a few climbs to a get a great workout, and friendly people, be it other hikers, or kayakers on the manistee river.

Great little loop with a 5 yr old. Well kept trail. Beautiful sand dunes/ beach at half way point. The forest is spectacular

Well marked, easy stroll through the woods. Solo female safe :)

Great shaded trail. Dogs are not allowed on the spur to Lake Michigan.

3 months ago

Got a little lost on an unfinished trail, but in a good way. Great because you can walk 2 miles or 20 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to find off the main road. Plenty of ups and downs along the trail. Wear hiking boots if you can although good walking shoes will work. Be sure to use your bug dope as mosquitoes and deer flies hang out there. Tom and Joyce

Very easy mostly shaded trail in figure 8 style with shortcuts that are good for families with small children. Nice woodland setting with a small shallow stream running through it.

Fantastic trail. Started at Seaton Creek. I worked my way south down he MRT. Fantastic views from not only the river banks and overlooks, but inside the forests as well. Fairly rugged terrain, so I recommend a sturdy set of shoes. Also great spots to stop and swim in the river. On the MRT side, campsite 8b is the best. It backs up to the river for easy access to the water, plenty of space, and great shade.

Start off on the North Country Trail with fresh legs as it’s a bit hilly depending on where you start. We got caught in a monster thunderstorm that ripped the rain fly off of our tent the first night...definitely made for a wet finish. But a great hike for anyone of any skill level.

Love this trail! We did 9 miles of the MRT and straight back skipping the NCT. Next time plan to do the whole loop. Do not start at the Marilla trail head like we did, added an extra 2-3 miles and was not scenic. The river is beautiful, you hike up and down ravines, and you can camp over looking the river. We went in late April when it was high 60s and it was really crowded. I would do it again in the fall. People had their bags tied up with rope to avoid bears. We camped about a mile or less from the red bridge on a cliff and it was really open so we could see other campers but it was a great view! All dogs we came across were on a leash which was awesome and hikers were very kind!

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