Explore the most popular forest trails in Allegan State Game Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I hiked this trail this weekend. follow the yellow painted painted on the trees, the northern part is less a trail and more of follow the yellow markers. I shouldve downloaded the map, as it is easy to lose the trail. It is fun in a different type of way.

birding
2 months ago

Short trail accessed from two-track at Ely Lake Campground. Trail starts behind red gate and is well used and clear. Parking is there, but it's only about a mile from the campground on two-track. Perfect for trail running or viewing wetland dependent wildlife.

hiking
8 months ago

Best place to start this trail is from Ely Lake Campground and start walking around Ely Lake. Trail splits and one of the trails takes you to Little Tom Lake. The part of the trail to Little Tom Lake is heavily used and a little wet in the spring. Still doable, it's just damp. After you get to the two track road to Little Tom, the other side of this trail is not as well used. It takes you through a marshy area that is a bit wet in the spring. The marshy area is a great way to explore with appropriate boots. The area dries up in June. It's neat to venture around a marsh.

hiking
8 months ago

I love this trail! It is a trail marked with yellow dots and though the fallen forest area, the trees are flagged with yellow ties. To get to the trail, you have to start hiking around Ely Lake and then you will connect to this trail. The trail winds through the forest, among fallen trees, through a lost cemetery and back to the trail to Little Tom Lake. You can even venture here. I was not able to get to the Bravo Unit Wildlife Refuge because of the overgrowth, but with a little perseverance, I believe it is possible. Something is funny about the terrain in this area. If you look on google earth, you see a funny pattern in the land. Must have something to do with farming, that's all I can guess.

Trail is maintained by volunteers. As a volunteer, I have market the trail through the campground and all the way to 118th Ave. When you leave the campground, turn left on 116th Ave. In about 300 feet, you will see a marked trail to the right. If you run into Do Not Trespass signs on 116th Ave, you have gone too far and need to turn around. If anyone wants to help with loppers or chain saws, that would be greatly appreciated. :)

I am giving it a 4-star because it is the only trail in Southwest Michigan that is of considerable length for trail running or back packing.

It was hard to locate the trail around the maze of campsites at Ely Lake. Then no more than a half mile on the trail I come to a road crossing and can't find where it picks up on the other side despite having the map and GPS. There are no clear trail markings but plenty of no trespassing signs. I ended up just running along the county roads praying all the while that no dogs came chasing after me... Not a recommended trail unless you know the area.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
8 months ago