Explore the most popular hiking trails in Huron National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

19 days ago

Just went there on memorial day and it kicked my ass but loved it. Hope to run it again someday.

Nice and quiet trail tucked away in northern Michigan. I found a wonderful spot to camp next to Byron lake about halfway through the loop and finished the loop on day 2.

backpacking
1 month ago

Cool sites on Byron Lake, looking forward to going back later in the summer and checking out the other lakes.

backpacking
1 month ago

went hiking with 13 yr old son. arrived 6:45 am and hiked around the outside loop to the north and then cut through the middle down a 2 track to North Hoist Lake. grabbed a site on a hill above the Lake. weather was a little hot, 74, for backpacking for my liking. didn't encounter anyone on the trail until Sunday on 4th way back in. plenty of dead wood for burning. wished I had a fishing pole as we saw plenty of fish jumping. watched a family of beavers work all day long which was pretty cool. trail was decently marked. saw several downed blue diamond signs probably just early in the season. heard lots of woodpeckers and geese. came across a dead coyote. Good trip will come back... with a fishing pole. bring correct change for the deposit slip... dummy me only had a $20.

hiking
1 month ago

Camped at Cooke Dam and then hiked. Trail has some very nice overlooks and when you get to the high elevation it is pretty flat for a good while. It did not feel like it was as long as it was

Trails are great for spring hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and the dunes were the best part

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is gorgeous - and not very well known. The little brother to the Manistee River Trail but very similar and way less people and more remote.

Nice trails. Beautiful scenery. Went end of March, trails were a little slippery in spots , but overall good.

hiking
3 months ago

I have spent a fair amount of time in this area. It’s a very “doable” hike for just about anyone. That’s the best part. I took my family with me today. We spotted a vehicle so we could just walk it one way. Enough snow on the trail to make things occasionally slippery but not enough to need snowshoes. Very pretty red pines and other lowland boreal forest looking terrain. It’s worth the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Best hiking trail in lower Michigan.

hiking
3 months ago

Cool trail that travels along the AuSable River. Trailhead is at Largo Springs and passes through Canoer’s Memorial and Lumbermans Monument. 6.4 miles one way. Great dune views near end.

hiking
7 months ago

great trail, until i found a hunter in a blind 10yds off trail right by the river

We did a portion of this trail (about 3.5 miles) and it was a nice easy hike. Even thought it was a holiday weekend, we were the only people on the trail (that we saw). Very serene and relaxing hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous trails, lots of down trees to navigate over or under but very fun and a great view of nature up close.

Nice rolling hills throughout the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the most scenic lower Michigan hikes you can do. Run down the dunes to the river and back up again.

I work in this area and the trail actually had multiple loops you can take. There are also campsites you can stay at with fire pits available.

Great views of the river!

Gorgeous forest. Ally will love it!

hiking
9 months ago

cross country skiing
10 months ago

Used to go cross country skiing out here with my dad and sisters when we were kids. We have a good story or two about some black diamond hills and getting lost on the trail after sunset... Would like to go out here again and get my boyfriend on the trails this time. ❤❤❤

hiking
10 months ago

Miles of hiking along the AuSable River with some gorgeous views. I'm ready to go back this year to spot all the fall colors (maybe even make time for a canoe trip on the river). One of the best hiking trails to represent my hometown. ❤❤❤❤

10 months ago

Nice trail, easy walking with no obsticals. The view looking down the hill into the river is great.

hiking
11 months ago

We took the lower trail - the Potawatomi. We found the trail was poorly maintained; there were multiple trees - medium to small - that had fallen on the trail, there was a fair amount of plant growth on the path, which would not have been so bad had it not been ladden with poison ivy. So much of my viewing pleasure was taken by constantly having to watch for the poisonous plant that it greatly detracted from enjoying the vistas. Additionally this trail was heavily filled with mosquitoes so be prepared for that too.

specifically says no bikes.

We hiked 7.8 miles around Byron Lake and had a wonderful time. the trail was well marked and we never lost the trail. we were prepared for ticks but only saw one thankfully! the Byron Lake camping site was clean and the beach/water looked nice. The only people we saw on the hike were some fishermen at the lake.

backpacking
11 months ago

did a two day 1 night hike here, started from the east trailhead, hiked the 9 mile path to Byron lake one the first day and the 6 mile path back to the trailhead on the second day.

there were parts of the trail that required a bit of bushwacking and about 15 trees down over the trail but nothing that was a real problem. the trail is very well marked and the map is well done.

the campsites at Byron lake were quite nice and very pretty. We only walked past the north hoist lake sites but they looked nice as well.

surprisingly fewer mosquitoes than I expected for a rainy weekend in July but we did get quite a few ticks. long pants are a must for this one.

$5/ day self service parking fee at the lot cash or check.

all in all a good trail, it's not listed correctly on this app. it is a 16 mile loop if you take the long way, but you can shortcut it if you want to.

Beautiful trail hike got cut short from Thunderstorms can't wait take go back an finish up :)

backpacking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Took a two day backpacking trip on this trail. It was a really nice trail and was very well maintained with a parking lot on both the east and west sides of the footpath. The campsites near the southeast lake are well placed with gorgeous views. Got a bit cold while we were there but the weather was to be expected for this time of year.

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