Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

I wonder why this whole trail is not shown . I’ve hiked a portion of it around the north branch of the AuSable river. It’s well marked . There are some areas that could use some clearing but it’s a real nice walk with a mixed forest .

Beautiful trail . Well maintained and marked. Along with seeing the river many times there is a section between marker 7 and 8 where there are virgin white and red pines. Very nice . It took me 3-1/2 hours to complete with several small stops for pics and grabbing water.

Beautiful wooded hike with great river views.

backpacking
4 months ago

Although I would have liked to give a 5-star review for this trail, there are a few major issues that caused me to remove three stars. The trail is shorter than the route posted here and lacks interesting landscape for the second half of the hikable portion of the trail.

I believe the other reviews for this trail are based on the first 3-4 miles of trail which consists of a dirt path with a layer of sand on top and is about 1.5 car widths wide. This part of the trail is very easy to walk and has some decent views of changing landscapes. However, once you have passed this part of the trail things change.

This trail is much skinnier and requires that you follow trees marked with blue paint. After taking this portion of the trail for ~1 mile you end up on a dirt, country road. The actual trail deviates from the road from time to time but I found it difficult to find these diverging trails and ended up just traveling on the road for a while longer. This was not really what I had wanted to spend my time hiking since it was a cleared dirt road with little more than ditches to look at while walking. At ~5-6 miles in there was a difficult to see the entrance to continue on the trail (once again marked by blue paint on trees). I entered here and the foliage became much more intrusive. About a mile further into this, the path became impassable. There were large weeds interspersed with thickets of trees and raspberry bushes. The blue paint marking our path also seemed to end. I did use GPS and the route provided to move forward but the plants were too thick.

This is the crux of my 2-star rating. If you are planning on backpacking the 18-mile trail I don't believe it is possible at this time of year. After ~8-9miles of hiking the trail disappears in thick brush and trees. Although I can't be mad about this as the trail is cleared by volunteers and I know that I would not want to be in charge of clearing that thick forest, it would have been nice to see that the trail is much shorter than the advertised description.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Spectacular views. Be sure to watch for the little offshoot trails toward the water.

Powerlines and traffic noise, disappointing hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Very pleasant trail. The 4-mile stretch between Iargo Springs and the Lumberman's Monument is quite flat, and very doable for any hiking ability. Most of the trail meanders through the pine forest with occasional views of the Au Sable River. Despite seeing quite a few people at either endpoint of the trail, the trail itself was very lightly trafficked, even on a Saturday afternoon. Downsides of this trail include a stretch following power lines, and reasonably close proximity to a road. I think this trail would be even better in the fall.

hiking
5 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

birding
5 months ago

especially great for birding. saw scarlet tanagers. beautiful trail

on Wolf Creek Trail

6 months ago

Michigan hiking is a joy

beautiful nice walk

Very nice trail. My pup and I had a great time hiking it. we didnt get to do much because it started to rain. We will definitely be going back.

7 months 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.

hiking
8 months 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

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful and the dunes were the best part

hiking
9 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
10 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
10 months ago

Best hiking trail in lower Michigan.

hiking
10 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
Thursday, November 16, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, September 28, 2017

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great views of the river!

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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. ❤❤❤❤

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

very nice trail did all 8 Miles on 9/Apr/2017 all but two trees cleared from the path. Very nice trail to have as my first trail of the year. Easy enough to follow, next time going to go through a little slower and get a few pictures.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Been running and training on this trail for years. Just challenging enough to keep it tough but gentle enough to keep it fun.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

The trail itself is slightly hard to follow in certain spots due to downed trees, but that just adds to the beauty of the area. Very large hemlock and even seedlings that have been planted by volunteer groups can be found. Easy access to the trail and restrooms off of Chase Bridge Road too!

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