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Best trails in Manistee National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Manistee National Forest, Michigan? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 10 easy trails in Manistee National Forest ranging from 1.1 to 24.5 miles and from 606 to 941 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Manistee National Forest
Top trails (20)
#1 - North Country Trail: Manistee River Section
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 19.8 mi • Est. 9 h 30 m
North Country Trail: Manistee River Section is a 19.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Harrietta, Michigan that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a Show more
#2 - North Country Trail: Michigan 20 to South Nichols Lake
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
North Country Trail: Michigan 20 to South Nichols Lake is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near White Cloud, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moShow more
#3 - Birch Grove Connector Trail and North Country Trail Loop
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
Loda Lake is a 1.2 mile trail that connects with the Birch Grove Trail that is a connector loop for the North Country Trail. The self guided wildflower trail consists of a short .5 mile loop and the lShow more
#4 - North Country Trail: Croton Dam to Oak Drive
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
This trail may be walked point-to-point or out and back. Plentiful parking is available in Kimble County Park at the NCT Trailhead. Trail is primarily packed earth and gravel. Most of the elevation gaShow more
#5 - Big M Trail
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 15.4 mi • Est. 6 h 52 m
Big M Trail is a 15.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manistee, Michigan that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is acceShow more
#6 - North Country Trail: US 10 to County Line
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 25.6 mi • Est. 10 h 57 m
North Country Trail: US 10 to County Line is a 25.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Branch, Michigan that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and Show more
#7 - North Country Trail - M20 to Echo Dr
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
North Country Trail - M20 to Echo Dr is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hesperia, Michigan that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a numbShow more
#8 - North Country Trail: Red Pine to 20 mile
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Simple hike from Red Pine to 20 mile. nice smooth trail. seems to follow water, which makes it a mosquito heaven. Bring bug spray! Show more
#9 - Bowman Lake Trail
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 29 m
Bowman Lake Trail is a 1.1 mile loop trail located near Baldwin, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from AprShow more
#10 - Manistee River Trail: Seaton Creek to Red Bridge
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 7 m
The Manistee River Trail is one of the staple trails in Michigan. Great for backpackers of all levels as it has many dynamic changes. Good for training as it has many elevation changes but is a safe aShow more
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