An endless variety of topography and ecosystems form the area called Seven Lakes. Its land was a combination of farmland, rolling hills and forests. About 230 acres of water with several miles of shoreline await the park user. The dam, formed one large lake from seven small lakes.

Walking the dog here, my wife and I chose this first due to the distance. We’ve been here three times now, the first being on a 40-45 degree day where the grounds were soft and wet in places and also in the mid 20s where everything is frozen. This is a great quick hike/trail run that offers ample amounts of hills and a ton of great views to make the 2 miles go by extremely fast. It’s a great go to trail if you’re short on time but want a quick workout because of the few hills offered.

hiking
6 days ago

My wife and I walked our dog here on a brisk 28 degree day. Parking in the scenic overlook lot and taking a right to lead us through some wooded areas, around the gathering areas with pavilions, past the dam and beaches was boring. Once we got past the beach area the trail turned into a much better walk than it had started filled with wooded areas, tighter trails and plenty of sites. My GPS only tallied 3.7 miles but I would recommend this to anyone as it was an easier trail with minimal ascents and descents to be concerned about.

Dec 17, 2018:
There are a number of spots to begin this hodge podge of trails connecting to form a loop around Big Seven Lake; I chose to park at the overlook and went clockwise. Trail is well marked, for the most part, and plenty muddy. Nice hike overall.

really beautiful scenery. more challenging of a hike for a beginner but very good to work on elevations and uneven terrain. mosquitoes were a little bad but not unbearable considering we didn't wear bug spray. a good hike. We messed up and missed the spot to get back on the trail and followed the road too lon g so our hike was only 3.6 miles.

hiking
4 months ago

beautiful trails. great walk. only downfall is having to pay to hike there. should mention its not free unless you have a state park pass.

mountain biking
5 months ago

riding the road is busy... hit the path. i wish it was marked a little better. to moderate for a 5 year old but we for sure will be back when she aquires a few more skills

hiking
5 months ago

4.6 miles, moderate, a lot of elevation for a novice hiker! Had a blast, but planned on the 3.7 mile hike... (based on alltrails info)

trail running
6 months ago

I ran this trail today and is was pretty easy. it was not that hard to find where the trail picks back up, and was dry but I can see where it could be muddy after a good rain.

hiking
6 months ago

I trail ran this, starting at post 15 to head clockwise around big seven lake loop. According to my apple watch it was 4.6 miles and accumulation of 449ft in elevation climbs. I did not consider this easy! Beware Alltrails should change that difficulty rating to moderate. The upside was the beautiful views of lakes and the ups and downs in the woods were a great challenge for trail runners. The downside was it sometimes gets boring when it opens into grassy fields and picnic areas. I can see how it might be tricky to follow at times, but if you study the trail post numbers on the map before you head out you'll be fine, michigan dnr state park map has a nice map online.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike, I recommend going in after the beach, the backside of the lake is pretty cool.

hiking
7 months ago

I thought this trail was awesome, considering there isn’t anything in the area even close to as cool. Not sure why the other ratings are low, perhaps they aren’t doing it right lol.

Did 4-mile trail around big lake. Good hike; I recommend bug spray and good waterproof shoes; some muddy spots...

Muddy. Nice wildflowers in May. Bug spray may be needed

Never many people, it’s beautiful, family friendly and close drive for most people.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful sunny day, walk the 3.7 miles. 40% was muddy, use a walking stick, it will be more fun. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Nice trail. Decent elevation changes.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Easy trail walk! Very nice view of the lakes.

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Some of the trails are pretty covered in brush but overall good hiking easy for kids.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Pretty nice hike my favorite path is from the boat launch on big seven all the way around the south side of the lake to the crossing between big seven and little seven.

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Several great trails and fishing, swimming, camping. I've hiked it in spring, fall, winter, huge difference in appearance. Pretty easy trails could be marked better in some areas.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

Half the trail you was great. Secluded, lake and stream views, beaver dam, rolling hills through the woods. The other half was ok but not great. Trail is well maintained and has markers.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

This is a great trail for getting out and getting some exercise. The trail is well marked except for the areas that go through the picnic and beach area. Along the the trail there are beautiful views of the lake.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Fun trail! Some nice hilly areas. Saw a 7 foot blue racer last week!

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

We took our dogs on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The trails are mostly wooded, quiet and easy to hike. We did an about 3.5 miles hike, see picture. There is a beach as well as many picnic areas. You'll need a recreational passport.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This is my day-to-day hiking trail since I can hike to it in about 4 minutes. Nice trail, very well marked (maps are located at each intersection which is numbered), and well groomed with a couple exceptions. Paper maps are located at the Ranger station and entry booth. The terrain varies from flat prairie-like conditions to some slightly rugged, hilly areas amongst the trees located primarily on the eastern/southern edge of Big Seven Lake. Lots of small marshes and views across the lake await anybody that ventures around the main loop (about 3.7 miles long). To do the whole loop requires walking along a small road and the beach for about 1/2 mile. Not bad, but it takes you out of the wilderness. Smaller loops are available by starting at Dickenson Shelter which is the first road to the left after main entrance booth.

Overall a very nice set of trails to venture out on. Plan a swim in the lake afterwards, or even rent a kayak from the concession area after your hike to round out a great trip.

on Seven Lakes Loop

paddle sports
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Nice

on Seven Lakes Loop

paddle sports
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Pretty cool

on Seven Lakes Loop

paddle sports
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Okay

hiking
Monday, September 14, 2015

Some of the trails are not marked clearly but it's a very beautiful place! Lots to explore I have fished the lakes often just started hiking the trails. Love it!

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