Looking for a great trail in Yankee Springs Recreation Area, Michigan? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest 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 7 easy trails in Yankee Springs Recreation Area ranging from 0.8 to 12.7 miles and from 751 to 977 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Three special points of interest in Yankee Springs are: Devil's Soupbowl, a glacially carved kettle formation, Graves Hill Overlook and The Pines. The park has mountain biking, horseback riding trails, fishing piers, beaches and nine lakes for fishing and lots of winter activities.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

trail running
snow
24 days ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Took our dogs and 3 kids ages 4-8 and we all had a good time. We didn’t do the whole thing because it was getting dark but it was a very nice rustic trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice enough trail. When it goes to a seasonal road it is very easy to loose the trail. Lots of trail signs that make it kid of confusing.

hiking
4 months ago

nice trail around the lake

trail running
5 months ago

Not my favorite run as the long board walk has some sections that are loose and springboard like. May be slippery if it were wet. Otherwise the slight hills were fun and challenging.

6 months ago

It is an awesome Hike. It is not stoller friendly, however. There are some very steep hills that have big roots. the paths can be quiet narrow too.

6 months ago

We love to trail run here.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Fun first time. I have never mountain bikes before. Had a blast

Fun trail, passed about three groups of people on a beautiful Saturday afternoon around three. Agree with the moderate rating as there were roots and inclines! Took pictures along the way. Saw deer first thing. Well marked path and will definitely be back to take some of the off shoot trails.

beautiful.

on Sassafras Trail

walking
6 months ago

Good signage and information about the flora. Bring bug repellent.

Great trail to start the day (Actually Halls Lake Trail). First time walking this trail and I'm definitely coming back to do this one and connecting trails. I say it was Easy-Moderate; there are some up hill walks, but not too bad. It seems like a great trail for hiking and trail running. Hall Lake also provides a beautiful view. Definitely a lot of mosquitos, so I suggest wearing deep woods off if you want to avoid bites.

hiking
10 months ago

This lake is so pretty, no houses and minimal people, great hike and beautiful scenery!

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty scenery, and pretty remote, you feel secluded for what it has to offer. All of Yankee Springs Recreation Area trails are well maintained and worth the travel!

Great trail overall, good for little kids to explore. I love the Yankee Springs Recreation Area, live here my whole life so it’s nice to have some of theses hidden gems to check out, speaking of which, must see the devils soup bowl while hiking graves hill!

on Deep Lake Trail

10 months ago

Great trail but if you start at the mountain bike trailhead (or the campground) and follow the orange signs, it’s only a 4.5 mile loop. I believe you have to branch off on a mountain bike path to get 10 miles

11 months ago

1.8 miles. Part of the trail is along the lake.

hiking
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Great views!

mountain biking
Monday, October 30, 2017

we road mountain bike every week for one summer

hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

This is my first review and am learning the system. Wasn't sure where to post since we walked on both the Hall Lake Trail and the Deep Lake Trail.

It was a gorgeous day and we had a great afternoon hiking the trails. We parked in the lot off of Gun Lake Road at the entrance to the Hall Lake Trail. We took Hall Lake Trail past Hall Lake (beautiful & calm, saw a family picnicking on the shoreline) and then up to Devil's Soup Bowl. From there, we turned right and took the Deep Lake Trail. This is where we ran into a problem. Somehow we got off the hiking trail and onto the mountain bike trail so I would recommend really keeping your eye out for the split. As the trail neared Gun Lake Road, we exited the trail onto Gun Lake Road and walked down it for about a mile until turning right on the North Country Trail near Hall Lake. We skirted the edge of Hall Lake and turned left back to parking lot. All in all, it took about 5.5 miles. Next time, will try to find a way to go on both Hall Lake and Deep Lake Trail without going on Gun Lake Road.

trail running
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fun trail. Fair amount of ups and downs with some roots and rocks. Ran bike path. Good workout.

trail running
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ran this for a 5 mile loop, many shortcuts throughout trail to make loops for desired mileage. Nice verdure forest, some views of deep lake. Lots of pines and ferns throughout trail. Decent gain and loss. Look out for mountain bikers.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Beautiful place! Will definitely visit again.

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Great trail. We hiked about 6.5 miles of it and biked the first two, but several times the very confusing signage along the trail took us on a different route than shown in map. It is actually about 13 miles if you do the entire loop, not 10.8.
Many short cuts, options and links to other trails, but again, not well signed at all. There are directional arrows on the trail for mountain bikers, but the direction changes depending on the day of the week.
The trail is beautiful and well maintained. Many sandy (beach like) sections and the mountain biking is moderately difficult. The signs along the trail are the only real problem with this trail. There are old signs and new signs and they often contradicted each other. The park offers old blurry maps that have been photo copied too many times.

Nice single track trail with mild ups and downs. Solid traffic during peak season.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

We love this trail and the ones nearby. There are so many to explore. I recommend to everyone.

Great for Mt Biking

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Overall not the most exciting trail, lacks any wow factor along with being a point to point results in a lackluster trail.

You can reach this trail at the western terminus/trailhead which is on gun lake road across from the gun lake campground and a short distance from the ranger station. There is a small parking lot that should be hard to miss. I choose the eastern terminus which starts at hall lake loop which can be accessed off of Norris road which leads to the Devils soup bowl. The trail (green markers) on the eastern end starts and is shared as the North Country Trail (blue markers/rectangles) for 1/2 a mile or so. You cross Norris road and long lake road as you head west. The NCT trail links with Chief Noon-a-day trail (white markers) and you continue west through the woods passing though pines and an clearing with purple thorns. You slowly descend until you reach 1/2 mile boardwalk which goes through low lying flood plains. You can see Long Lake from a distance but you never have an opportunity to get close until you reach the western terminus. The boardwalk itself is slippery so be careful as it is moss covered and appears to be old (still in very good shape!). After the boardwalk you have another 1/4 mile or so until you reach the trailhead. After reaching the trailhead you must turn back and make the 2.1ish mile hike back to Hall Lake Trail.

You can camp at the modern Gun Lake Campground or at the rustic Long Lake Camp. Overall this trail was pretty easy, the marsh near the boardwalk would be teeming with mosquitos during the warmer months. Yankee Springs has plenty of better than this.

As mentioned, this is actually the Hall Lake Trail Loop, roughly 2 miles long. Heavily trafficked. Most people on the trial are day use and with their dogs or small children. Very easily accessed by way of gun lake road onto Norris which is a muddy dirt road that also leads to the long lake center and Devils soup bowl.

The trial itself leads through a mostly level trail that passes a small stream that feeds into Hall Lake. After a half mile or so you finally get to see Hall Lake and it doesn't disappoint. It's a beautiful lake with 2 islands that. I wish I could of ventured out to the island, but with the mild winter day (60 degrees) I didn't trust the ice. The trail hugs the lake for a while until it leads to graves hill. Graves hill does not have a lookout and doesn't offer anything too special in my opinion (unless I missed something). The trail has signs posted to link with the Devils soup bowl/Deep Lake Trail, although the signs say 15 minutes it's more like 5. I'd recommend any first timer on Hall Lake to make the short side hike to Devils Soup Bowl as it one of the highlights at Yankee Springs. The trial turns south after the Soup Bowl Parking Lot and you will pass Graves Hill Again and the terminus of Long Lake Trail. The trail will go up a hill or two and Norris road is usually visible/audible to you the west of the trial. The trail says an hour, but in reality you can complete it easily in 40-45 minutes.

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