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Sanilac Petroglyphs Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail located near Cass City, Michigan that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 22 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Walking Forest Views Wildlife Bridge out
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Kim Hill
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail but as some visitors found out, it is not suitable to hiking in flip flops. Although the trail has some small hills, there are many areas with surface roots and rocky outcrops to navigate. It is worth listening to the tour if you go when the Petroglyphs are open.

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Amanda Lee
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Elijah Chaim
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Hiking

Really beautiful trail and incredible petroglyphs. The trail goes along a beautiful little creek for quite a long way. Peefect length for us and our toddler.

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Laura Waskiewicz
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Hiking

Short, well kept trail witj a few interpertive signs and geological features.

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Angelia Walker
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HikingBugs

It was a really nice little trail and it’s shaded. Bathrooms are okay. You guide yourself through the trail. Very easy path directions. During COVID they are doing groups of 10 to go in the cave to see the petroglyphs.

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dreehudson User
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Hiking

The trail is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4. Very persuasive barrier. Appears to be guide directed every 30 minutes during hours.

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Joe Capuano
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Bird Watching

Nice little trail through pretty woods. Petroglyphs are closed though.

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Dani Duda
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Danielle Rowley
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Liz Cosby
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Kaitlyn Leo
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Lukas Kolakowski
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Hiking

Great trail that I've hiked many times. Good information about the history of the area on the signs scattered throughout the trail. Would recommend for anyone and everyone.

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Sarah Darling
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HikingBugs

A nice easy shorter hiking path, enjoy with some history markers near trailheads.

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KatyAnna Salcido
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HikingBugs

This trail has a beautiful view of the woods and Cass River. It’s a gravel path to start and then turns into trail once you start the loop. Most of the trail is very easy to walk, but there are some parts that are fairly rocky or have lots of roots to step around. If you just want an easy walk with some pretty water views, go right at the start of the loop and walk down to the bridge and back. That section was a lot less buggy too. On the other side we had more of a fly problem.

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Brandy Marter
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Really pretty and the rocks are extraordinary. Lots of bugs and mosquitoes.

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Pat O’Neill
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Yes the bridges are back but they are these huge things which seems way overkill. But I guess they don’t want them to wash away. Wood would have been more pleasing to the rustic surroundings. They also widened half the tail into a road now in order to get the bridge materials back there. Too bad as I feel the trail lost its charm.

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Nicole Desmond
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Hiking

Bridges are open again! Happy Hiking!!

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Benjamin Viers
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both bridges still out and rustic feel gone with addition of stone on trails.

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Hayley Peyerk
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Hiking

They have to fix the bridge soon, only a quarter of the trail is open. Otherwise it's a nice safe beautiful trail.

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Linda St. Germain
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Hiking

Nice flat trail with nice changes in scenery throughout. One of the bridges to cross the river is out, so to complete the entire trail you need to out and back both sides of the trail which doubles the miles. We completed both sides and due to its flatness, it was fairly easy.

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Julie Cameron
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Hiking

I am only giving this trail a three because there was a bridge out and we couldn't get past the river. We did try to find a way to cross it, but it was very wet that day, the river may have been high. We just back tracked and went to the other side of the loop. Plenty to explore there.

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Dan Kemp
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Hiking

I hike this trail at least two times a week with my dog and whoever else comes. Nice trail to get out and hike. Bridge has been down all year though. Park says it should be back up in the fall and they are adding new trails.

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Don Beavers
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Hiking

The Petroglyphs main hiking trail is a loop trail and not a out and back. If you consider the entrance trail which leads to the looped hiking trail it could be considered out and back. The trail is uneven ground with two swinging bridges over parts of the Cass River. There are interpretive signs along the way telling of the Michigan forest fires, the usage of the Cass River years ago, and of local fauna and wildlife.

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Rachel Lum
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Hiking
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The petroglyphs are right off from the parking but are only open Memorial Day to Labor Day on Wednesday to Sundays from 10am to 5pm. The hiking trail is always open. Even when closed you can still see petroglyphs, just not up close. And who knew there were petroglyphs in Michigan?!

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Lynette Jackson
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Emily Flores
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Jess Murray
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