Yankee Springs Recreation Area Trail

EASY 25 reviews

Yankee Springs Recreation Area Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Middleville, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
761 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

trail running
9 months ago

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Great for Mt Biking

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Completed multiple loops on a beautiful Mid-Jan day where the temps hit 60. Started at the Hall Lake/Long Lake Trailhead. Links with the Deep Lake Mountain/Hiking Trail past the Devils Soup Bowl (large depression/valley that highlights Yankee Springs). Once on Deep Lake Trail Loop in links with Deep Lake Road for 3/4 mile which is extremely muddy. It jets off of the road looping around a rustic campsite with plenty of sites that look to be frequented by campers during the warmer months. After snaking around the campsite and deep lake you link with the Mountain Bike Staging area. The trail then is shared with Mountain Bikers for a mile or two before linking back at the Devil's Soup Bowl. You can choose to link back with Hall Lake Loop at this point to complete a 6-7 mile loop or cross over to the Long Lake Trail that shares the NCT for 1/2 mile or so. you reach a slippery boardwalk and are offered limited views of long lake. After two miles on the trial you link with the Gun Lake Campground that offers modern camping or the rustic Long Lake campsite. Another 2 miles back to the junction with Hall Lake and you can complete the last mile or so. Overall you can stretch an afternoon at Yankee Springs to a 12 mile loop (4-5 mile there and back with long lake trail).

Not a bad trail system, marked very well. bugs would most likely feast during the warmer months with lakes and wetlands in abundance.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Hike this trail every chance I get!

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Very beautiful day, and the woods keep the trails pretty cool. Lots of bikers the day we went, but everyone was friendly and stayed out of each other's ways. There are lots of splits in the trails, so come prepared to navigate a little bit. All in all, I had a great time and really enjoyed the trails. I would recommend to everyone I know and will definitely be coming back.

hiking
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

There is a lot of different intersections to the trails. The upkeep of overgrowth is kind of back and forth. Sometimes the two tracks are the easier routes to take. A couple of lakes around the trail make for good scenery.

hiking
Sunday, June 21, 2015

We hiked a loop to Devil's Soup Bowl then cut out on a snowmobile trail & road walked back to parking area. State park map isn't to scale (finding that a lot in MI) but better than nothing. Hiked down into the glacial depression, but pretty rough back up. Loved being on the NCT portion and finding unique boulders! Definitely coming back & definitely bringing DEET. Our homemade bug spray just didn't hack the elevated portion through the swamp!

Didn't see a single biker but it was raining. Did see some trail runners who were participating in a time trial. Kudos to them!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lots of horseflies-wear a hat!

camping
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Great trails and good orienteering course. Great for camping they have rustic and electric. Great place to go for the weekend that is not far away.

mountain biking
Monday, July 29, 2013

A nice and easy early ride.

mountain biking
Monday, April 04, 2011

Fast fun singletrack

4 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

9 months ago

snowshoeing
Sunday, December 25, 2016

hiking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

mountain biking
Thursday, October 15, 2015