Best trails in Michigan

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Trying to find the best Michigan trails? AllTrails has 1,246 great hiking trails, trail 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. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Isle Royale National Park or around Ann Arbor, Marquette or Ontonagon we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Michigan state park trails, check out Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Bird Hills Nature Area near Ann Arbor or Warren Townsend Park near Rockford. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 855 easy trails in Michigan ranging from 0.6 to 71.3 miles and from 574 to 1,850 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Mosquito Falls and Chapel Falls via Chapel Loop
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 35 m
Several hikes are available in this area, depending on what trails you take and how long you wish to walk. Waterfalls into Lake Superior near Chapel Rock. Please be aware that users have reported that there is a $180 fine for bringing dogs on the trail.Show more
#2 - The Manistee River Loop Trail
Manistee National Forest
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Length: 19.3 mi • Est. 9 h 4 m
Easily one of the best backpacking trails in Lower Michigan. It is almost always busy on the Manistee River Trail side, campsites are often doubled or even tripled up. The waterfall site 2 miles south of the suspension bridge is great. Be sure to pack water as it is quite the hike up, down, and around the ravines. Once in a while you'll see a mountain biker. In the first couple of miles there are some decent sights in the higher hills especially near reds hill. The nice part of the NCT is you can camp anywhere really, although camping in a ravine isn't too rewarding. You'll cross a couple of roads and reach Eldridge Creek which offers water for the first time along with a decent campsite in some pines on the west side of the creek. After passing the Marilla trail junction you start heading to the MRT and finally get to see the Manistee River after about 9 miles of hiking in ravines. You cross over the Suspension Bridge and reach the MRT, at the campground (north trail) you might want to stop for water as they offer a well. The MRT hugs the river for the duration of the southward trip back to red bridge. You'll more than likely set up camp with a couple neighbors unless you want to be a loner. The sound of the river and the proximity of the campsites to water make for an easy night of sleeping. A great trail that is well worth a drive anywhere that you live in Michigan. Keep the great outdoors great and pack out your trash.Show more
#3 - Empire Bluff Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
#4 - Marsh Trail, River, Red, and Blue Trails Loop
Proud Lake Recreation Area
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
#5 - Penosha Trail
Brighton State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
#6 - Crooked Lake Trail
Pinckney Recreation Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
This loop is part of the Potawatomi Trail. It also circles Crooked lake and intersects with several other trails, such as the Silver Lake trail. Terrain ranges from flat, well packed dirt to boardwalk to sand, to rugged hills. It is a very good training loop for cross country running, as well as conditioning hikes. There are some wonderful views along the trail, as well as a camping area should you wish to camp there. It is important to note that this trail is open during hunting season, so take appropriate precautions.Show more
#7 - Escarpment Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
During the winter months, the trailhead may be closed. There is alternate parking 2 miles before the trailhead on 107th memorial highway. The Escarpment Trail can be directly accessed via 3 trailheads, and makes up a portion of Porcupine Mountains State Park's very robust trail and backpacking system. Several of the other trails can be accessed via Escarpment Trail. The westernmost 2 miles of this trail follows the ridgeline to the north of Lake of the Clouds, which is easily the most scenic - and visited - place in Porcupine Mountain State Park. If you're planning to visit this portion of the park be prepared for large crowds as Lake of the Clouds offers some incredible photo opportunities. The other two trailheads are located just off of the road (M-107) approximately two and four miles east of the Lake of the Clouds parking area.Show more
#8 - Potawatomi Trail
Pinckney Recreation Area
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Length: 17.4 mi • Est. 7 h 49 m
#9 - Miners Falls Trail
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 35 m
#10 - Bird Hills Trail
Bird Hills Nature Area
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
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