Best beach trails in Michigan

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Explore the most popular beach trails in Michigan with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of beach trails in Michigan
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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
Chapel Loop takes you to both Mosquito Falls and Chapel Falls, with stunning views and options to pit stop at Mosquito Beach and Chapel Beach along the way. Start early from the large parking area so you can enjoy lots of time at each scenic overlook. Some parts of the trail run right along the cliff edge on Lake Superior, but not so much that it’s entirely dangerous. Chapel Beach at the bottom is the perfect treat for a long trek. Bring a swimsuit! Once you’re finished, catch Chapel Rock Trail back to the starting point. This route is around ten miles round trip, but there are many trails leading to various points around Chapel basin, so it is easy to customize your trip based on your needs. Dogs, however, are not allowed and users have reported there is a $180 fine for bringing dogs on the trail.Show more
#2 - Empire Bluff Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
#3 - Saugatuck Dunes South Trail
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
$9 fee for non-residents to park A day-use park along a secluded strip of Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers 1,000 acres of land with 2.5 miles of shore line. The Lake Michigan beach is a 0.6 mile hike from the picnic parking area. In addition, the park has fresh water coastal dunes that are over 200 feet tall. The park's terrain varies from steep slopes to rolling hills. The park, located in Allegan County, is relatively undeveloped. The land for Saugatuck Dunes was acquired in 1971 from the Augustinian Order, who used the buildings as a seminary. When the state took ownership, the structures were used as a prison and state police offices.Show more
#4 - Grand Marais to Munising via North Country Trail
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Length: 41.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This trail includes sand dunes, cliffs, wooded areas, rivers, mud, uphill, and downhill. This area is good anytime from early spring to late fall. It is recommended to not go in early June, as that is when the flies are in the area and they are bad, almost intolerable at times. Go early May or wait until July when the flies have moved further south. There is so many great things about this trail. Water falls are everywhere. Fantastic views no matter where you look. One of the best beaches users have ever seen is at the Little Beaver Lake trailhead. The trail head points users to the left toward beaver lake, the main trail keeps going straight, but if turning right and go through the small cluster of trees, users will come out on a deserted white sand beach along Lake Superior. It's like walking into another world. The water is crystal blue and the sand is white and completely untouched. Show more
#5 - Warren Dunes Trail
Warren Dunes State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
Warren Dunes has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round. It also has a dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake with spectacular views and 1,952 acres of recreational opportunity. Show more
#6 - Chapel Falls and Chapel Beach
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
This route can be made into a much longer loop by turning west at Chapel Beach and walking along the coast before turning east and heading back to the parking area.Show more
#7 - Rosy Mound Natural Area Trail
Rosy Mound Recreation Area
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 59 m
Parking Fee: $8 if visiting between Memorial Day and Labor Day.Show more
#8 - Lakeshore Park (Novi Tree Farm) Trail
Lakeshore Park
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Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Downloading the offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well. For mountain bikers, this trail is closer to a moderate difficulty rating.Show more
#9 - Grand Island Loop
Hiawatha National Forest
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Length: 21.2 mi • Est. 9 h 13 m
The island has a number of trails and designated camping zones, sites cost $8. Reservations for campsites must be made at recreation.govShow more
#10 - Sleeping Bear Point Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
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