Explore the most popular forest 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.

trail running
15 hours ago

Absolutely gorgeous forest! Flowers which attract butterflies. Deer. Paved path with some hills. Well maintained. Bathrooms on the southern end.

Did this with two friends in early August 2017. Had a fantastic time, although this was our first major backpacking trip so we all carried too much food/gear and our packs were all 50+ lbs.
Compared to local Detroit trails, the Greenstone is physically demanding, but compared to most mountain trails, it really isn't that bad. The terrain is never really flat - it's constantly either up or down slope, but it is rarely steep.

We had a lot of fun stargazing and seeing the Perseids meteor shower. There wasn't much light pollution at all, but there were lots of high altitude airplanes flying by, which kind of ruined the remote feeling while stargazing.

The trail goes through multiple types of forests and it goes from easier to harder as you head from West to East.

This is a great trail with lots of peaceful clearings, winding loops, and quiet river scenes. There are lots of mosquitoes after wet weather, so use bug spray.

Enjoyed this hike with family including 2-, 3-, and 7-year-old and several young adults. There are a lot of trails and we needed the app GPS to get back on track, but some nice stops would have been missed if we hadn't strayed a bit . The "old man of the mountain" (a local) led us to the East Bay overlook and we went off-trail for most of the fairy gardens and a nice flower garden. We never actually found the trailhead, but found a parking area behind The Commons that brought us close. Paths were mostly wooded so it wasn't as hot as I feared at midday.

Nice trail. Easy walking. Good variety of scenery. Trail markings are so-so, but the app kept me on track

walking
2 days ago

Gotta do it! The trees are fabulous. Tom and Joyce

Recorded this hike as 6.23 miles. Moderate but with some challenging uphill spots. Some trees down along the trail but passable Best to keep a close eye on your blue trail markers as the trail is not overly groomed. Be sure to use your big dope and hydrate. Joyce and Tom

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.

Nice trail. Beautiful scenery. Saw deer by the river. An important factor for me were the porta-jons along the trail.

I usually do the perimeter of this loop system. it definitely is fun, a mostly wooded, moderate trail. porta jon at the parking area. even when the parking area is full I don't usually run into a lot of people. one of my top 3 for the area.

Outstanding views!

Great shorter hike through the woods. The hills make it more of a challenge for a beginner like myself. Well kept up and close to home.

walking
3 days ago

Used to live a block away from this park. It was a really nice place to go walking. There were a lot of paths their so you could make the walk longer or shorter as desired.

As nice as it is, I considered this a nice local park. I don't see it as a destination I would drive far to in order to go for a walk through it.

trail running
3 days ago

Lots of shade and easy to run. Ground is generally level.

Awesome trail with something for everyone. Really neat wooded nature section with pretty side trails. Saw Eastern Grey Squirrels, Tree Swallows, Northern Flickers, Bluejays, possibly a Great Crested Flycatcher, and more. In addition to the nature area, this trail passes a half pipe and bike jump course, basketball courts/baseball diamond, playgrounds, large trees, and more. Really diverse and always something to see. So glad I keep finding these cool places in the middle of urban/neighborhood areas. Nice thing about the mile loop is that you can keep track of your miles manually every time you "pass go". Unfortunately you do not also get $200. Haha! Had a great time.

Simply unbelievable. The moment when you leave the forested area and see the pictured rocks for the first time is breathtaking.

road biking
3 days ago

Great place to visit and ride bikes to.

Nice well maintained trail that is good for all skill levels

Very easy mostly shaded trail in figure 8 style with shortcuts that are good for families with small children. Nice woodland setting with a small shallow stream running through it.

Great for beginners

Fantastic trail. Started at Seaton Creek. I worked my way south down he MRT. Fantastic views from not only the river banks and overlooks, but inside the forests as well. Fairly rugged terrain, so I recommend a sturdy set of shoes. Also great spots to stop and swim in the river. On the MRT side, campsite 8b is the best. It backs up to the river for easy access to the water, plenty of space, and great shade.

Great easy trail. The art is interesting and plenty of tree coverage.

Amazing scenery

Easy trail....well marked. Nice well shaded day hike

Amazing views from the summit

Amazing views!

mountain biking
4 days ago

These trails are super fun. Mostly easy climbs, a little technical in sections of single-track switchbacks, and the sand in sections requires some peddling. Beginner or expert, these trails can entertain anybody, except hikers. They are indeed multi-use, but the bikers really out number all others.

Really nice trail, clear of most debris and well marked even when intersecting with other trails.
Note that the 3.7 Mile distance is one way! I didn’t read the description well enough and thought it was 3.7 total (out and back).

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail.

hiking
4 days ago

This is a nice medium length trail for hiking. Nice forest to travel through and the view of Pickerel Lake is very nice.

Oddly enough there are no good views of Crooked Lake on this trail without walking over to the campground.

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