Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Very nice trail!

beautiful trail, interesting things to see and cross, great for families. trails could be marked clearer.

Bluebird day for a nice hike through the woods. Trail is clear and an easy terrain.

Enjoyable winter hike that was relatively easy. The trail is well marked. There was heavy bike traffic so would recommend hiking opposite direction as indicated on trail markers per day of the week. My GPS recorded 7.7 miles.

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17 days ago

Pretty hike overall. The trail is relatively flat and easy overall. The trails are very well marked. There is some road noise and train whistles a few time during this hike. My GPS recorded nearly 8 miles around this loop, not 6.5 miles.

Great multi use trail. Perfect for your first ride or walk of the season. Also the trail goes West of Stockbridge into Munith and maybe further.

Awesome trail!
Very challenging with plenty of hills, rocks and roots.
Well marked trail and especially beautiful in the winter.
I will definitely be back!

I've been coming here for years to swim with my horses but have not been in the trails until last weekend. They are beautiful and offer different kinds of terrain. Bass river riders have done an amazing job grooming and maintaining all of the trails for horses .. you could easily spend an entire day here riding all over. In the summer, go early as there is quite the flutter of activity and can get quite warm (not a lot of tree coverage on some trails).

I hike here all the time. I love it

hiking
1 month ago

I have taken my dog there on numerous occasions and have truly enjoyed the diversity of terrains, woods, meadows, river environments, etc. The trails are marked well and carrying a map is helpful. You can't really get lost because everything cycles back. It isn't endless, but seems like it when you cover several miles of different terrain. Haven't been there during winter sledding season, but am looking forward to taking my grandsons. Can't say enough nice things about how well they maintain the trails, including having some trash barrels around. Dogs must be on leashes and pick up after them, which I do. Thank you for using tax dollars wisely.

Great trail! Definetly challenging. Hilly, Muddy, Rocky and lots of tree roots. Keeps you on your toes. We loved every mile.

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3 months ago

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Nice hike,,beautiful scenery,,easy hike,,this is a horse trail also,,so beware of the horse dropping’s!!..but its easy to see and walk around,,very first hike for me and my doggie,,just getting into the sport,,was really cool that the park put Halloween stuff through out the trail..

Bring your GPS. It’s easy to get off the main paths.

Parking is good and free at South branch camp grounds and the trail from south branch is Z/E to find. But when you cross Rollway Rd. Trail not marked I couldn't find it again!

3 months ago

Great trail for biking and seeing some wildlife.

Great little area with just over 2 miles of trails managed by the Legacy Land Conservancy. Mostly wooded and very secluded - deer, turkey and lots of smaller wildlife abound. Dog-friendly as well. Because of its morain topography the hills are a little steep, but not too difficult. Peaceful little corner of Washtenaw!

it seems very out of the city and deep woods like, loved this trail - it will be muddy after it rains for sure and a couple days after so be careful

3 months ago

Really liked the trail. Good variety of scenery. Would go again. Would recommend checking the map as there are other trails that you are on before and after this trail just so you don't get lost :)

backpacking
3 months ago

Great overnight solo trip. Trails were well marked. Hiked from Portage lake to Pine backcountry campground, about 12 miles on my phone, took 4 hours. unfortunately even though I paid for and reserved a site, they were all full when I arrived. Apparently some people just show up without paying. There was plenty of room to pitch a tent, but it also would have been nice to have my own flat site....
Overall, a great hike. Easily accessible to roads if needed. But you still feel like you’re in the wilderness.

Very challenging. Hilly. You’re sharing the trail with horses so watch where you step. Quite poorly marked and we got lost. But pretty and mostly quiet.

Nice easy trail almost anyone can enjoy it.

Great trail in SE Michigan. We did part of this trail this past weekend as a two day, one night hike. The bugs were not noticeable during the day. We did need to cover up while hanging out at camp though. Barely anyone on the trail although it was a beautiful weekend. Pines campground doesn't allow fires so we chose to spend our one night at Green Lake. We were pleased with our choice. Definitely want to check out this trail again soon.

Nice park for an easy hike/walk. Lots of different trail options for various length hikes.

A short and really beautiful trail. Cycling is also worth it.

My daughter and I hiked this on a Saturday morning. The weather was a bit cool, so great for hiking and very few bugs. We hiked the A-B-C trails, which was about 13 miles.

A - 3.8 miles
B - 5.9 miles
C - 2.4 miles
D - 3.8 miles

The trail is marked every 1/2 mile, but we did miss a few markers because they can be a bit hard to see. The "points of interest" really weren't and we did not "see" any of them. The trails go up and down, and switchback often. Lots of roots and rocks. There is not much change to the trails.

There were plenty of mountain bikes. They can get going down the hills with limited visibility, so a couple of times they came up on us fast.

Great trail. Considering what we have in southeast Michigan, this trail is a gem. On the Waterloo side, you have rugged trails that are hiking only, filled with good vegetation. That turns into horse trails, so look out for dung. Camped at the pines, which was just fantastic, and then booked it from the pines to blind lake the second day. This was my eighth night I’ve spent at blind lake. It’s a great campsite, with the exception of glampers getting dropped off with acoustic guitars this time. After blind lake, you have a pretty busy mountain biking trail and a short hike out.

Over all, I highly recommend this hike for late spring and all of fall. The insects would be pretty bad in the late summer, and the heat and mugginess make it a little unbearable.

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