Explore the most popular lake 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.

Nice mix of woods and bluffs. Keep going along a Sandy trail at the top for a longer hike. Lots of flowers and fine growth. Great views. Pretty easy trail even with a trick knee.

Amazing views of the forest and of Lake Superior

hiking
20 hours ago

Hiked this last week. We just went to the bluff and then back. Incline all the way to bluff. View was awesome! You can see North Manitou Island and North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse. Definitely worth the walk.

hiking
20 hours ago

This is a great trail. Very wide and just as described. Saw couples in flip flops walking it. Beautiful view of Lake Michigan.

trail running
1 day ago

I ran this trail today and is was pretty easy. it was not that hard to find where the trail picks back up, and was dry but I can see where it could be muddy after a good rain.

trail running
1 day ago

We did a trail run loop, parked at the west side of the red bridge (bridge still out). Clocked 20 miles without any side trips, took us 5 hours. It was a very very calm river day - We staged 2 small rafts on the east side and floated across; also could have swam across. Be warned - i could easily see this river having tougher/swifter conditions after a rain. Lovely forest trail with amazing river views. Previous reviews are accurate - NCT side has no water for most of this section. I’d say both sides are same difficulty, NCT has longer ups/downs but MRT has more roots, shorter ups/downs, and harder to navigate due to social trails and campsite side trails (when running we were forced to stop and check several times to ensure on right path). Have fun running among the trees & ferns & mushrooms!

hiking
1 day ago

I took a Unplanned Day trip Adventure with two of my boys ages 11 and 9. We pulled over to climb what we thought to be One big dune. Out of curiosity we kept on going and Our adventure ended up being Over three miles of 9 up hill dune climbs to Lake Michigan. 27 Trail marks one way. Bring Water and A Snack!

walking
2 days ago

A great, paved spot around the lake that’s perfect for a walk or run. There’s a cute detour to overlook the lake. Very popular, definitely not rough terrain for a hike.

Hiked, swam, trail ran a bit, camped. Tons of mosquitoes, flys, and another larger flying biting pest. Cool precession of moths as you move down the trail. Lots of tiny frogs.

Hardly anybody on trails was real nice.
Terrain was good (flat) but no issues.

Went on a 90 degree day (mid day) and the heat didn’t bother me, but some black flys ruined my run.

Had bug spray on, but that didn’t seem to help.

Think would be much better during a non-Black day attack aka different time of day or different season

very challenging. Highly recommend starting very early in the a.m. especially during the summer. Bring lots of water. My 7 y.o. walked in and out, however my 3 y.o. walked in and I shoulder carried him out. Easy for him but very challenging for Daddy.

Extremely difficult, please bring plenty of water. Beautiful water views at the end, but Dune Climb makes you work for it. Many quit after the first few inclines, so the water view was more secluded. Prepare to sweat!

Kinda hard to find, by the way it has a sign that labels it DTE trail or something. Be mindful as there are a lot of mountain bikers, and they have it set up so hikers walk the opposite direction, which lead to a couple times a fast biker with headphones almost slammed us.

A nice shaded hike to take my dogs. Very peaceful and relaxing.

love these trails for day hiking ❤

hiking
4 days ago

Nicely shaded and a couple of pretty views.

Decent trail for biking. It's crushed gravel at the start and is paved all around the lake. The trail was a little unclear at the Shelby rd. Intersection. You need to bike on the sidewalk a short ways until you can connect with he actual bike trail again.

Nice hike mostly wooded good trail!

hiking
4 days ago

Great walk with a buddy! It dead ends at the ‘turn around’. It’s nothing but mushy marshland, but you get a different perspective on the hike back to the beginning.

I went on a Friday and I only saw a handful of people. Very nice trails, although a couple of them were not marked/maintained well. I will be back!

Easy trail, my 7 and 10 year old had no problem doing the Black Arrow loop. Next time we plan to walk the extra beach portion.
Tons of mosquitoes so don’t forget your bug spray!

on Old Indian Trails

5 days ago

beautiful hike through the dunes, varied terrain and tree varieties

what a great trail. if you start at 1, it is very easy. the lady third of the trail becomes moderate. lots of places to sit to rest for a moment. there also is 3 rustic restrooms

Trail is flooded out and no longer passable.

5 days ago

This trail is super well marked. Be aware, it is very narrow most of the time with lots of blind curves and there are a lot of bikers. This is not specifically posted anywhere, but I would recommend hiking the opposite direction as the bikes so you have a better chance to see each other coming.

Easy hike with a beautiful view.

This is one of my fav local spots for hiking. Small hills are a nice challenge for beginners. There are wooden bridges for creek crossings. Can be muddy in the spring.

Very good diversity for a small trail, and. great for kids.

I really enjoy this park. It’s peaceful, the trees are beautiful, the trails are easy to walk, and the lookout area by the lake is great.

walking
6 days ago

Great short trail to walk, half shade half sun. A few cop bridges to go over and even caught a glimpse of wildlife. Only bad part was the fallen tree over the trail that I had to lift the stroller over. Other than that, would do again!

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