Explore the most popular forest trails near Middleville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Fun trail, passed about three groups of people on a beautiful Saturday afternoon around three. Agree with the moderate rating as there were roots and inclines! Took pictures along the way. Saw deer first thing. Well marked path and will definitely be back to take some of the off shoot trails.


2 months ago

Great trail to start the day (Actually Halls Lake Trail). First time walking this trail and I'm definitely coming back to do this one and connecting trails. I say it was Easy-Moderate; there are some up hill walks, but not too bad. It seems like a great trail for hiking and trail running. Hall Lake also provides a beautiful view. Definitely a lot of mosquitos, so I suggest wearing deep woods off if you want to avoid bites.

4 months ago

This lake is so pretty, no houses and minimal people, great hike and beautiful scenery!

Great trail overall, good for little kids to explore. I love the Yankee Springs Recreation Area, live here my whole life so it’s nice to have some of theses hidden gems to check out, speaking of which, must see the devils soup bowl while hiking graves hill!

5 months ago

1.8 miles. Part of the trail is along the lake.

Great views!

Fun trail. Fair amount of ups and downs with some roots and rocks. Ran bike path. Good workout.

Nice single track trail with mild ups and downs. Solid traffic during peak season.

Great for Mt Biking

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Overall not the most exciting trail, lacks any wow factor along with being a point to point results in a lackluster trail.

You can reach this trail at the western terminus/trailhead which is on gun lake road across from the gun lake campground and a short distance from the ranger station. There is a small parking lot that should be hard to miss. I choose the eastern terminus which starts at hall lake loop which can be accessed off of Norris road which leads to the Devils soup bowl. The trail (green markers) on the eastern end starts and is shared as the North Country Trail (blue markers/rectangles) for 1/2 a mile or so. You cross Norris road and long lake road as you head west. The NCT trail links with Chief Noon-a-day trail (white markers) and you continue west through the woods passing though pines and an clearing with purple thorns. You slowly descend until you reach 1/2 mile boardwalk which goes through low lying flood plains. You can see Long Lake from a distance but you never have an opportunity to get close until you reach the western terminus. The boardwalk itself is slippery so be careful as it is moss covered and appears to be old (still in very good shape!). After the boardwalk you have another 1/4 mile or so until you reach the trailhead. After reaching the trailhead you must turn back and make the 2.1ish mile hike back to Hall Lake Trail.

You can camp at the modern Gun Lake Campground or at the rustic Long Lake Camp. Overall this trail was pretty easy, the marsh near the boardwalk would be teeming with mosquitos during the warmer months. Yankee Springs has plenty of better than this.

As mentioned, this is actually the Hall Lake Trail Loop, roughly 2 miles long. Heavily trafficked. Most people on the trial are day use and with their dogs or small children. Very easily accessed by way of gun lake road onto Norris which is a muddy dirt road that also leads to the long lake center and Devils soup bowl.

The trial itself leads through a mostly level trail that passes a small stream that feeds into Hall Lake. After a half mile or so you finally get to see Hall Lake and it doesn't disappoint. It's a beautiful lake with 2 islands that. I wish I could of ventured out to the island, but with the mild winter day (60 degrees) I didn't trust the ice. The trail hugs the lake for a while until it leads to graves hill. Graves hill does not have a lookout and doesn't offer anything too special in my opinion (unless I missed something). The trail has signs posted to link with the Devils soup bowl/Deep Lake Trail, although the signs say 15 minutes it's more like 5. I'd recommend any first timer on Hall Lake to make the short side hike to Devils Soup Bowl as it one of the highlights at Yankee Springs. The trial turns south after the Soup Bowl Parking Lot and you will pass Graves Hill Again and the terminus of Long Lake Trail. The trail will go up a hill or two and Norris road is usually visible/audible to you the west of the trial. The trail says an hour, but in reality you can complete it easily in 40-45 minutes.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Completed multiple loops on a beautiful Mid-Jan day where the temps hit 60. Started at the Hall Lake/Long Lake Trailhead. Links with the Deep Lake Mountain/Hiking Trail past the Devils Soup Bowl (large depression/valley that highlights Yankee Springs). Once on Deep Lake Trail Loop in links with Deep Lake Road for 3/4 mile which is extremely muddy. It jets off of the road looping around a rustic campsite with plenty of sites that look to be frequented by campers during the warmer months. After snaking around the campsite and deep lake you link with the Mountain Bike Staging area. The trail then is shared with Mountain Bikers for a mile or two before linking back at the Devil's Soup Bowl. You can choose to link back with Hall Lake Loop at this point to complete a 6-7 mile loop or cross over to the Long Lake Trail that shares the NCT for 1/2 mile or so. you reach a slippery boardwalk and are offered limited views of long lake. After two miles on the trial you link with the Gun Lake Campground that offers modern camping or the rustic Long Lake campsite. Another 2 miles back to the junction with Hall Lake and you can complete the last mile or so. Overall you can stretch an afternoon at Yankee Springs to a 12 mile loop (4-5 mile there and back with long lake trail).

Not a bad trail system, marked very well. bugs would most likely feast during the warmer months with lakes and wetlands in abundance.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Technically this is the Hall Lake Trail. It's the most scenic of any of the trails in the Yankee Springs area and also, the most used. Part of this trail pairs up with The North Country Trail. It's a nice hike and the portion along Hall Lake is very pretty year round.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Hike this trail every chance I get!

Very beautiful day, and the woods keep the trails pretty cool. Lots of bikers the day we went, but everyone was friendly and stayed out of each other's ways. There are lots of splits in the trails, so come prepared to navigate a little bit. All in all, I had a great time and really enjoyed the trails. I would recommend to everyone I know and will definitely be coming back.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

There is a lot of different intersections to the trails. The upkeep of overgrowth is kind of back and forth. Sometimes the two tracks are the easier routes to take. A couple of lakes around the trail make for good scenery.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

We hiked a loop to Devil's Soup Bowl then cut out on a snowmobile trail & road walked back to parking area. State park map isn't to scale (finding that a lot in MI) but better than nothing. Hiked down into the glacial depression, but pretty rough back up. Loved being on the NCT portion and finding unique boulders! Definitely coming back & definitely bringing DEET. Our homemade bug spray just didn't hack the elevated portion through the swamp!

Didn't see a single biker but it was raining. Did see some trail runners who were participating in a time trial. Kudos to them!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lots of horseflies-wear a hat!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Great trails and good orienteering course. Great for camping they have rustic and electric. Great place to go for the weekend that is not far away.

mountain biking
Monday, July 29, 2013

A nice and easy early ride.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A good place to test out new skis or snow shoes.

mountain biking
Monday, April 04, 2011

Fast fun singletrack

it was a beautiful area but a rather easy hike. enjoyable little loop but if you want something great it's not worth it unless you are new to the area and want a short trip

15 days ago

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