Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

beautiful.

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

camping
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.

mountain biking
Monday, April 04, 2011

Fast fun singletrack

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

on Hall Lake Loop

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2 months ago

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