Explore the most popular paddle sports 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.

Easily done in two days by canoe. It’s nicer at a slower pace. It’s beautiful but is too busy for my liking at times.

Beautiful river and we did over night at government island

This place it awesome for hiking and taking landscape photography.

A pleasant walk, very flat with mostly meadow views. The path is primarily paved, with some areas of mowed grass. There are also some nice views of the river.

Beautiful trail in the fall. It is a bit difficult to find but worth it. You have to go around a gate and the sign says something different.

What a lil slice of heaven. You must pay the min dollars to go up into the light of the lighthouse. The beach is gorgeous and water is like being in the Caribbean...until you dip your toe in :)

The Coates Highway bridge was passable but still under construction when we were down a weekend ago. My wife and I and other hikers were able to walk over the bridge bypassing construction equipment later in the day.

Has the bridge been re-opened?

Great hike. East side of the trail has spectacular river views and water access. I try to get here a few times a year.

hiking
22 days ago

This hike is a gem! Highly recommend recording the hike so you can see where you are on the map. The paths for this particular hike aren't marked well because it intersects with a number of other trails. Also recommend following John Metzler's great review, which talks you through the confusing parts. I was very grateful for his guidance! I will definitely be back! Also, I saw maybe a dozen or so bikers throughout the 8 miles. Every one of them was courteous and considerate. Yes, you need to keep your eyes out for them, but at least on this early fall day, we shared the trail with no issues.

hiking
26 days ago

A true hidden gem! I call this the little brother to the Manistee River Trail. While not quite as elevated, similar river views and rollaways throughout. And I love the fact that it's a loop. Very few of those in Lower Michigan!

Beautiful trail . Well maintained and marked. Along with seeing the river many times there is a section between marker 7 and 8 where there are virgin white and red pines. Very nice . It took me 3-1/2 hours to complete with several small stops for pics and grabbing water.

My favorite hiking loop in the lower peninsula. Fantastic for an overnight backpacking trip.

Beautiful area. Lots of good scenery, especially by the Huron River. However, the trail was heavily occupied by cyclists which doesn’t help much for hikers.

The red bridge (Coates Hwy bridge) was still closed so I was unable to complete the entire loop trail. But the Manistee River Trail side was spectacular.

great scenes along the river, the bridge the boy scouts built is awesome!!

We started from Lower Falls campground and did the round trip between the falls. I would definitely call this trail moderate rather than easy as there are a lot of stairs, hills, and roots. Make sure to bring water and sturdy footwear - this is not the hike to wear flip-flops on!

The scenery was nice and went from woods to swamp and back again. We didn't see much wildlife though due to the trail being so heavily trafficked. The views along the river were still a treat though and we got some great landscape photos. If I were in the park again I'd probably do one of the less popular trails.

Beautiful views!! The main loop has a paved path which is very easy to walk. However, if you venture off of the path onto the side trails/rock formations the hike is more moderate. My favorite parts of the hike were walking on the rock formations and watching the cliff jumpers.

Awesome views! Room to improvise down by shorelines. Cliff diving too.

backpacking
1 month ago

For those trying to spend their first night at seaton campground the first night of ur arrival do not go by the website!! It says all campsites are full when there are plenty of spaces available. We spoke with the man in charge and he said even if it’s full they will find space. Lovely campsite, we didn’t camp there as we were backpacking but I would definitely recommend it. We only did the side of the trail by the river and it was stunning. Would definitely recommend this to any level backpacker. If this is ur first trip this is ideal because there’s campsite all along the trail if you get tired u can stop anywhere. The road is very well marked! And the trail is very moderate, I have done other trails that completely wind you but this was not the case. Not a lot of hills and the trial is easy to follow. Absolutely wish we could have been there longer and done the full trail.

Easy, pretty views. Dog loved it. Not at all strenuous but an enjoyable walk.

Wonderful little river to kayak (or even float) down. I enjoyed the still waters and relaxing atmosphere - but please people, pick up your damn beer cans. The river is not your trash can!

Well maintained and beautiful scenery. with the bridge out we had to do only half as a point and back. would love to go back after the bridge is completed to do the entire loop.

Nice area. Most of the trail was paved but I would suggest walking by the cliffs on the back side of the island (unpaved). Also a place you can jump into Lake Superior. Great views and easy trail.

great for teaching kids how to ride a bike. flat and paved.

Cute little riverside trail. Saw a few deer. The Boardman rushes fast alongside. Always an interesting river. Downside of loud traffic all around this little spot.

Beautiful Michigan country. Plenty of places to camp right on the river, a great area for hot summer days. Wildflowers galore, a few climbs to a get a great workout, and friendly people, be it other hikers, or kayakers on the manistee river.

Very nice hike but a lot of bikers....

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Wide paths, well marked. Didn’t see another person the entire time

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