Explore the most popular Parks 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.

hiking
21 hours ago

Completed it today. It's still really muddy, but as long as you're prepared it's doable.

Awesome 3 days backpacking. The views were amazing. There is a lot to see and explore. Can’t wait to do again.

Compared to the other SBD trails, this one wasn’t my favorite. A large portion of the trail is walking along Pierce Stocking Drive. There aren’t any scenic outlooks on the trial, although the North Bar outlook (and restrooms / picnic area) aren’t far from where the trail merges in with Pierce Stocking. There are some beautiful wooded areas, though.

Nice and quiet trail tucked away in northern Michigan. I found a wonderful spot to camp next to Byron lake about halfway through the loop and finished the loop on day 2.

I have skied this trail before, but decided to hike it today. Flat trail, easy to follow and 95% in the shade, so it's a great trail for sunny and warm weather.

This was a nice park. I saw no one else hiking but there was a loud children’s birthday party near the beginning on the trails. Outhouse type restrooms. Very old trees and free entry made this worth the drive.

birding
2 days ago

Fantastic trail for birding. Bring bird seed and the chickadees and titmice are likely to eat out of your hand.

As far as paved trails in the area this is as good as it gets. Variety of views and inclines and lots of people walking, jogging, and riding bikes. Super pet-friendly. Variety of scenic views along the loop.

Cool views, easy hike. Be sure to hike to both the upper and lower falls. Nice picnic area available with access to potable water.

Excellent trail. Well marked easy to follow with amazing views of the Manistee River. Plenty of camp sites for overnight backpacking trips. I went on a weekday during May so it wasn’t super crowded. Plenty of wildlife,birds etc. good distance for 1 or 2 night trip. The only disappointing thing is the bridge is out at the south end of the trail on Coates road. This makes the MRT/ NCT loop impossible until late August 2018.

hiking
4 days ago

Lots of different trails in this rec area to hike and they are well marked. We hiked deer lake (5 miles) it was beautiful. Lots of ups and downs. I would rate it difficult. We were surprised and excited to see wolf tracks along the way.

Beautiful hiking in this area. The trail is very easy to follow and the views are spectacular! Can’t wait to visit again. Camping in the area is available too and well maintained. Definitely rate this trail 5 out of 5!

Beware of ticks. My fiancé and I found 3 ticks on him and one on myself after a short walk through these trails yesterday evening, and just found one more on my cat’s toy and one on my coat this morning. We walked maybe one mile and in that time picked up 6+ ticks...

mountain biking
4 days ago

Great trail for beginners but the trail markings are a little confusing. The trail is well maintained, clean, very peaceful and secluded. I have no complaints about the faint noise from the shooting range, you can only hear it in the beginning of the trail. It is mostly flat but you will encounter rocks, and tree roots, which is expected because the trail is in a wooded area. Overall, I had a great experience. This was my first time on the trail and I will be going back for sure.

Was not able to walk the trail. The road leading up to the trail head was completely covered with water and not passable with my SUV!

Wonderful well maintained trail. Will definitely frequent again with my family!

Need to go back another day to complete the whole hike. Great hike in the woods on a single file trail. A bit buggy.

walking
5 days ago

Recent rains - so it’s a bit boggy on the back loop beyond the bridge.
Overall -very enjoyable track with several route options. Looking forward to walking it again.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Great trail for a beginner. Some pretty nice hills. Short ride and not too many people.

Cool sites on Byron Lake, looking forward to going back later in the summer and checking out the other lakes.

A great hike for bird watching, and the views are gorgeous. I was married here in these woods. I met an owl here once as well. Sanctuary Woods is one of my faves.

Did 4-mile trail around big lake. Good hike; I recommend bug spray and good waterproof shoes; some muddy spots...

Impressive little wooded trail. I expected it to run alongside the road but didn't. Saw a couple deer & plenty of squirrel. The lake views are nice at sunset with plenty of beach and overlook areas, if you choose to stop. The latter part of the trail seems to be used less... but never really encountered much activity when I've been there. Pines, lakes, hardwoods, a little more fun terrain at the end. Nice loop.

Muddy. Nice wildflowers in May. Bug spray may be needed

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful wooded trail. There are a lot of little hills, but nothing major. The spur to the lake is dunes, and definitely the most challenging part of the trail.

Great trail for being so close to home. Much more elevation than you would expect so it's good for a long weekend backpacking hike and training. I did about 15 miles the first two days. I ended up doing about 38 miles when I included hikes to water and camp sites.

Mountain Biking

mountain biking
7 days ago

Mountain Biking

Easy flat trail if you want something new. Good birding area, will see wild flowers, birds and butterflies. I cleared a bit of the trail down to the Big Daily Bayou, which is off the Kalamazoo River. It's an uneven trail and a bit strenuous. Was fun to explore. Lots of growth has filled in the Big Daily Bayou, so it's not possible to paddle through anymore.

walking
8 days ago

Well that’s a one and done lol. Save your time on this one.

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