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

1 day ago

Awesome section of the NCT.

Pretty good hike! Not super challenging and very well marked, definitely worth the time

Great views of the lake

4 months ago

Great little path, especially with kids. Good day hike. Mosquitos not bad, pet friendly.

Very nice scenic ride. It is somewhat hilly, but not to bad.

road biking
4 months ago

Nice scenic route with some water views. Nice day trip from Petoskey to Charlevoix and back

Well marked, easy stroll through the woods. Solo female safe :)

Very easy mostly shaded trail in figure 8 style with shortcuts that are good for families with small children. Nice woodland setting with a small shallow stream running through it.

Pretty, serene, and well marked every step of the way!

Beautiful trail!!

trail running
Thursday, September 28, 2017

nice trail, perfect for a light trail run.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Really cool hike along the river. Biking is doable as well - although a little tight in areas if you want to get down by the river.

road biking
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Arguably the most scenic biking trail in Lower Michigan. Best stretch is East Park just west of Petoskey to Zoll Street Beach in Harbor Springs.

Monday, July 24, 2017

This was a great trail! Both woods and prairie with a nice, sandy river running through. Easy terrain with exception of one steeper hill down to river, which could be avoided. One of the best marked trails I've ever hiked. Trail is well cared for. Not too buggy, but may want to bring bug spray in case. Not too sunny, but some parts are in direct sunlight. Not too muddy, but we did go during a drier time. No spectacular view or anything but very typical Michigan woodsy scenery. The three mile hike was just right.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike. Nice parking lot near the fire station/park. You walk along the river with a couple of bridges. Lots of shade and ferns. Out and back was 4.2 miles. More easy than moderate. You can walk on concrete or stay along the dirt trail near the river.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Short loop trail with nice scenery. Not sure how it got labeled 'moderate' difficulty, this is a very VERY easy hike. Trials are well labeled. Wouldn't go out of my way for this trail as it is neither long nor challenging but would visit it if nearby.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Awesome Nature Preserve with easy terrain. Very well mapped out.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beautiful view of Little Traverse Bay. I would have preferred biking instead of walking that trail.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Nice trail. Good flow. Easy-moderate mountain bike ride.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Good. Well marked. Nice walk.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Good why to see Lake Michigan

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Wow! From the autumn smells to the crunching sounds beneath my feat. My senses were tingling. What an awesome trail to hike. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

For winter goers: Parking has changed to a different location. You must park at Berger road.

Not a trail at these coordinates.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Beautiful trail. Varied terrain.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My husband and I hiked this trail today. We were there about an hour and a half and could have stayed hours longer. It was beautiful, a feast for the senses. We can't wait to come back.

road biking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ride it into Charlevoix for lunch/ect. that's a fun town. as for the trail paved and hills some can be challenging. only draw back is it doesn't hug the lake as much as it appears to on the map.

road biking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Beautiful views, usually away from traffic, some sections shady. Easy to bike to Charl., have lunch and go back to Petosk. Great way to spend day!

road biking
Thursday, July 28, 2016


Saturday, July 23, 2016

We found this hike absolutely beautiful! The trails are well maintained and 99% of them are in heavy shade under dense canopy. While it's called a 3 mile loop, it's a trail network with many subloops so you can tailor you hike from 3 to 6 miles before you start retracing your steps. Note that the trailhead a are hard to find - the better one is on Berger Road and will be on the left hand side shortly after turning onto it from Mitchell.

road biking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Nice trail. The head winds on the way to Charlevoix were strong today,but it made the trip back to Petoskey easy.

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