Explore the best trails near Port Austin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Port Austin, Michigan Map
1 month ago

So varied and beautiful, dunes, beach, meadows, pines, cottenwoods! Well maintained trail, well labeled. Short but well worth it.

Great trail, kind of busy. Would rate as intermediate in mild weather. It is a bit longer so you should be in shape and use to paddling. This is on Lake Huron so the water can be choppy and weather can change quickly.

Call the kayak rental place in port Austin first, even if you have your own. If they are closed due to the waves then you can save yourself a drive or a sketchy paddle.

This trail is more like a rough boardwalk up and down the sand dunes of Lake Huron. There is no camping here, but there is beach camping at Port Crescent State park about a mile away. There are spectacular views along the entire trail. Short but very cool. You will love it!

sea kayaking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Considered an easy paddle if the conditions are quite. Port Austin Kayak is an awesome choice to rent and embark from. For more tips go to https://thumbwind.com/2016/08/12/paddle-turnip-rock-5-things-to-know/

Monday, May 09, 2016

great hike... beautiful

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Monday, September 28, 2015

Beautiful leisurely paddle. Water clean and clear.

sea kayaking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

This is an excellent way for someone who is wanting to get into kayaking or has limited experience in the water. Located at the tip of the thumb, Port Austin is a beautiful little town, very friendly. The local outfitter runs regular guided tours out to the turnip. While you are on Lake Huron, most of the paddling is near shore and fairly protected. This is a very safe, relaxing and enjoyable paddle, with lots of photo ops. Highly recommended.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This very dog friendly trail has a spot for your four legged friend to hop in the water where the river meets Lake Huron. The sand bluffs provide plenty of space to tire out your dog, while on their required 6ft leash. There are several ways to reach the water from the trail, also providing beautiful vistas! We came in mid-September and the delta was still warm enough to wade in on a sunny day.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

This trail starts just to the Northwest of the Port Crescent Road and M-25 intersection. The parking area is very small. You start out by crossing an old wooden bridge (with steel structure) and can hike the red or blue loops. The total of both trails is 2.3 miles. Much of both trails wander through wooded hills and sand dunes. The Lake Huron shoreline can be accessed from the blue trail. At the Southwest end of both the blue and red trails you are above the Pinnebog River and can look out to the Southwest across the river to see the Day Use area of the Port Crescent State Park or look North to the mouth of the river as it enters Lake Huron. There are several unmarked connecting trails as well. The trails are relatively easy and in good condition. It can also be accessed from the State Park campground by wading across what is called the "old channel" where it enters the lake.

The Day Use area is accessed further Southwest along M-25. It also has connecting loop trails that offer views of Lake Huron and some of it's shoreline from points up on the dune and from and observation platform. The nature trail is approximately 1 mile long and has a fine stone surface. The extended trail gets into a few easy hills and is about 3 miles long. All very pleasant hiking. And almost all wooded.