Explore the most popular trail running 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.

1 day ago

Gorgeous, tons of birds to see, as well as beavers and muskrats.

Trails are well-marked with lots of little paths down to the water's edge. Short and easy, but there's lots to see.

1 day ago

Very pretty, good elevation changes.

Watch out for poison ivy along the trail. It's not tremendously prolific right now but there are vines and shoots all over the place, it'll only get worse as it gets warmer.

on Scio Forest Loop

1 day ago

Nice trail will like to come back in spring

Still closed

4 days ago

Peaceful indeed! Quite decent elevation changes for a moderate.

I saw eastern bluebirds, but there was a lot of noise on the north side from a neighboring excavation of some kind off of Bolt Drive.

Paved pathway all the way through. Not shoveled/cleared during winter. You could come across deer, fox and on the rare occasion, a coyote/wolf. Good to take the dogs on a walk or a straightforward run in the day time. Closes at dusk.

Had a wonderful walk in the woods with the family today on this trail. It’s fairly well marked but several time we reviewed the map to make sure we were taking the right branch. The road getting to the trail was a bit soupy from the spring thaw, but the trail was fine. It’s a perfect spring or fall trail.

I can't believe this is in SE Mich. You show up to the park and suddenly there are steep hills everywhere. Love the constant elevation changes on the trails and the dense forest. Did the beach to campground hiking trail and then found the mountain biking trail and hiked that back to the beach (after checking out the scenic overlook on the bike path just past marker #4). This makes a great loop of 5 or 6 miles.

No trail markings. Muddy at times. Fairly busy.

We arrived about 11:00 am for a walk around the lake under a clear blue sky. The temp was crisp when we arrived, with the muddy trails mostly frozen. There are about a half dozen stream crossings, most with bridges. We saw only one other person on the trail. The east and south sides of the lake are the best. The rest is mostly meadow trail. Saw geese, woodpeckers and heard other birds, including redwing blackbirds.

Well marked trails. Easy to get to. Mix of paved and non-paved paths. Closer to highway than expected. Mountain bike trails look fun though.

Beautiful sunny day, walk the 3.7 miles. 40% was muddy, use a walking stick, it will be more fun. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.

Beautiful. A good variety of different terrain.

Great trails! More importantly though were the clean, roomy and stocked pit toilets and the discovery center has water. I enjoyed following the blue arrow trail markers and will definitely return.

6 days ago

Great hike! It took about 3.5 hours (including breaks and photography). We walked the opposite direction (counter clockwise) so we wouldn’t be surprised by bikers (they go clockwise). Generally, this trail is very remote and serene. We’ll be back.

However, multiple hills more difficult than a moderate hike.
The trails were nice and wide, well marked with maps and benches along the route.
Looking forward to hiking it again in the fall.

7 days ago

This is a pretty legit trail. Lots of really nice people, beautiful scenery and trash cans places every so often. A ton of litter up near the Winchell Way apartments and the trails were poorly marked. Sorta hard to follow but luckily I had this app. I will probably return.

Trail still closed as of 3/17/18. Looked like it was due to mud as it seemed to be a well groomed trail. Bummed.

great trail for a morning hike.

Nice for a quick hike.

Top 5 hike in Michigan for sure, if not #1 or #2. Must do it.

8 days ago

Nice trail in the Ortonville Recreation Area although I like the Bloomer Unit better. Very elevated. It's too bad they don't build a lookout or something at the top. You would have some incredible views!

8 days ago

The Bloomer Unit is probably the best hike in Ortonville Rec Area. No hunting allowed and the deep woods trails are quiet and peaceful. Unbeatable in the fall!

Nothing compares to that moment I stepped out of the woods and saw the majestic sandstone cliffs as far as the eye could see. It was as though I had walked to the edge of the world. Lake Superior was pristine and great for a swim in the middle of the hike, and the views just got better the farther along the cliffs I hiked. The only downside was the occasional noisy tour boat.

The orange loop was great, very beautiful!

Went with my man yesterday, it was a nice little social walk with pretty scenery! There's still snow left over at this time of year so we had to be careful about slipping. It was pretty, and we went by the hippie tree and took some pictures, as well as some photos in a few other spots around as well. I wasn't out of breath, and though I love more challenging hikes, this was a nice one to explore a bit and socialize with company! on a side note, it's always fun to read up on all the "horror stories" they've got on the hippie tree ;)

Excellent trail system right in my own backyard. Love the orange loop, especially. Layout is perfect for hiking, biking, and cross country skiing. The paddling is incredible here too.

10 days ago

These trails go around a landfill that has been filled in. The trail is well marked and there are a lot of options. It is not wilderness hiking as you can often see houses/roads and hear traffic, but the trees are very pretty and it was very leisurely, enjoyable hike.

11 days ago

Great view of Lake Superior and Spectacle Lake. Multiple trails up and down the hill, but not marked. Just follow the worn footpath. Great for dogs. A lot of traffic from sightseers on the summer weekends.

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