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

Beautiful wooded trail that runs along a steep ravine. Lots of bird sightings and small animals, too. The bridges are nice. There are a couple side paths you can take, but they aren’t very long. Most trails are leaf covered with tree roots. No sandy areas or rocky areas. A few low grade hills. I’d be careful taking your kids because some trails are narrow and right next to the steep ravine. It’s gorgeous once you get back to the Boardman River.

Nice wooded trail with sand and gravel pathways, great if walking with young kids. You may struggle a little bit if you bring a stroller with small wheels (like a small umbrella stroller) but we made our way along pretty well with a wagon!

We did this trail and the additional loop! Such an amazing well groomed trail with beautiful scenery! One of my favorites so far in Michigan. A word of caution if you choose to hike further than the 4 mile, there is no bridge to cross the river so you’d have to hike 5 miles back... or cross the river. We chose the latter

hiking
21 days ago

Loved it!

25 days ago

Very useful way to get around TC.

Hidden gem that will no doubt get more popular as more and more people find out about it. Love the new bridge they installed that now makes this a loop. Incredible views!

hiking
1 month ago

Quick and easy hike. A little buggy, but not terrible. Brought both of my dogs with no issues. Should have brought a bathing suit!

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful

Love this trail. By far the most scenic and peaceful in the area

this can be as long a hike as you would like. we did a two mile loop, the trail was well marked and nicely wooded!

road biking
2 months ago

Great for access to TC, awesome when you wanna bike in for something like Cherry Fest.

hiking
4 months ago

If you’re looking to get a quick hike then this is your spot!! I grew up in the Long Lake area which is about 12 miles west of Traverse City. Long lake is absolutely stunning with very clean water. This trail is quick and during this hike you’ll get a little taste of what long lake is all about...peaceful!

hiking
5 months ago

very scenic and great for beginners.

6 months ago

Love this trail for snowshoeing. The hills give you a little challenge. The river is so beautiful and peaceful

hiking
8 months ago

The trail is well-marked and easy to follow. I hiked in autumn and the fall colors were amazing! Very pretty. The only thing keeping me from rating this five stars was that there were so many bicyclists on the trail. I had to constantly watch ahead and behind. So, five stars as a biking trail, four stars for hiking.

hiking
9 months ago

very relaxing hike that you can easily make as short or as long as you would like it to be. I saw a fair amount of wild life in the trails and some very beautiful views, especially around the lake.

walking
10 months ago

Loved it! Beautiful!! Great place for a relaxing walk in early September, perfect time of year.
Although I would have loved to walk/hike alone, I'd say this trail is stroller friendly. I pushed our "all-terrain" stroller with my two year old, which was somewhat bumpy from tree roots and a bit of a challenge up small hills. Besides that, it definitely was worth the experience of a nature adventure with my daughter, both of us very much enjoyed it together.

trail running
10 months ago

Love this trail. Great for running!

We very much enjoyed this hike, especially north of the Boardman. We parked south. But we hadn't realized the new Grasshopper boardwalk would take us to a different (north) trail and finally we worried how to get back to our car on the south side of the river. This map was helpful.

Some of the best trails in northern Michigan—beautiful and very well maintained. Great for casual hikes and trail-running alike. The recently-constructed Grasshopper Bridge essentially doubles the size of the walkable park!

Great views, creek side good for dogs to cool off, very quiet

mountain biking
11 months ago

This was our first ever singletrack and we had a blast! Staying at Timber Ridge RV Park makes access easy. We will ride more over the next two weeks.

Great maps , love the views of the now un-dam'd river.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Loved safe ride thru town

mountain biking
11 months ago

Great fun , each section different theme

Friday, June 16, 2017

Nice trail, lots of up and down. Don't forget the bug spray!!!!

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Great hike with lots of geocaches. Great for kids/dogs.

hiking
Monday, December 12, 2016

This was a great hike. We did the out and back loop on the south side of the river. There was fresh powdery snow and the forest and river were beautiful. As the name states it was very quiet and peaceful. I will definitely come back again, maybe try the loop on the north side of the river next time.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nice short hike!

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