Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

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

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!

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

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 ;)

I grew up on Hickory Hills. I used to Frisbee Golf here daily and has one of the better views of Traverse City at the top of Hickory Hills on the hole we called "Waterfall" The only downfall to Hickory Hills these days is how crowded it is these days but that's what you get when such beauty is just a walk away. If you're not in shape, take it slow because there is definitely some Hills considering this is a skiing hill. Enjoy the outdoors and pick up after yourself!

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!

Fun to disc or just hike. Beautiful view at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

very scenic and great for beginners.

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.

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

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

mountain biking
11 months ago

Great fun , many paths you can take

First, it is helpful to know that access to this trail is on unpaved roads, and depending on which way you go, they may or may not be accessible in your vehicle. We followed Apple maps and had no trouble on the way in, but on the way out it took us a different way and we had some clearance issues in a Honda CRV.

We started at the Guernsey Lake campground. We found plenty of parking just beyond the trailhead, near the day use area and boat launch. We walked about an 8.5 mile loop, which took about 2.5 hours not including lunch and swimming stops. Between posts 3 and 5, on lake 1, there is a nice swimming beach and a well for refilling the water bottles. The trail doesn't really go along the lake shores, but there are a few little spurs that go down to a couple of the lakes. Most of the hike was lightly treed and provided good shade. Use the outhouse at the day use area, because that's the only one.

The trail conditions were perfect, and everything is extremely well marked. There are maps and corresponding numbered posts at each intersection. There were two or three trees across the trail, but they were easy enough to go over or under. There were a couple sections where the bugs were very heavy, so take your bug spray.

I was surprised to see this trail marked "Moderate". Maybe it's because I am from a mountainous region of the country, but I found it very easy. I'm a 50 year old woman who is very out of shape, and I had no problem with it. Honestly, other than the length of the trail, there was nothing a toddler or my 81 year old dad couldn't have done. There were no rocky or slippery areas, footing was solid everywhere, and there wasn't anything even close to steep enough to warrant a switchback. You could hike it in flip flops.

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

this is totally for frisbee golf not for hiking as stated. can't imagine running or snow shoeing.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nicely maintained and extremely quiet. we did not see another person for the whole loop. plenty of birding

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A really nice walk in the woods quite steep and strenuous at parts at flat and easy and others. It is poorly marked and I had to use my trail guide from AllTrails to make sure I was on the right path but a beautiful area

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.

snowshoeing
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This is a great trail if you live nearby. Easy walking trail & snowshoeing. Yes, this is a trail where many dogs are walked but avoid them by going weekdays when most dog owners are working. Walk or run the hilly trail to m-72. It's an oasis in the city, where you'll often see deer grazing.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nice short hike!

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

nice hike through the woods

Thursday, August 11, 2016

the sand lakes are worth the hike.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Great trail for a simple walk in the woods. it opens up into some beautiful clearings and drops down by the river for a bit. Made for an enjoyable day where I didn't see another soul.

hiking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Was confused by the starting point on this, but decided to start from Guernsey Lake Campground which has parking available if you're not camping there. This is a section of the North Country Trail so this could easily be extended into a multi day trip.

hiking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Essentially a dog park. Despite plenty of signage, of the 12+ dogs we encountered, only ours was on a leash. Had one chump argue it was appropriate for his to be unleashed because the dog was generally friendly, even after it charged us. Won't be back.

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