Explore the most popular hiking 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.

backpacking
8 hours ago

This was a gorgeous trail! It's well marked and except for a few mild hills it was pretty level. In most places the trail was wide and smooth enough for me to be able to enjoy the scenery instead of watching my footing.
I camped at Lake 1. The lake has a clay bottom so not really suitable for swimming but it was pretty! There are 2 vault toilets. There's a pump but no handle so I filtered water from the lake.
I did the full loop starting from Guernsey Lake but be aware that the campsites cam be reached from the Sand Lakes parking area with just a short walk. This meant that I had some partiers sharing the area even though it was Tuesday.
I would definitely rate the trail more towards the easy end.

Love this trail! A hidden treasure not heavily traveled. Good elevation, Woods, river and a touch of prairie. We walked almost 5 miles (other trails connect), and saw no one until the end. Beautiful!

Great trails with much of the path edging the river/rapids. Beautiful woods and well-marked.

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.

13 days ago

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
26 days ago

Loved it!

1 month 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
3 months ago

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

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.

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
10 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.

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