Explore the most popular kid 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.

Enjoyed this hike with family including 2-, 3-, and 7-year-old and several young adults. There are a lot of trails and we needed the app GPS to get back on track, but some nice stops would have been missed if we hadn't strayed a bit . The "old man of the mountain" (a local) led us to the East Bay overlook and we went off-trail for most of the fairy gardens and a nice flower garden. We never actually found the trailhead, but found a parking area behind The Commons that brought us close. Paths were mostly wooded so it wasn't as hot as I feared at midday.

10 days ago

We saw a wide variety of birds along the trail. It was an easy hike with great views of the lake.

This is a pretty trail the follows along the Boardman River to the Keystone rapids head. It was a nice moderate hike. One warning, they have signs up to watch out for poison ivy. While the trails are clear of any poison ivy, there is poison ivy all around the areas near the trails

20 days ago

This trail connects to the Leelanau Trail which runs 17 miles up to Suttons Bay. Makes for a very good day of biking.

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

1 month ago

Loved it!

1 month ago

Very useful way to get around TC.

2 months 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!

road biking
4 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 ;)

5 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!

6 months ago

very scenic and great for beginners.

11 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.

mountain biking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Loved safe ride thru town

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Very repetitive scenery, not good for views or scenery. Long very plain trail. Not very worth the hike unless that's what your lookin for.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

We did a 5.5 mile hike to the lighthouse and back but there's miles more trail. No mosquitos in July.

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

This trail is under construction and you're not allowed to walk it at this time.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Very simple trail with a decent amount of options as far as routes go. Was able to go back a few times and not take the same route. Dogs love it!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nice short hike!

Beautiful run! Take the trail along the shore to see some amazing views!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

It was beautiful. We saw some wildflowers and admired the Boardman River. The only con was that I was left for wanting more! So that was a good thing! We did this whole hike in an hour and A quarter.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Nice condition. Except for the view while on the beach, not real scenic.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Well... We did get a little turned around and had to backtrack. But the trail was a great hike.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Beautiful ! Take the path on the right

Friday, September 11, 2015

This is a great trail! I live just up the road from it and frequent this trail a lot! There is two parts of this trail and one part is paved and is in opinion wheelchair accessible.

The rapids are also great for Whitewater Kayaking. Be aware these are for people who know what they are doing, not a casual ride in the kayak.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Nice walk, maps a little hinky but you make a big oval.

road biking
Sunday, June 22, 2014

Great trail through the city of TC! You'll get views of both East and West Traverse Bay. Stop at Clinch Park to check out the boats and the beach.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Great trail with lot to see! This trail has a few beach access areas that would be great for the summer!

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