Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

8 days ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

Great for camping!

Very nice trail with really friendly hikers! Tried this trail out for the first time today and will definitely be back to explore it more! It was quiet and peaceful which is exactly what I needed. I also had the opportunity to chat with some fellow hikers along the way.

19 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.

Beautiful trail!! So peaceful. Be careful, however , about the “loop”. It actually stops and you have to walk back down the road to get back to your car (if you park at #1). Not a full loop.

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!

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

hiking
1 month 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
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!

2 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
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!

hiking
6 months ago

very scenic and great for beginners.

hiking
11 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
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.

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.

hiking
Thursday, August 17, 2017

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!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

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

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.

hiking
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!!!!

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

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

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