Best trails in Michigan

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Trying to find the best Michigan trails? AllTrails has 1,064 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Isle Royale National Park or around Marquette, Ann Arbor or Ontonagon we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Michigan state park trails, check out Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Bird Hills Nature Area near Ann Arbor or Lakeshore Park near Novi. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 714 easy trails in Michigan ranging from 0.6 to 71.3 miles and from 574 to 1,850 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Mosquito Falls and Chapel Falls via Chapel Loop
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 35 m
Several hikes are available in this area, depending on what trails you take and how long you wish to walk. Waterfalls into Lake Superior near Chapel Rock.Show more
#2 - The Manistee River Loop Trail
Manistee Purchase Unit
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Length: 19.3 mi • Est. 9 h 4 m
Easily one of the best backpacking trails in Lower Michigan. It is almost always busy on the Manistee River Trail side, campsites are often doubled or even tripled up. The waterfall site 2 miles southShow more
#3 - Potawatomi Trail
Pinckney Recreation Area
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Length: 17.4 mi • Est. 7 h 49 m
Potawatomi Trail is a 17.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pinckney, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best uShow more
#4 - Empire Bluff Trail
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
Empire Bluff Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity optionShow more
#5 - Lakeshore Trail
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Length: 40.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
Sand dunes, cliffs, wooded areas, rivers, mud, uphill, and downhill. This area is good anytime from early spring to late fall. It is recommended to not go in early June, as that is when the flies are Show more
#6 - Escarpment Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
The Escarpment Trail can be directly accessed via 3 trailheads, and makes up a portion of Porcupine Mountains State Park's very robust trail and backpacking system. Several of the other trails can be Show more
#7 - Saugatuck Dunes South Trail
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
A day-use park along a secluded strip of Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers 1,000 acres of land with 2.5 miles of shore line. The Lake Michigan beach is a 0.6 mile hike from thShow more
#8 - Crooked Lake Trail
Pinckney Recreation Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Note: As of March 2020, trail may be CLOSED due to corrosive conditions. Please check with the recreation area page for more information. This loop is part of the Potawatomi Trail. It also circles CShow more
#9 - Penosha Trail
Brighton State Recreation Area
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
Penosha Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Brighton, Michigan that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and natuShow more
#10 - Highland A-B-C-D MTB Loop
Highland State Recreation Area
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
Highland A-B-C-D MTB Loop is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Highland Township, Michigan that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a numbShow more
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