Saturday, Sept. 24 to Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
With more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails that connect communities, provide health and economic benefits, and attract outdoor enthusiasts, it’s no wonder Michigan is known as "The Trails State." Hikers, bikers, equestrians, off-road vehicle (ORV) users, kayakers and snowmobilers find enjoyment on the many inter-connected state trails. There are hundreds more miles of local, county and federal trails in Michigan.
According to a 2013 report by the Outdoor Industry Foundation, outdoor recreation generates $18.7 billion in consumer spending in Michigan, generating approximately 194,000 jobs a year. In addition, at least 63 percent of Michigan residents participate in outdoor recreation each year.
Find your trail adventure!
Get out and enjoy the many state, county or local trail or trails in Michigan. Whether walking a familiar trail, hiking a more challenging Upper Peninsula trail, running a hilly course or bicycling a paved linear trail, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy our state’s outstanding trail system. Michigan Trails Week is the perfect time to get started!
Here are just a few highlights of trails across the state:
Jump on the Iron Belle Trail, the longest designated state trail in the nation, and hike or bike your way between Belle Isle Park in downtown Detroit and Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. Explore pristine forests, paddle cool rivers and visit charming towns all across the state. The 791-mile bicycle route is 64 percent complete and utilizes existing multi-use trails. In the Upper Peninsula, the route follows U.S. 2, a designated national bicycling route. Visit www.michigan.gov/ironbelle to learn more.
Michigan is home to a wide variety of hiking trails across the state, which showcase Michigan’s natural and cultural resources. A number these trails are maintained by the DNR and can be found in Michigan state parks, state forest lands or wildlife preserves. Many of these trails make unbelievable day hikes, including the Jordan Valley Pathway, Blind Sucker Creek Pathway, Mason Tract Pathway and Shingle Mill Pathway.
Michigan offers trails for boaters and paddlers too. The DNR is in the process of developing a policy to include water trails - some overseen by other entities and some yet to be developed - into a statewide system. The 30-year plan will help develop a state system of water trails. Helping lead the charge is the Land Information Access Association.
Michigan has the largest rail-trail system in the nation. Across the state, more than 2,600 miles of old railroad lines have been converted for recreational use.
Michigan is constantly upgrading its ORV trails, using dollars generated by the sale of ORV licenses and trail permits to fund restoration of existing trail and link even more communities.