• Michigan Trails Week, Sept. 20-27, 2020

    When it comes to trails, there’s no place like Michigan. We are home to more than 13,000 miles of state-managed trails, plus thousands of miles of local, county and federally managed trails and pathways. Together, these trails connect communities and provide real health and economic benefits. No matter where you are, chances are you'll find hiking and biking, equestrian, snowmobile, off-road vehicle and water trails.

    With that in mind, Michigan Trails Week is the perfect time to hit your favorite trail, try trails for the first time or try your hand (or feet) at an all-new trail adventure.

    It's no coincidence that National Public Lands Day, traditionally a day for volunteer-led efforts on public lands, takes place the same week and falls on Saturday, Sept. 26. This year, due to COVID-19, many events will be virtual.

    Every mile counts: 2020 Michigan Trails Week Challenge

    Eight days, 100,000 miles, fun prizes and that amazing “I did it!” feeling. Trail veterans and newcomers are invited to join the DNR and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance on a mission to collectively travel 100,000 miles during Michigan Trails Week.

    Whether you run, hike, ride or paddle, just self-report your treks on nonmotorized trails and earn badges (no limit) for different milestones. Badges enter you in a drawing for cool outdoor gear and Michigan branded prizes and help toward our 100,000-mile goal. There is no fee to participate.

    Earn a badge when you register for the event and log at least 1 mile, and then every time you:

    • Horseback ride for 5 miles.
    • Walk, run or hike for 5 miles.
    • Bike for 10 miles.
    • Paddle for 2 miles.

    You’ll also have the chance to make donations toward several local and regional trail projects.

    COVID-19 trail safety

    We're counting on everyone to do their part to protect themselves and others. Please remember that face coverings must be worn outdoors (when social distancing of 6 feet isn't possible) and also in indoor public spaces.

    Looking for info?

    If you have questions about state-managed trails, please email DNR-Trails@michigan.gov. Or, if you have questions about the Michigan Trails Week Challenge, please email Michelle Coss.

  • Screenshot of Trails Week story map Trails Week Story Map

    Explore interactive nonmotorized trail maps, share your trail photos, view photos submitted by others, and more in this new Trails Week story map.