Department of Natural Resources
Do you prefer to commune with nature, or crush trails? No matter what your preference the trails around the Alpena area provide everything from bird watching and mushroom hunting, to single track and rugged back-country mountain biking. More than 100 miles of groomed trails give you variety and adventure.
Benzie County has miles of hiking paths and biking trails for everyone, beginner to expert. You won't be disappointed with the abundance of choices here, all surrounded by the beautiful outdoors.
Enjoying a cool trail surrounded by forest and water is abundant in Cadillac, with several foot and bicycle trails like the Mitchell State Park Heritage Trail, Lake Cadillac pathway, White Pine Rail to Trail and Clam River Greenway close to town, or you can head west 20 minutes to the USFS Mackenzie Trail, Big M or Manistee River Trail, all awesome get-a-ways to nature.
Home to many recreational opportunities Coldwater Country has an abundance of trails for hiking, biking, as well as kayaking. With more than 100 lakes in Coldwater Country, a water adventure is a must! The Union City Heritage Water Trail celebrates the area's rich river history with 28 markers, vintage photos, and mural under the Park Street Bridge, viewable only by paddling the river.
Experience all that is Northern Michigan by hiking, biking, x-country skiing or snowshoeing one of our scenic trails. The Gaylord area abounds with pathways for outdoor enthusiasts of every skill and age level, and all are free to use with no trail passes required.
Grand Rapids is home to more than 50 multi-purpose trails crossing all manner of terrain, from woodlands and meadows to urban parks and cityscapes. Hike, bike, ski and snowshoe paved paths or natural surfaces – including some of the Midwest’s best mountain-biking trails – all just minutes from the excitement and amenities of the city center.
Hiking, biking, and even birding — get ready to enjoy endless outdoor recreation on some of our favorite Great Lakes Bay Michigan trails this season! Part of Iron Belle Trail — the longest designated state trail in the nation — our Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail is the perfect start to your outdoor adventures in Michigan.
Traverse thousands of miles of trail by foot, bike or boat as you explore Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Summit Mount Lookout and be rewarded with breathtaking views of Lake Superior and the vast Keweenaw forestland or paddle the coastline of Isle Royale National Park and view wildlife from at sea level. The adventures are endless!
Home to Ludington State Park, Ludington’s recreation adventures are waiting for you. Whether you are on a bike or on foot, Ludington’s trails offer cool views of wooded forest areas and spectacular views of water. Better yet, get on the water in a kayak or canoe and enjoy one of the many water trails. Pure Ludington’s trails are waiting for you!
Often considered some of the best hiking and biking in the State, Manistee County is home to hundreds of miles of trails through the Manistee National Forest and along Lake Michigan shoreline.
From impressive vista views to leisurely shoreline strolls, take in vibrant fall foliage on miles of trails, minutes from downtown when you visit Marquette County, Michigan.
Whether you are looking for a place to hike, bike, snowmobile or snowshoe Mecosta County has the trail for you. From a leisurely stroll while taking in a scenic view or for more of a challenging adventure, we have the trail that is right for you.
Home of the gateway to the to the Huron-Manistee National Forests, hundreds of miles of trails including 90+miles of the North Country National Scenic Trails System are just waiting to be discovered.
The Petoskey Area hosts a wide variety of trails, from mountain biking to paved routes, to wooden boardwalks and hiking pathways for every level. The scenery throughout the communities of Boyne City, Petoskey, Bay Harbor, Alanson and Harbor Springs makes the walks and rides even more appealing.
Ready to burn some calories? Our miles of trails let you choose the length and intensity of your adventure. Explore the gently rolling dunes and shoreline at Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, wander the sandy forest paths of Saugatuck State Park, or feel the burn with a steep climb up and down Mt. Baldhead.
As the heart of the St. Marys River system, Sault Ste. Marie proudly features some of the finest water trails in the Great Lakes state. Launch your kayak or paddleboard and experience Voyageur Island, a groomed island featuring hiking trails, just a short distance from downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
Admire the fall colors and feel the crisp air in one of Pure Michigan's first Trail Towns, South Haven! The South Haven area boasts over 48 miles of hiking and biking trails, 91 miles of kayaking and canoeing trails, 770 acres of nature preserves and 11 miles of horseback riding trails. Our trails and nature preserves provide the perfect setting for your escape!
You can always count on a state park to provide a natural setting for exploring the outdoors. In Traverse City the wooded winding trails are second to none. All the options are close to the urban area, making them perfect for a daytrip into nature. Explore paths of hilly forests, wetlands and meadows by foot or bike.
With miles of trails through scenic and pristine natural areas, the Western U.P. offers some of the best trails in the Eastern United States. Spend a day or a week or a summer.. Treat yourself to views of majestic old growth forests, scenic overlooks, inspirational waterfalls... Relax on a river bank or on the shores of an inland lake...
The locations listed on this page are Michigan convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs) that are part of a partnership program with the DNR. If you are interested in joining the program, please contact the DNR Marketing Manager for more information.