Department of Natural Resources
World-class trails are in your backyard
Spring is here – get out and discover all The Trails State has to offer. From hiking and biking to paddling and horseback and ORV riding, Michigan’s trails have something for everyone.
Explore the abundant outdoor opportunities on trails around the state.
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, Whitepine 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.
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.
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.
Whether you opt for adrenaline-inducing, high-elevation mountain biking, and hiking, or a leisurely stroll along the superior shoreline, there’s a trail for any adventure you’re up for in Marquette County.
Come discover one of Michigan’s best kept trails secret on the west central side of the state. Whether you are looking for a place to hike, bike, snowmobile or snowshoe Mecosta County has the trail for you!
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.
South Haven and the surrounding 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. Whether you're looking to go hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling or exploring, 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.