Department of Natural Resources
The Alpena area is draped in beauty when the winter months come calling. Northeastern Lower Michigan is a popular location for snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Over 100 miles of groomed trails and more than 13,000 acres of State managed land offer peace and tranquility for those who love to bundle up and head out into the refreshing outdoors.
Benzie County has miles of trails for everyone, beginner to expert. You won't be disappointed with the abundance of choices here, all surrounded by the beautiful outdoors.
Cadillac’s snow globe forests equals fun on snowshoes, skiis and snowmobiles alike. Over 200 miles of snowmobile trails, 60 miles of cross country ski trails and abundant open area for snowshoeing throughout 1.5 million acres of public lands. Cadillac’s groomed trail systems are sure to capture that frolicking snowman with in you.
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.
Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, fat biking or hiking – experience the thrill of a winter chill along our Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail this season! Part of Iron Belle Trail – the longest designated state trail in the nation – our Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail offers up almost 100 winter-white miles made for exploring.
Experience the natural beauty of the Keweenaw’s winter landscape! Grab your skis, snowshoes or sled, and journey to Michigan’s Copper Country to discover endless adventure. With more than 270 inches of annual powder and 230 miles of groomed trails, the Keweenaw is calling!
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.
With 60+ miles of groomed trails and lots of local outdoor rec rental shops, Marquette County has made its mark the Midwest's snow biking mecca. If that's not your calling, strap on some snowshoes, cross country skis or warm hiking boots and make your move.
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 can point you in the right direction for 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 is home to Michigan’s most alluring network of winter trails. Whether you prefer strapping on cross-country skis or slipping into snowshoes, you’ll be captivated by the stunning natural beauty of majestic forests, frozen lakes and streams, and scenic vistas. At journey’s end, the area’s charming communities welcome you with warmth and hospitality.
Make Sault Ste. Marie your basecamp for an unforgettable winter of hunting, fishing, and fun. Experience a diverse range of game including deer, sharp-tailed grouse, and walleye. The sporting challenges are just the tip of the iceberg for things to do in the Soo. There are near-endless amounts of trails to snowmobile or to snowshoe too. Make Sault Ste. Marie your winter wonderland today!
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!
The number one winter attraction in Traverse City is what you can do in the Great Outdoors. Once the snow begins to fall, the trails become a sparkling white playground for winter recreation -- and that's where the fun is! Cross-country ski or snowshoe along the trails at the Leelanau and Old Mission State Parks for dynamic lake views and easy to moderately challenging terrain.
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 more.. 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.