Hiking in Michigan

Opportunities for hiking in Michigan vary greatly, from the grand sand dunes of southern Lake Michigan to the hard granite cliffs of Lake Superior to the north. There are plenty of places to explore only a short drive from the major metropolitan areas of Chicago and Detroit, but if you want wilderness, the Upper Peninsula is the place to go. Water features prominently in many Michigan hikes: this state is bordered by more of the Great Lakes than any other, and the Upper Peninsula is renowned for its countless waterfalls, many accessible only by foot.

Off of Michigan’s shores are several automobile-free islands that cater to hiking and biking, from historic Mackinac Island, to Grand Island National Recreation Area, to Isle Royale National Park, far across Lake Superior and nearly into Canada.

Inland, you have numerous state and national parks and forests, and if you want a true wilderness experience, at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park you can spend a few hours or several days hiking through pristine and ancient forests of maple, hemlock and pine.
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Alamo Township Park
Alamo Township Park
Alamo, Michigan, United States
Easy: 2.2 miles, 1 hour or less
2.2 mile trail near Alamo, Michigan

Alamo Township Park is about 2.2 miles long and located near Alamo, Michigan. The trail is great for walking and normally takes 1 hour or less. Nestled in deep woods, this park connects to the Kal-Haven Trail which joins Kalamazoo to South Haven.  Less than two miles in length, the township trail crosses 5th street which has long been closed to...
Rose Lake Wildlife Research Area (Bath Rd. to The Point)
Rose Lake Wildlife Research Area (Bath Rd. to The Point)
Rose Lake Wildlife Research Area, Michigan, United States
Easy: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
Laingsburg, MI

The Rose Lake Wildlife Research Area is a boon to outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties. Part of a network of trails surrounding a large shallow impoundment, this trail takes you past old farmsteads, research crop plots, and views of the local wildlife.
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Grand Island, MI
by ssmalenberg on Jul 29, 2007
Williams Landing, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 26 miles
3 day/2 night hiking trip on Grand Island, ending 7/28/07. We didn't know about the archaeological dig or the marathon and 10K run that took place on Saturday. Fun hike.
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120509 Trip to Blind Lake
by ypsirunner01 on Dec 05, 2009
Hell, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 4.8 miles
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Highland SRA
by ebeowulf17 on Feb 27, 2011
East Highland, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 6.2 miles
I was pleasantly surprised by the steadily rolling hills throughout most of this hike.  There are a few bogs, which I'm not a big fan of, but lots of nice woodlands as well.The side trip up Haven Hill to the old Edsel Ford lodge is well worth the climb.  Pretty cool little bit of history up there - the old carriage house is still all there and plenty of interesting ruins of...
Fred Mclindin Nature Trails
by traval on Jul 05, 2010
Comstock Northwest, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 2.0 miles
135 acres of pure nature.   nice park with lots of wildlife and flowers. All pictures were taken with the oregon 550.
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Stony Creek - Osprey Trail
by BrianLareau on May 15, 2010
Mount Vernon, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 1.8 miles
Just a quick hike at Stony Creek Metro Park.
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Porcupine Mountains, Escarpment Trail
by marcshotts on Jul 12, 2011
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 4.1 miles
Porcupine Mountains State Park in UP Michigan. Escarpment Trail (East) above and along the Lake of the Clouds. Saw a bald eagle soaring.
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Nov 28 09 Waterloo Hike
by ypsirunner01 on Nov 28, 2009
Hell, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 2.4 miles
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Tobico Marsh Loop
by cyberhobo on Oct 14, 2008
Little Killarney Beach, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 3.2 miles
My mom takes me on her favorite hike near Bay City, Michigan.
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Quick Hike on the Manistee trail
by traval on Aug 15, 2010
Mesick, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 4.3 miles
Quick hike from Seaton creek campground.   Lots of cool sites, the dam, walk along the river, and a cool suspension bridge, there is also a few Geocaches along the way.  
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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness, Big Carp River Trail
by DaleTrexel on May 29, 2009
Buckshot Landing, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 6.9 miles
The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is a beautiful remote area along the northernmost edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, bordering Lake Superior. This is an 7-mile out-and-back hike we took from the Lake of the Clouds overlook down the Big Carp River Trail. The trail follows a cliffside, with grand south and easterly views over the wilderness area, and Lake of the Clouds back to the northeast.Along for the trek was Rio, our...
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shore to shore
by bstearns on Sep 24, 2008
Empire, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 312 miles
I hiked the shore to shore trail. 
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RRSGA New Snowfall Hike
by jbrownihs on Dec 27, 2009
Solon Center, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 2.2 miles
During a beautiful snowfall, my wife Crystal and I took a hike in the Rogue River State Game Area (5000 acres of woods, swamps, lakes, streams and wildlife in my backyard) to try out my new Nikon Cookpix P90 and my new Garmin Oregon 400t.  We were rewarded with a winter wonderland.
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North Manitou Island 2010
by BrianLareau on Jun 25, 2010
North Manitou, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 19.7 miles
Went to Norht Manitou Island again this year for another look at some key spots. Wanted to make sure and see Stomer Camp and the truck graveyeard there. Took lots of pics. Went to the lake becuase it is just a beautiful spot on the island.I'm sure I will be back next year, but maybe for more than just a couple of days. I still have the Pot Holes in the north...
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Pictured Rocks Kayak_Hiking Trip
by jimburrum on Jul 19, 2013
Indian Town, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 11.3 miles
Day One:Guided tandem sea kayak trip from Mariners point to Mosquito Beach section of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We saw mostly one foot waves with occasional two footers, some nice folks in our group offered to take some of our hiking gear so we were not to loaded down. Once at Mosquito beach we found a campsite and got settled in. We started hiking the North Country Trail to the Norteast but...
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spring hike
by bstearns on Jan 01, 1990
Ossineke, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 0.0 miles
I selected this place because I knew the snow would be gone from most of the shore. I had great weather and saw many seabird on their way up north.  17.6 miles the first day & another 6 miles back to the jeep on the last day.
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Trap Hills Loop
by joshvineyard on Nov 04, 2011
Bergland, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 6.1 miles
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West Lake Preserve
by mark.klauza on Feb 04, 2012
Chelsea, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 1.7 miles
The girls and I enjoyed a midwinter twilight hike through the preserve today as guests of the Washtenaw County Parks.   .The trails were well groomed and our meandering took us through the open fields of the preserve and into the woods.  The park offers varied terrain and several small lakes that beckon to be explored.   We will definately be back to wander some more and check out the geocaches that are here.More info...
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Oakwoods metropark - old South Huron road
by mark.klauza on Feb 05, 2012
Flat Rock, Michigan, United States
Hiking | 4.0 miles
The girls and I decided to explore a section of Oakwoods Metropark that we have never been to before -- a walk down the old South Huron road.    When the park was created in the early 70's, South Huron road was closed and the homesteads along it were removed, leaving a well packed trail that I expected to find reverting to nature.What I found however, was a well groomed horse riding trail...