Though often considered a snow-covered Midwestern locale, Northeastern Michigan is actually a fantastic place to explore the great outdoors any time of year. In addition to the myriad restaurants, bed and breakfasts and other attractions, visitors will also find plenty of activities to keep themselves busy including boating, fishing, kayaking, snowshoeing and hiking.
Hikers of all experience levels can explore the beautiful forests and water bodies marking Northeastern Michigan's progressive trail maps. For the most experienced hiker, the High Country Pathway, located 9 miles north of Atlanta, Michigan, boasts a whopping 70-mile loop. Cutting clear through the heart of Michigan's elk country, the sights along the winding route are something to behold: picturesque scenery coupled with many species of wildlife and types of landforms. The more than 25 hiking options in the area provide varying terrain and challenges for any hiking skill set.
High Country Pathway
Sturgeon Valley Road
Onaway, MI 49765
Many of the hiking areas in Northeastern Michigan are also biker-friendly, perfect for cutting loose on the thousands of miles of riding terrain. Take to the rugged off-road routes, or keep it family-friendly on one of the tamer, groomed trails. For a fun outing for all ages and skill levels, check out Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling. Opt for fast rides or slower scenic excursions among the more than 18 miles of trails. Riding is free, though a small donation is requested.
7601 Old Lake Road
Grayling, MI 49738
For the camping enthusiast, Northeastern Michigan options run the gamut. Pitch a tent and launch a canoe at any of the myriad camp-and-canoe destinations. Or park the RV for a few days at the East Branch River RV Park in Tawas City. Enjoy prime fishing along the lengthy shoreline, or enjoy a picnic at the picnic table---there's one at each of the 38 full-service sites. Additional park amenities include fire rings, a bath house and a laundry room, all in this unique area designed for nature lovers.
East Branch River RV Park
4793 W M-55
Tawas City, Michigan 48763
Article Written By Ashley Haugen
Ashley Haugen is both an author and an editor. Having been the managing editor of "diG," a national pop culture client publication, as well as "Nashville Parent" magazine, Haugen currently serves as editor-in-chief of "Her Nashville," Nashville's only women's publication. Haugen received her bachelor's degree in communications from Boston University, and she resides in Nashville with her husband and three children.