Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area

Watersmeet, Michigan

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Trails in wilderness and an adjoining recreation area of nearly 19,000 acres. The Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area is an 18,327-acre step back to a quieter time in northern Michigan. This large natural area comes complete with old-growth forest and pristine lakes, providing habitat for all sorts of plants and creatures. Wildflowers of all sorts, even rare orchids, can be found throughout the area. Migrating waterfowl, loons, eagles, and osprey are common sights around many of the lakes in the tract. Deer, bear, and birds of all sorts inhabit the area, while trophy-class smallmouth bass abound in many of the lakes along with walleye, northern pike, and pan fish. About 20 miles of trails wind through the area, connecting most of its thirty-six named lakes like dots in a puzzle. Special attractions: 36 lakes surrounded by old-growth forest with stands of virgin red and white pines; wildflowers; waterfowl; excellent fishing. The sense of wilderness, however, is perhaps the most special of all attractions of the Sylvania area.
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Hiking Michigan

by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

Trails in wilderness and an adjoining recreation area of nearly 19,000 acres. The Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area is an 18,327-acre step back to a quieter time in northern Michigan. This large natural area comes complete with old-growth forest and pristine lakes, providing habitat for all sorts of plants and creatures. Wildflowers of all sorts, even rare orchids, can be found throughout the area. Migrating waterfowl, loons, eagles, and osprey are common sights around many of the lakes in the tract.

Deer, bear, and birds of all sorts inhabit the area, while trophy-class smallmouth bass abound in many of the lakes along with walleye, northern pike, and pan fish. About 20 miles of trails wind through the area, connecting most of its thirty-six named lakes like dots in a puzzle. Special attractions: 36 lakes surrounded by old-growth forest with stands of virgin red and white pines; wildflowers; waterfowl; excellent fishing. The sense of wilderness, however, is perhaps the most special of all attractions of the Sylvania area.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Watersmeet
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Summer and after. Trails are accessible after the snow melts in late April or early May, but hikers would be advised to wait until mid-June -- wait, that is, for the black fly population to ebb just a bit.
Local Contacts: Sylvania Wilderness Visitor Center, 906-358-4724
Local Maps: Forest Service maps
Driving Directions: Directions to Sylvania Wilderness & Recreation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

8/4/2009
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Very nice hike, mosly shade with small openings in the trees for sun. Small hills, great midwest scenery.



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