Best Trails of Michigan

This list represents the most popular trails in Michigan. Use this list to plan your next Michigan outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Chapel Loop

    10 Reviews

    Munising, MI

    Take even the briefest of glances at this route’s attractions, and the reasons for its reputation are obvious. This hike begins in a quiet forest and continues to a notable waterfall. Next it ...
    •  9.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Take even the briefest of glances at this route’s attractions, and the reasons for its reputation are obvious. This hike ...

  • #2 Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area

    10 Reviews

    Glennie, MI

    The Hoist Lake area is managed specifically for enjoyment by hikers and other non-mechanized visitors. Mountain bikers are prohibited from using the area. The area’s nearly 11,000 acres are located ...
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    The Hoist Lake area is managed specifically for enjoyment by hikers and other non-mechanized visitors. Mountain bikers are ...

  • #3 North Country Trail (NCT) - Michigan Section

    2 Reviews

    Morenci, MI

    An 875-mile linear route across the state, part of a national scenic trail from New York to North Dakota. The trail enters Michigan near Morenci in the southeastern corner of the state. From ...
    •  875 miles
    •  Guide

    An 875-mile linear route across the state, part of a national scenic trail from New York to North Dakota. The trail enters ...

  • #4 Harbor Springs to Cross Village: Tunnel of Trees

    0 Reviews

    Harbor Springs, MI

    One of Michigan’s most spectacular drives, Michigan Highway 119 leaves the exclusive resort town of Harbor Springs, whisks you through an area once largely inhabited by the Odawa, or Ottawa Indians, ...
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    One of Michigan’s most spectacular drives, Michigan Highway 119 leaves the exclusive resort town of Harbor Springs, whisks ...

  • #5 Waterloo-Pinckney Recreation Hiking Trail

    6 Reviews

    Jackson, MI

    The Waterloo-Pinckney Trail links two of southern Michigan’s most popular recreation spots: the Waterloo and Pinckney recreation areas, which are easily accessible to all major metropolitan areas ...
    •  36 miles
    •  Guide

    The Waterloo-Pinckney Trail links two of southern Michigan’s most popular recreation spots: the Waterloo and Pinckney recreation ...

  • #6 Fort Custer Recreation Area

    6 Reviews

    Augusta, MI

    Offering a rainbow of loops, this well-organized and popular 16-mile multiple-use trail system offers something for everyone. The difficult Red Loop challenges riders with logs, whoop-de-dos, ...
    •  2 - 4 hours
    •  16.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Offering a rainbow of loops, this well-organized and popular 16-mile multiple-use trail system offers something for everyone. ...

  • #7 Pictured Rocks

    4 Reviews

    Munising, MI

    For 12 spectacular miles this route traces the rim of the Pictured Rocks escarpment, one of the truly iconic landscapes of the Upper Peninsula. Mile after mile of sandstone landscape art passes ...
    •  13.3 miles
    •  Guide

    For 12 spectacular miles this route traces the rim of the Pictured Rocks escarpment, one of the truly iconic landscapes of ...

  • #8 The Tunnel of Trees

    2 Reviews

    Cross Village, MI

    It's the sweetheart of cyclists, and for good reason: a narrow, winding road shunned by most motorists, lined with tall hardwood whose branches rise and arch to form an expansive canopy shading ...
    •  18.4 miles
    •  Guide

    It's the sweetheart of cyclists, and for good reason: a narrow, winding road shunned by most motorists, lined with tall hardwood ...

  • #9 Island Lake Recreation Area

    5 Reviews

    Brighton, MI

    With its proximity to the Detroit metro area, Island Lake Recreation Area is a convenient getaway from urban sprawl. The park offers two loop trails totaling 12 miles along the flanks of the ...
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    With its proximity to the Detroit metro area, Island Lake Recreation Area is a convenient getaway from urban sprawl. The ...

  • #10 Potawatomi Trail

    3 Reviews

    Ann Arbor, MI

    The Potawatomi Trail is the granddaddy of mountain biking trails in southeastern Michigan—and for a senior citizen, it stills packs a wallop. Sandy hills with exposed roots defeat all but the ...
    •  2 - 4 hours
    •  17.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Potawatomi Trail is the granddaddy of mountain biking trails in southeastern Michigan—and for a senior citizen, it stills ...

  • #11 Rogue River

    4 Reviews

    Rockford, MI

    A quiet western Michigan river easily accessible to Grand Rapids–area paddlers. The Rogue River is a peaceful, unassuming stream that is ideally suited for an easy morning or afternoon paddle. ...
    •  4 - 6 hours
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    A quiet western Michigan river easily accessible to Grand Rapids–area paddlers. The Rogue River is a peaceful, unassuming ...

  • #12 Mackinac Island Trails

    4 Reviews

    Saint Ignace, MI

    Who would have guessed that one of Michigan’s most popular tourist attractions was also home to Michigan’s most difficult section of singletrack? The first 1.2 miles of the Tranquil Bluff Trail ...
    •  1 - 2 hours
    •  9.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Who would have guessed that one of Michigan’s most popular tourist attractions was also home to Michigan’s most difficult ...

  • #13 Paint Creek Trail

    4 Reviews

    Rochester, MI

    The Paint Creek Trail beginnings go back to the 1800s, when a railroad was constructed on the route by the Detroit and Bay City Railroad. Over the years, it was owned and operated by the Michigan ...
    •  20.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Paint Creek Trail beginnings go back to the 1800s, when a railroad was constructed on the route by the Detroit and Bay ...

  • #14 Huron River

    2 Reviews

    Milford, MI

    A highly accessible river with a mellow temperament that makes it a favorite getaway for families throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. The Huron River is a constant and comforting presence ...
    •  24 - 30 hours
    •  55 miles
    •  Guide

    A highly accessible river with a mellow temperament that makes it a favorite getaway for families throughout the Detroit ...

  • #15 Muskegon River

    2 Reviews

    Houghton Lake, MI

    A sleepy section of Michigan’s second-longest river that is ideal for family camping trips. The Muskegon River is the friendly giant of Michigan rivers. It is the state’s second-biggest river ...
    •  26 - 30 hours
    •  85 miles
    •  Guide

    A sleepy section of Michigan’s second-longest river that is ideal for family camping trips. The Muskegon River is the friendly ...

  • #16 Brighton Recreation Area Loops

    5 Reviews

    Brighton, MI

    Two singletrack trails, designed specifically for mountain bikes, opened during the summer of 1998 at this popular recreation area. The 7-mile Murray Lake Loop zigzags through a virtually ob ...
    •  1 - 2 hours
    •  12.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Two singletrack trails, designed specifically for mountain bikes, opened during the summer of 1998 at this popular recreation ...

  • #17 A Capital Ride on the Lansing River Trail

    3 Reviews

    Lansing, MI

    Incredible. Fantastic. Not enough can be said about what the people of Lansing, Michigan's state capital, have done in creating the river trail. They reclaimed a stretch of land along the east ...
    •  9.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Incredible. Fantastic. Not enough can be said about what the people of Lansing, Michigan's state capital, have done in creating ...

  • #18 Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

    3 Reviews

    Waterford, MI

    Pontiac Lake Recreation Area’s popular multiple-use trail system is receiving a face-lift. The Pontiac Lake chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association and the Pontiac Lake Trail Riders ...
    •  1 - 1.5 hours
    •  11.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Pontiac Lake Recreation Area’s popular multiple-use trail system is receiving a face-lift. The Pontiac Lake chapter of the ...

  • #19 Proud Lake Recreation Area

    2 Reviews

    Milford, MI

    The Huron River Valley in metropolitan Oakland County provides the focal point for this major recreation area just minutes from downtown Detroit. The park was established in the mid-1940s and ...
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    The Huron River Valley in metropolitan Oakland County provides the focal point for this major recreation area just minutes ...

  • #20 Bald Mountain Loops

    3 Reviews

    Lake Orion, MI

    Cruising past inland lakes and creeks, these two tree-lined loops offer riders a rollicking good time. Rocky descents, sand traps, and a few steep hills keep you alert, but for the most part ...
    •  1.5 - 2 hours
    •  11.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Cruising past inland lakes and creeks, these two tree-lined loops offer riders a rollicking good time. Rocky descents, sand ...