Best Hiking in Michigan

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

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#1. North Country Trail (NCT) - Michigan Section


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 there it…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Morenci, MI - Hiking - 875 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area


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 in…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Glennie, MI - Hiking - 21 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Chapel Loop


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 arrives…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula"
Munising, MI - Hiking - 9.7 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Pictured Rocks


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 by, a…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula"
Munising, MI - Hiking - 13.3 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Waterloo-Pinckney Recreation Hiking Trail


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 of s…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Jackson, MI - Hiking - 36 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Island Lake Recreation Area


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 scenic Hu…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Brighton, MI - Hiking - 12 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Proud Lake Recreation Area


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 has chan…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Milford, MI - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 21 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. High Country Pathway


A 70-mile loop through some of the most diverse environments in Michigan. Veteran hikers have labeled the High Country Pathway "The Hike Assembled By Committee," since the terrain and habitat change a…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Onaway, MI - Hiking - 70 miles Best Trail in mi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Tahquamenon Falls


Mention Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and most Michigan nature lovers think of the famous waterfalls. The Upper Falls, nearly 50 feet high and 200 feet across, is a well-known icon. Its sibling, the r…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula"
Paradise, MI - Hiking - 6.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Lake Superior Shoreline


Having a vast stretch of Lake Superior shoreline to yourself has a way of growing on you. The appeal deepens when you realize that much of that shoreline features a tilted bedrock stratum, a playful o…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula"
Bessemer, MI - Hiking - 9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Sylvania Wilderness & Recreation Area


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Watersmeet, MI - Hiking - 20 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Mount Arvon - Michigan Highpoint


Highpoint rank by height: 38th. In past years it was very difficult to follow the correct road to this highpoint. However, now the road is clearly marked with numerous light blue, diamond-shaped signs…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
L'Anse, MI - Hiking - 1 mile
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#13. Lake Superior Trail


A point-to-point trail across the park along the shore of beautiful Lake Superior. The longest trail in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, the Lake Superior Trail is a point-to-point trail tha…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Ontonagon, MI - Hiking - 16 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Little Garlic River


Little Garlic River is one of those quiet hikes that steadily grows on you, one subtle scene at a time. Both the Little Garlic River, a pristine brook trout stream that the trail follows, and the surr…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula"
Marquette, MI - Hiking - 8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Kensington Metropark Trails


Planners foreseeing the growth of recreation in the mid-20th century did things right when they proposed this beautiful park in western Oakland County. Set amid the Huron River Valley, Kent Lake, whic…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Milford, MI - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 8.3 miles BestCross-Country Skiing, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#16. Pyramid Point Loop


The Pyramid Point Loop blends all the various environments that make up the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with spectacular vistas as far as the eye can see. From the trailhead the hike mean…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Glen Arbor, MI - Hiking - 2.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Fox River Pathway


A point-to-point trail through fabled Heming way country near the Fox River. Ernest Hemingway based his fabled "Big Two Hearted River" saga on his exploits along this classic northern Michigan trout s…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Seney, MI - Hiking - 27.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Dunes Hiking Trails


A challenging point-to-point Dune Climb-Dunes Trail for adventurous hikers, and a more gentle loop at Sleeping Bear Point for less-experienced dune fans. The Dunes Trail is the most popular of all the…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Empire, MI - Hiking - 6.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Little and Big Carp River Trails


These are hikes along two of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park's rivers, between uplands and shore. From the trail’s junction with the Lake Superior Trail, hikers will lose elevation as they m…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Ontonagon, MI - Hiking - 11 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Bay View Hiking Trails


The Bay View Hiking Trail is one of the longer trails in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, made up of four separate loops. The northernmost loop provides an outstanding view of the Lake Mich…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Glen Arbor, MI - Hiking - 9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides