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.

  • #1 Chapel Loop

    9 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 North Country Trail (NCT) - Michigan Section

    1 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 ...

  • #3 Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area

    9 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 ...

  • #4 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 ...

  • #5 Waterloo-Pinckney Recreation Hiking Trail

    5 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 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 ...

  • #7 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 ...

  • #8 High Country Pathway

    3 Reviews

    Onaway, MI

    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 ...
    •  70 miles
    •  Guide

    A 70-mile loop through some of the most diverse environments in Michigan. Veteran hikers have labeled the High Country Pathway ...

  • #9 Tahquamenon Falls

    4 Reviews

    Paradise, MI

    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, ...
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Mention Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and most Michigan nature lovers think of the famous waterfalls. The Upper Falls, nearly ...

  • #10 Mount Arvon - Michigan Highpoint

    2 Reviews

    L'Anse, MI

    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 ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Highpoint rank by height: 38th. In past years it was very difficult to follow the correct road to this highpoint. However, ...

  • #11 Sylvania Wilderness & Recreation Area

    1 Reviews

    Watersmeet, MI

    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 ...
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    Trails in wilderness and an adjoining recreation area of nearly 19,000 acres. The Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area ...

  • #12 Lake Superior Shoreline

    2 Reviews

    Bessemer, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Having a vast stretch of Lake Superior shoreline to yourself has a way of growing on you. The appeal deepens when you realize ...

  • #13 Lake Superior Trail

    2 Reviews

    Ontonagon, MI

    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 ...
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    A point-to-point trail across the park along the shore of beautiful Lake Superior. The longest trail in Porcupine Mountains ...

  • #14 Kensington Metropark Trails

    1 Reviews

    Milford, MI

    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, ...
    •  Day trip
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Planners foreseeing the growth of recreation in the mid-20th century did things right when they proposed this beautiful park ...

  • #15 Little Garlic River

    2 Reviews

    Marquette, MI

    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 ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Little Garlic River is one of those quiet hikes that steadily grows on you, one subtle scene at a time. Both the Little Garlic ...

  • #16 Pyramid Point Loop

    1 Reviews

    Glen Arbor, MI

    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 ...
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Pyramid Point Loop blends all the various environments that make up the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with spectacular ...

  • #17 Escarpment

    2 Reviews

    Bessemer, MI

    For many Porkies’ veterans, the Escarpment is at the top of any “don’t miss” list of outings in the park. Open meadows on this ridgetop offer long sight lines and memorable views of the area’s ...
    •  4 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    For many Porkies’ veterans, the Escarpment is at the top of any “don’t miss” list of outings in the park. Open meadows on ...

  • #18 Fox River Pathway

    3 Reviews

    Seney, MI

    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 ...
    •  27.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A point-to-point trail through fabled Heming way country near the Fox River. Ernest Hemingway based his fabled "Big Two Hearted ...

  • #19 Dunes Hiking Trails

    2 Reviews

    Empire, MI

    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 ...
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A challenging point-to-point Dune Climb-Dunes Trail for adventurous hikers, and a more gentle loop at Sleeping Bear Point ...

  • #20 Little and Big Carp River Trails

    4 Reviews

    Ontonagon, MI

    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 ...
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    These are hikes along two of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park's rivers, between uplands and shore. From the trail’s ...