Best Snowshoeing in Michigan

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

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#1. Sand Lakes Quiet Area Trails


This is one of the most popular ski areas in the region, yet it also feels like one of the most remote, depending on where you are on the system. The quiet area gets its name from the fact that no mot…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Traverse City, MI - Hiking, Snowshoeing - 8 miles
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#2. Mason Tract Pathway


Glide into the dense cedar, pine, and hardwood forest trail starting at the edge of Chase Bridge Road and you’ve entered some of the wildest country in Lower Michigan. But don’t worry, it’s friendly w…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Grayling, MI - Snowshoeing - 9.5 miles
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#3. Active Backwoods Retreat Trails


Eric Anderson decided that his day job as an engineer at a Detroit-area auto parts company wasn’t as rewarding as a life in the Upper Peninsula woods, and cross-country skiers are the better for his d…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Ironwood, MI - Snowshoeing - 20.5 miles
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#4. Harlow Lake Ski Trail


This little ski hideaway is a great find that’s generally used only by locals. It’s in a beautiful backcountry setting only a few miles outside the Upper Peninsula’s largest city, and takes in some o…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Marquette, MI - Snowshoeing - 6 miles
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#5. Big M Cross-Country Ski Area Trails


A booming local downhill ski area until the early 1970s, when someone overbuilt it and it went bust, Big M has hosted legions of dedicated cross-country skiers since 1984, when the Manistee Cross-Coun…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Manistee, MI - Snowshoeing - 18.6 miles
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#6. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Trails


The upper peninsula is wilderness central for Michigan, and you’re in the heart of that capital when you step into your skis here. Within the park’s 58,000 acres is one of the largest expanses of virg…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Ontonagon, MI - Snowshoeing - 26 miles
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#7. Valley Spur Ski Trails


This is one of the most popular trail systems in Michigan’s vast Upper Peninsula, and once you arrive, you’ll easily see why. The system has a great variety of trails for all ability levels, from mode…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Munising, MI - Snowshoeing - 38 miles
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#8. Munising Cross-Country Ski Trail


You may never find a more picturesque place to ski than here along the lip of a natural sandstone rock face plunging into Lake Superior. All loops but one require intermediate ski experience at most,…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Munising, MI - Snowshoeing - 11.7 miles
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#9. Giant Pines Loop


Tahquamenon is one of the most storied locations in all the state. The setting for Longfellow’s epic Hiawatha, the river holds a special place in the hearts of those who visit it because it’s so beaut…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Paradise, MI - Snowshoeing - 6.6 miles
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#10. 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 - Hiking, Snowshoeing - 8.3 miles
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#11. Camp Hayo-Went-Ha Trails


Who'd ever have thought you’d be returning to summer camp at your age to ski or snowshoe? But this is one of the most beautiful ski settings you’ll find in the Lower Peninsula. All the trails are lo…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Central Lake, MI - Snowshoeing - 16.7 miles
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#12. Boyne Nordican XC Trail System


Many folks skiing the alpine slopes of the northern Lower Peninsula’s premier downhill ski area probably wonder just where all those free-wheeling Nordic-type skiers disappear to when they get off the…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Boyne Falls, MI - Snowshoeing - 24.8 miles
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#13. Crystal Mountain Resort Trails


Want a family-friendly ski resort? You’ve come to the right place. Crystal prides itself on making young families feel at home, whether it’s in a slopeside lodge room, the village homes in the woods,…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Thompsonville, MI - Snowshoeing - 24.8 miles
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#14. Pigeon Creek Park Trails


Just outside one of the West Michigan coastline’s most charming towns is one of the finest areas open for public use in southwestern Lower Michigan. The majority of runs are intended for families, r…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Grand Haven, MI - Snowshoeing - 10 miles
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#15. Garland Resort Trails


Turn into the beautifully lighted entrance and you’ll think you’ve entered cross-country heaven. What Garland lacks in trail difficulty, it makes up for in everything else. Start with the lodge: It’s…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Lewiston, MI - Snowshoeing - 40 miles
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#16. Mackinac Island State Park Trails


Want to experience Mackinac Island as close as you can to the way it was in the 18th and 19th centuries with the added luxuries that you’ll experience back at your hotel or B&B room? Come here in wint…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Mackinac Island, MI - Snowshoeing - 6 miles
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#17. Wilderness State Park Trails


Stop here and you’ll see why Michiganians consider themselves lucky. Wilderness is small yet huge, with more than 30 miles of coast that juts like a needle into Lake Michigan. You can still walk its…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Mackinaw City, MI - Snowshoeing - 8 miles
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#18. Wilderness Valley Trails


You can thank the glaciers that once spread over most of Michigan for this ski area, nestled in the high hardwood hills southwest of Gaylord. This four-season complex—golf in spring, summer, and fal…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Gaylord, MI - Snowshoeing - 34.8 miles
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#19. Treetops Sylvan Resort Trails


The 1999–2000 ski season saw the resurgence of Treetops as one of the best places for cross-country skiing. Changes in the trail system the previous season or two brought groans of disappointment from…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
Gaylord, MI - Snowshoeing - 11 miles
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#20. Muskegon State Park Trails


The community that once was known as the Queen City for its lumber which helped build America’s West in the 19th century, is now known, among other things, as the location of one of the nation’s only…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Michigan"
North Muskegon, MI - Snowshoeing - 5 miles
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