Best Walking in Michigan

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

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#1. Dequindre Cut Greenway


The Dequindre Cut Greenway connects the Detroit RiverWalk at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, the only urban site in Michigan’s state park system, to the city’s historic Eastern Market. The…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Detroit, MI - Walking - 2.6 miles
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#2. Detroit RiverWalk


One of the newest developments in downtown, the Detroit RiverWalk opens up a vast stretch of the riverfront to the public. The wellmaintained path offers panoramic views of the scenic Detroit River an…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Detroit, MI - Walking - 2 miles
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#3. Gallup Park Loop and Spur


This 69-acre park straddles both sides of the scenic Huron River, connecting from one side to the other over a series of tiny islands and bridges. The park is a well-known locale for walking, running,…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Ann Arbor, MI - Walking - 3.8 miles
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#4. Matthaei Botanical Gardens: Fleming Creek and Dix Pond Trails


The combination of five trails plus several remarkable gardens make Matthaei Botanical Gardens a worthy destination. Combining the Fleming Creek and Dix Pond trails creates a loop through a diverse la…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Dixboro, MI - Walking - 1.6 miles
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#5. Matthaei Botanical Gardens: Fleming Creek, Marilyn Bland Prairie, and Sam Graham Trees Trails


Combined, the Fleming Creek, Marilyn Bland Prairie, and Sam Graham Trees trails traverse all of the garden property’s local habitats: floodplain, a small glacial hill, old woodlots, fallow fields, and…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Dixboro, MI - Walking - 1.3 miles
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#6. University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Trails


The network of trails at the Nichols Arboretum crisscross a diverse landscape of wooded hills, wetlands, shrub and flower gardens, prairies, and a long stretch of the Huron River. The Arb, as it’s kno…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Ann Arbor, MI - Walking - 3.4 miles
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#7. Hudson Mills Metropark: Acorn Nature Trail


The Acorn Nature Trail weaves through woods, a tamarack swamp, and along the banks of a scenic stretch of the Huron River frequented by kayakers and canoeists. The landscape of woods, fields, and swam…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Holt, MI - Walking - 2 miles
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#8. Pinckney State Recreation Area: Crooked Lake Trail


The longest of the day-hiking trails within the boundaries of Pinckney State Recreation Area, Crooked Lake winds deep into hardwood forests; over rolling, sometimes rugged terrain; and by lakes and we…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Lansing, MI - Walking - 5.1 miles
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#9. Pinckney State Recreation Area: Losee Lake Trail


Despite its name, the Losee Lake Trail spends little time around its namesake lake, though there are some nice views of the water along the last stretch of the hike. The trail covers ground similar to…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Lansing, MI - Walking - 3.3 miles
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#10. Pinckney State Recreation Area: Silver Lake Trail


The shortest of Pinckney State Recreation Area’s hiking trails, the 1.9-mile Silver Lake Trail begins along the shores of Silver Lake but almost immediately veers westward through hardwood forests and…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Lansing, MI - Walking - 1.9 miles
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#11. Waterloo State Recreation Area: Hickory Hills Trail


The longest of the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center trails, the aptly named Hickory Hills Trail passes through oak-hickory forests and remnants of an old golf course. The trail also covers some of the…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Chelsea, MI - Walking - 5.3 miles
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#12. Brighton State Recreation Area: Kahchin Trail


The Kahchin, or Yellow, Trail is the shorter of the two main hiking trails at Brighton State Recreation Area. The trail is a short loop within the longer Penosha, or Blue, Trail (see hike number 13, p…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Bath, MI - Walking - 2 miles
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#13. Brighton State Recreation Area: Penosha Trail


The longest of the hiking trails at Brighton State Recreation Area in Livingston County, the Penosha Trail (Penosha is the Chippewa word for “long”) loops through the southeastern section of the 4,947…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Bath, MI - Walking - 5 miles
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#14. Island Lake State Recreation Area: Blue Loop


The longest of the hiking trails at Island Lake State Recreation Area, the Blue Loop traverses deeper into the park but covers much of the same terrain as the shorter Yellow Loop. The landscape is a b…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Chilson, MI - Walking - 9 miles
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#15. Island Lake State Recreation Area: Yellow Loop


Formerly known as the East Loop, the renamed Yellow Loop circles a winding stretch of the Huron River, passing through mature woods, meadows, fields, and wetlands. Occasionally, the trail follows and…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Perry, MI - Walking - 6 miles
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#16. Kensington Metropark: Deer Run, Fox, and Chickadee Trails


The Deer Run Trail loops through woods and marshlands in the northeastern section of the 700-acre nature center property. A boardwalk cuts through an ancient bog and offers a shortcut for hikers who d…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
New Hudson, MI - Walking - 1.8 miles
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#17. Kensington Metropark: Wildwing Trail


The nature center’s longest trail, the Wildwing Trail, is easy to follow as it loops around Wildwing Lake. Ample opportunities exist to see aquatic life, such as muskrats and snapping turtles, as well…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
New Hudson, MI - Walking - 2 miles
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#18. Lakelands Trail State Park


Running east and west along an abandoned railroad line, this portion of the Lakelands Trail State Park passes through rolling farmland, woodlands, and wetlands. The gentle trail frequently crosses rur…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Chilson, MI - Walking - 7.6 miles
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#19. Proud Lake State Recreation Area: River Trail


The River Trail crosses through a huge swath of the Proud Lake State Recreation Area, giving hikers a good sense of the park’s varied landscape. The trail initially runs along the wooded southern bank…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Milford, MI - Horseback Riding, Walking - 5.7 miles
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#20. Bald Mountain State Recreation Area: North Unit Trails


The North Unit Trails of Bald Mountain State Recreation Area traverse some of the hilliest and steepest terrain in southeast Michigan. This portion of the park is thick with hardwood forests and is ho…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Ann Arbor and Detroit"
Lake Orion, MI - Walking - 7 miles
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