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.

  • #1 Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

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    Midland, MI

    Located in central Michigan, the 30-mile paved Pere Marquette Rail-Trail (PMRT) offers a family-friendly recreational corridor through pastoral countryside and charming small towns. An extremely ...
    •  30 miles
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    Located in central Michigan, the 30-mile paved Pere Marquette Rail-Trail (PMRT) offers a family-friendly recreational corridor ...

  • #2 Gallup Park Loop and Spur

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    Ann Arbor, MI

    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, ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.8 miles
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    This 69-acre park straddles both sides of the scenic Huron River, connecting from one side to the other over a series of ...

  • #3 Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary

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    Orchard Lake, MI

    The sanctuary’s Main Trail, Marsh Trail, Lakeview Loop, Woodland Loop, and Pond Trail weave through stately old- and new-growth forests amid the rolling terrain in northwestern Oakland County. ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  1.6 miles
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    The sanctuary’s Main Trail, Marsh Trail, Lakeview Loop, Woodland Loop, and Pond Trail weave through stately old- and new-growth ...

  • #4 Seven Ponds Nature Center Loops

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    Metamora, MI

    Dirt trails and boardwalks interweave around seven small lakes or ponds, formed by glaciers and connected by streams and channels. An A-frame bridge offers panoramic views of the ponds and wetlands ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
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    Dirt trails and boardwalks interweave around seven small lakes or ponds, formed by glaciers and connected by streams and ...

  • #5 West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve

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    Grand Blanc, MI

    Tucked away off a busy stretch of Pontiac Trail in northern Oakland County, the West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve offers a tranquil escape from the surrounding suburbia. The gentle 2.5-mile ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.5 miles
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    Tucked away off a busy stretch of Pontiac Trail in northern Oakland County, the West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve offers ...

  • #6 West Bloomfield Trail

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    Orchard Lake, MI

    The former right-of-way of an early Michigan railroad today is a favorite recreation path stretching from the West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve to Sylvan Manor Park. Along its 4.3-mile route, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.3 miles
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    The former right-of-way of an early Michigan railroad today is a favorite recreation path stretching from the West Bloomfield ...

  • #7 Woodland Hills

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    Farmington Hills, MI

    Woodland Hills is home to one of the last vestiges of beech-maple forests in southeastern Michigan. Never mind that the network of trails crisscrossing this nature park lies a stone’s throw from ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.7 miles
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    Woodland Hills is home to one of the last vestiges of beech-maple forests in southeastern Michigan. Never mind that the network ...

  • #8 Waterloo State Recreation Area: Hickory Hills Trail

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    Chelsea, MI

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.3 miles
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    The longest of the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center trails, the aptly named Hickory Hills Trail passes through oak-hickory ...

  • #9 Hudson Mills Metropark: Acorn Nature Trail

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    Holt, MI

    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, ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  2 miles
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    The Acorn Nature Trail weaves through woods, a tamarack swamp, and along the banks of a scenic stretch of the Huron River ...

  • #10 Wolcott Mill Metropark: Settler’s Trail

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    Ray, MI

    Situated along the winding northern branch of the Clinton River, the historic Wolcott Mill looks like a slice of Americana that Norman Rockwell might have illustrated for the Saturday Evening ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.9 miles
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    Situated along the winding northern branch of the Clinton River, the historic Wolcott Mill looks like a slice of Americana ...

  • #11 Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area: Campground to Beach Trail

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    Waterford Township, MI

    The only hiking trail—which is labeled Campground to Beach on the official map—begins just off the beach at Pontiac Lake. It passes through heavy woods, marshlands, and old farm fields to the ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
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    The only hiking trail—which is labeled Campground to Beach on the official map—begins just off the beach at Pontiac Lake. ...

  • #12 University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Trails

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    Ann Arbor, MI

    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 ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.4 miles
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    The network of trails at the Nichols Arboretum crisscross a diverse landscape of wooded hills, wetlands, shrub and flower ...

  • #13 Pinckney State Recreation Area: Losee Lake Trail

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    Lansing, MI

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.3 miles
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    Despite its name, the Losee Lake Trail spends little time around its namesake lake, though there are some nice views of the ...

  • #14 Stony Creek Metropark: East Lake Trails

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    Romeo, MI

    The East Lake Trails are a series of four connecting loops on the east side of Stony Creek Upper Lake. The trails are the most rustic of the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center trails and wind ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.2 miles
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    The East Lake Trails are a series of four connecting loops on the east side of Stony Creek Upper Lake. The trails are the ...

  • #15 23 Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center Loops

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    Troy, MI

    At the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center at the northern edge of Troy, gentle trails interlace through old- and new-growth forests and across a narrow stream, the headwaters of the north branch of ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.4 miles
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    At the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center at the northern edge of Troy, gentle trails interlace through old- and new-growth forests ...

  • #16 Kensington Metropark: Wildwing Trail

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    New Hudson, MI

    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, ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  2 miles
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    The nature center’s longest trail, the Wildwing Trail, is easy to follow as it loops around Wildwing Lake. Ample opportunities ...

  • #17 Brighton State Recreation Area: Penosha Trail

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    Bath, MI

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  5 miles
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    The longest of the hiking trails at Brighton State Recreation Area in Livingston County, the Penosha Trail (Penosha is the ...

  • #18 Island Lake State Recreation Area: Yellow Loop

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    Perry, MI

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
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    Formerly known as the East Loop, the renamed Yellow Loop circles a winding stretch of the Huron River, passing through mature ...

  • #19 Holly State Recreation Area: Wilderness Trail

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    Ortonville, MI

    The Wilderness Trail traverses some of the most rolling and wooded terrain in the Holly State Recreation Area and northern Oakland County. The trail remains primarily in the woods, thick with ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.7 miles
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    The Wilderness Trail traverses some of the most rolling and wooded terrain in the Holly State Recreation Area and northern ...

  • #20 Detroit RiverWalk

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    Detroit, MI

    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 ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  2 miles
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    One of the newest developments in downtown, the Detroit RiverWalk opens up a vast stretch of the riverfront to the public. ...