North Country Trail

Manistee National Forest, Michigan

Elevation Gain3,333ft
Trailhead Elevation758ft
Elevation Min/Max748/1124ft
Elevation Start/End758/758ft

North Country Trail

North Country Trail is a hiking trail in Manistee County, Michigan. It is within Manistee National Forest. It is 9.1 miles long and begins at 758 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,333 feet. The Red Bridge Lookout Tower (elevation 1,099 feet) tower can be seen along the trail. There is also a camp site along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Upper River Road.

North Country Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Who says there aren’t any mountains in Michigan? This ride has enough sustained climbs along a smooth, hill-hugging 15-mile singletrack trail to make riders forget that they are in a state with a high point of less than 2,000 feet. Cyclists are rewarded with views of the Manistee River, Hodenypyl Dam, and Udell Hills.

The last half of the ride is on paved and dirt roads; but it can just as easily be an out-and-back ride, or you can leave a car at the Dilling Road Trailhead for a car shuttle. Tread: 15.4 miles of singletrack, 11.9 miles of dirt road, 1.8 miles of paved road."

North Country Trail Reviews

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We had to park on Pole Road as the trailhead is not maintained during the winter - but hiked in pulling sleds with our gear and camped on the ridge - probably 3 to 4 feet of snow pack, it was a great trip and the little ledge of a trail is also treachurous for hikers with sleds. Absolutely beautiful views - this trail is not just for bikers!

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Trail Information

Manistee National Forest
Nearby City
Manistee National Forest
Huron-Manistee National Forest, Manistee Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Yuma, Marilla
Local Maps

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Nov 2018