Yankee Springs State Recreation Area Trails

Middleville, Michigan 49333

Yankee Springs State Recreation Area Trails

Yankee Springs State Recreation Area Trails Professional Review and Guide

"The hills of Southwestern Lower Michigan harbor some surprisingly good cross-country skiing, and this recreation area—the state’s euphemism for spots that offer more recreation opportunities than do state parks—is one of the best places to find them. Hugging the northern shoreline of Gun Lake, one of the area’s largest and best, this 5,000-acre facility was once a Native American hunting ground, the home of the famous Chief Noonday.

It was also the site of Yankee Springs, a village established in 1835 by Yankee Bill Lewis, who ran a stagecoach stop here on the route between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. There are still lots of deer, grouse, and other wildlife to be encountered on the trails, most of which you’ll find in the area of Long and Hall Lakes, in the park’s center. Surface quality: Groomed and single track set."

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"Tucked among ridges and some boggy areas, the trail starts in rich forest and, after an impressive climb of a scenic hill, takes you along a lovely lakeshore."

"Bopping in and out of trees and rolling along a picturesque ridgeline, this fun and fast mountain bike–only trail cruises among tall red pines and past the Devil’s Soup Bowl, a sunken area surrounded by thick trees. The most strenuous climbs come in the middle section, as the trail rolls above a ravine on a narrow ridge.

The popular, buffed trail is marked with numbered posts and arrows, making it virtually impossible to get lost. Riders, however, will find plenty of other challenges, including log jumps and rutted ascents and descents with sandy runouts. Rubber mats in the sandiest sections help riders climb particularly steep hills. Cyclists who want to cut the ride short have several options. Tread: 12.9 miles of singletrack, 0.2 mile of dirt road."

"Starting and ending with an easy interpretive trail, this hike can work for small children if confined to the initial loop, or challenge stronger legs with some steep climbs at the farthest point if done entirely."

Yankee Springs State Recreation Area Trails Reviews

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6/4/2017
In June participated in a half marathon event here, the single track is just as fun to run along as it is for mountain biking. It’s a challenging section of hilly thick woods, lots of roots and rocks so pick up your feet if you don’t like tripping. Had a blast and enjoyed getting out in nature.
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5/22/2015
Find the trailhead at the parking area for the Long Lake Outdoor Center. The trail swings by Hall Lake, then there is a moderate and steady ascent to the top of the Devil's Soup Bowl, an old and steep sinkhole. You can hike around the Devil's Soup Bowl. If you do, go counter-clockwise, as there is a steep descent to the saddle between the Devil's Soup Bowl and an adjoining, smaller sinkhole. The trail is well-marked.
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5/29/2005
This trail is a good workout if you do the entire trail. There are a lot of steep up and downhills. There is a lot sand that is difficult to get through if you are going to slow. Halfway through its time to sweat, Alot of steep hills. If you are brave enough go check out the Devils Soup Bowl. Quite challenging!!
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Trail Information

Middleville
Nearby City
7
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Day trip
Duration
780 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Snowmobiling
Additional Use

Activity Feed

Oct 2018