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Trails in Manistee County

The Arcadia Dunes : CS Mott Preserve

Part of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy


Arcadia Dunes offers everything from beginner to more challenging trails for hiking and mountain biking. Enjoy the simple, but beautiful Old Baldy trail as it leads you through dense hardwoods to the beautiful dune bluffs of Lake Michigan. This overlook is a great place for an afternoon picnic or a run with the family pet! A universally accessible, non-motorized trail opens in spring of 2017 offering a half-mile paved trail to a scenic dune overlooking Lake Michigan.

The Dry Hill Trail from the St. Pierre trailhead is a 10 mile loop known to mountain bikers as some of the best single track riding in the region. This trail is also friendly to hikers and trail runners, featuring spectacular wild flower displays, particularly in the spring.

Hike Old Baldy in the morning and then grab your bike and head out on the Dry Hill trail system for a terrific Manistee trail experience.

  • 10 mile loop (Dry Hill Trail)
  • 1.5 mile loop (Pete’s Woods)
  • 2 mile loop (Chestnut Trail)
  • 1.7 mile direct trail to “Old Baldy” sand dune area/hiking trails
  • 0.7 mile direct “short” trail to “Old Baldy” sand dune area/hiking trails
  • 0.5 mile non-motorized, pavedĀ trail to dune overlook

Trailhead Locations


Baldy Trailhead

Baldy TrailheadDirections

  • Trailhead Marker/Map
  • Parking Area – No Fee
  • ADA Accessible walkway to Lake Mich. Overlook


St. Pierre Trailhead

St. PierreĀ TrailheadDirections

  • Trailhead Marker/Map
  • Parking Area – No Fee
  • Ideal for Hiking and Biking