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Trails in Manistee County

Manistee River Trail

Part of the Manistee National Forest – Connected to the North Country Trail System


 

Enjoy this 11+ mile trail system along the high banks of the Big Manistee River between Tippy Dam and Hodenpyle Dam. This relatively new trail was developed in 1992 and offers numerous rustic campsites located throughout the area and many beautiful scenic overlooks. The trail is level and easy hike. Make a weekend of camping and hiking by taking the 23 mile Manistee River Tail/North Country Trail loop.

Explore the North Country Trail Upper Manistee River Trailhead near the Manistee River Trail where you will hike your way through the dense hardwoods high atop the Manistee River bluffs. You can also head down to the Udell Rollways trailhead near Big-M and enjoy a hike through the low flats and rolling hills.

Difficulty/Hiking Tips

The beauty of the Manistee River Trail is that it really is a trail for all skill levels.  Many parts are flat along the bluffs overlooking the Manistee River.  When you do have elevation changes, they are short in distance so you can move at your own pace.

Points of Interest

– Waterfall near Mile Marker 3
– Suspension Bridge crossing river near Hodenpyl Dam
– Overlook of Manistee River/Primative Camping area near Mile Marker 6/7
– Arquilla Creek Crossing Near Mile Marker 9 – Large Log Bridge

Not to be Missed

The Manistee River Little Mac suspension bridge is a 245 foot long foot traffic bridge that is really something to see on the Manistee River Trail. It is the largest wooden suspension bridge in the Lower Peninsula and serves to unite the Manistee River Trail with the North Country Trail.

Read about Cross Country skiing on the Manistee River Trail on our blog: www.manistee.com.

Trailhead Locations


 

Red Bridge Trailhead

Directions

  • Trailhead Marker/Map
  • Parking Area : Fee (USFS)
  • Boat Launch to Manistee River
  • Vault Toilets
  • Potable Water
  • Campsites

 

Upper River Road Trailhead

Directions

  • Trailhead Marker/Map
  • Parking Area : Fee (USFS)
  • Direct access to the North Country Trail/Manistee River Trail Loop

 

Seaton Creek Campground

Directions

  • Trailhead Marker/Map
  • Parking Area : Fee (USFS)
  • Direct access to the North Country Trail/Manistee River Trail Loop
  • Potable Water
  • Vault Toilets
  • Campsites
  • Access to Hodenpyl Dam Viewing Area

 

Suspension Bridge Crossing

Directions

  • Primitive Parking Area
  • Parking Area : Fee (USFS)
  • Direct access to the North Country Trail/Manistee River Trail Loop
  • Access the Bridge (if visiting for the day) from the north along Upper River Road.

 

Marilla Trailhead

Directions

  • Primitive Parking Area
  • Parking Area : Fee (USFS)
  • Direct access to the North Country Trail/Manistee River Trail Loop
  • Vault Toilets