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LEAVE THE ROAD… TAKE TO THE TRAILS IN MANISTEE COUNTY! 

Walk, glide or ride…

We offer a variety of trails for winter HIKING, FAT BIKING, SNOWSHOE and CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Whether you’re a new to the trail or an endurance adventure seeker.  
Download River Float Maps

Plan your next trip with a canoe/kayaking trip in mind.  Enjoy time on any of our three rivers or on the Big Lake, we have mapped all of the most popular spots along the way.

Miles of Hiking Trails

Number of Trail Networks

Miles of North Country Trail in the County

THE BEST SEASON FOR HIKING IS ALWAYS TODAY!

Recommendations for... Snowshoe Seekers: Magoon Creek, Arcadia Dunes, Old Baldy, Manistee River Trail. | Fat Tire Biking : Big M (groomed), Arcadia Dunes, St. Pierre (ungroomed.) | Cross-Country Ski: Big M, Orchard Beach State Park
Download our complete trail guide (Maps & GPS coordinates)

Top Trail Recommendations in the Area


TOP MULTI-DAY HIKING TRAIL
For those looking for a great muti-day hiking segment, we recommend the Manistee River Trail/North Country Trail Loop.  Explore  a 3 day – 2 night trip on the Manistee River Trail/North Country Trail loop from local hiking/outdoor enthusiasts!  Ready this story and more on our interactive partner site: www.Manistee.com!

TOP MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS
The Big-M Recreation Area is a sought out destination for biking enthusiasts across the country. The diverse, well-marked terrain make it an ideal weekend destination.  The groomed winter sports trail is also a huge bonus for year round Fat Tire riding.  In addition to Big-M, we recommend the St. Pierre Trailhead – part of the Arcadia Dunes.  During the spring season, the trilliums are in full bloom and the gentle rolling terrain is inspiring.

TOP QUICK TRIP
For those who would like a walk along the Lake Michigan shoreline, seek any of these three top trails systems; Magoon Creek and the Arcadia Dunes-Baldy Trailhead (also ADA accessible walkway to Lake Michigan overlook).

Arcadia Dunes

Arcadia Dunes
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Magoon Creek Nature Area

Magoon Creek Nature Area
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Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Lake Michigan Recreation Area
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Manistee River Trail

Manistee River Trail
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Manistee Non-Motorized Park

Manistee Non-Motorized Park
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Orchard Beach State Park

Orchard Beach State Park
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Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary

Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary
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Marzinski Trail

Marzinski Horse Trail
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Big-M Recreation Area

Big-M Recreation Area
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