Trails in Manistee County

Orchard Beach State Park

Explore Manistee County’s Premier State Park


Orchard Beach State Park is situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. A stairway leads from the campground to the beach and self-guided hiking trails are adjacent to the park. The park offers a great hike for the casual hiker.  Quick and scenic with many information stations along the trails.  Learn about the natural history of the State Park and Manistee County shoreline. This is also a great spot for a morning cross country ski in the winter months.

The nature trails are part of the state park, therefore a state park passport is required.  You can obtain a pass at the ranger station in the park.


On the trail system,  from the  #1 marker  to the #8 marker on the “small loop” there are may plaques that will describe the history of the “great blow down” along  with an overview of the plant species that thrive in the area.

Trailhead Locations


Orchard Beach State Park


  • Lake Michigan Overlook
  • Paved Walking/Biking Paths
  • MI Rec. Passport Required for Entry
  • Camping Available
  • Picnic Area/Park
  • Restrooms

State Park Nature Trails


  • 4 loop trails available
  • MI Rec. Passport Required for parking