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

 

Hike or ride…

In Manistee County we offer a variety of trails for hiking and biking throughout or region in all 4 seasons of the year. From the crisp fall season, blanketed in vibrant color, to the snow covered trails welcoming XC skiers, snowshoers and fat tire bikers, we have a trail just for you. 
 
So if you are new to the trail or an endurance hiker or biker, in Manistee County you will find just the right scale adventure to feed your need for outdoor exploration.
 

 

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 scenic hiking: Magoon Creek, Arcadia Dunes, Old Baldy. | Biking: Big M
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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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GET TO KNOW MANISTEE COUNTY


 

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Grebe Park

Arcadia Lake is a 100-acre, natural beauty gem and Grebe Park, both family- and pet-friendly, offers access to all. Through the park’s association with Manistee County’s Explore the Shores Program, construction of a special fishing platform and launch site...

Let’s go for a ride!

Grab your bike and let’s go riding... Sometimes, the best areas to ride, are not the formal trail systems in the region. Summer beach rides are a blissful way to go for a ride. Generally winds are lower in the summer so it is easy to cruise along the water...

Riding the Big Bear Butt Cruise

Multi-kilometer bicycle cruises, northern Lower Michigan scenery, campfires and camaraderie. It seemed like a success story just waiting to be written for Manistee County native Bob Schuelke. He turned a love of cycling and the community he grew up in into...

Drop your paddle board in the water

East river floatsOur two Manistee Rivers - Ideal for big groups, kids and people who don’t have a ton of paddling experience that are looking for a true Northern Michigan adventure.The Big Manistee River is wide, and smooth flowing with no rapids or tight...

10 years of Tight Lines for Troops

Ten years ago Manistee charter boat captain Bob Guenthardt had an idea to Honor Veterans with a day of fishing,  “I thought it would be a one-time deal,” Guenthardt said. “We could never have imagined how it has grown.”Every year the Manistee Community...

Red, White & Blue Water

The piers at the mouth of the Manistee River are most often used for watching spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan.  But on one weekend in May in Manistee, at dawn and again at noon, there are spectacular sights of a different variety to be witnessed. In...

Through the Glass – A Photographer’s Eye on Manistee County

Written By: Andrew Allen  Manistee is easily one of the most scenic counties in Michigan, so (although thrilled) we weren’t surprised when Pure Michigan decided to begin its Fall and Seek campaign here. Over the next 3 days we were blessed to have photographer Dan...

Water and Lake Life in Manistee County

There’s fresh water, water, everywhere and even some to drink in Manistee County’s North Coast Region (with a wink and apologies to Samuel Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”). We invite you to immerse yourself in the laid-back lake life in our...

Make it a ladies weekend

Start in the stores....Grab your group of girlfriends and let’s go north for the weekend!Experience downtown Boutique shopping where you receive a personal greeting from the owner who curated the items for your enjoyment.  When you shop in our boutiques...

A weekend snowmobiling trip…

Take a weekend and take to the trails.  Manistee County is a pretty great place to drop in with the sleds for a weekend.  Two great snowmobiling clubs manage and maintain the trails in the area.  The Wellston Snowmobiling club maintains the southern trail...

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