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Trails in Manistee County

Hiking, Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and more

Looking for that great spot to hike or bike?  You are definitely in the right part of Michigan.  Often considered some of the best hiking and biking in the State, Manistee County is home to hundreds of miles of biking (mountain/road) and some of the most picturesque hiking around.

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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

Explore the Trails of Manistee County

From the multi-day hiking trips along the North Country Trail to the single day-hikes of along the Lake Michigan trails, Manistee County is home to nearly 250 miles of hiking and biking trails.
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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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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...

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...

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...

Outdoor Adventure in Manistee’s North Woods

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The Twisted Trails of Manistee County

If spending weekends on ATVs climbing vertical rock walls, barreling through boulder gardens and mud bogs, joining in beat downs, truck pulls, dog parties and winter snow wheeling is your kind of fun, Twisted Trails Off Road Park is the place for you. “We...

Hodenpyl & Tippy Dams

Completed in 1918, Tippy Dam (known as Junction Hydro when it was built) was named after Charles W. Tippy, a board of directors chair for Consumers Power.  Tippy is Consumer Energy’s second largest hydro dam producing up to 20,000 kilowatts and providing...

Fun and Excitement on the Northern Michigan Dragway

Drag racing, off-roading, shooting and archery ranges, bicycle cruises, mountain and fat biking, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding: The opportunities for testing the abilities and endurance of humans and machines year-round are endless in...

3 Harbors of Manistee County

In fair weather in spring, summer and fall, water lovers on kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and PWCs share the Lake Michigan shoreline, harbors and rivers with power boats and sailboats. When the weather gets rough, surfers and kiteboarders navigate swirling...

Northern Natural Cider House & Winery

As is true of so many businesses in Manistee County, the Northern Natural Cider House and Winery in Kaleva is a family operation. When I visited, the Dad, Dennis Mackey, is still living in his great grandfather’s home built in 1905, with wife Diane, and...

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...