8 Best Hiking Trails in Michigan!

Waterloo-Pinckney Trail: This 36-mile trail winds through Waterloo State Recreation Area and Pinckney Recreation Area, offering a scenic route through forests, meadows, and wetlands. It's a great option for a weekend backpacking trip.


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North Country Trail: Stretching across seven states, the Michigan section of this long-distance trail traverses diverse landscapes, including forests, rivers, and rolling hills. Numerous sections provide opportunities for day hikes or multi-day backpacking adventures.


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Ludington State Park: Situated along Lake Michigan, this park offers beautiful sandy beaches, wooded dunes, and marshlands. The Lighthouse Trail is a popular choice, leading hikers along the shoreline to the picturesque Big Sable Point Lighthouse.


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Tahquamenon Falls State Park: Home to the Upper Peninsula's largest waterfall, this park features several hiking trails that explore the lush forests and riverbanks. The River Trail offers a scenic 4-mile hike along the Tahquamenon River with views of the magnificent waterfalls.


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Isle Royale National Park: Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Isle Royale offers a pristine wilderness experience. The Greenstone Ridge Trail spans the length of the island, covering 40 miles and showcasing scenic overlooks, serene lakes, and wildlife sightings.


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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: Known as the "Porkies," this park in the Upper Peninsula boasts rugged terrain, old-growth forests, and stunning vistas. The Escarpment Trail offers a challenging 17-mile hike with panoramic views of Lake of the Clouds and the surrounding mountains.


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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: This beautiful area encompasses miles of sandy beaches, towering dunes, and lush forests. The Pyramid Point Trail and Empire Bluff Trail are both short and rewarding hikes with stunning views of Lake Michigan.


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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Located along Lake Superior, this iconic destination offers breathtaking views of towering cliffs, colorful sandstone formations, and stunning waterfalls. The Lakeshore Trail is a popular choice, providing a scenic 42-mile trek along the shoreline.


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