Best Hiking Trails in Northern Michigan

From Traverse City to Alpena and points in between, the northern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is home to wonderful vacation destinations and plenty of natural beauty to explore.

If you’re planning to be in the area, make a point to spend a day on foot, checking out some of the best hiking trails in Michigan.

  • Alpena Bi-Path This flat, paved trail is a great way to explore everything the City of Alpena has to offer, including the Thunder Bay Recreation Area and National Marine Sanctuary, Island Park and Wildlife Sanctuary and plenty of city parks and beaches with views of Lake Huron.


  • Bear River

    Bear River Trail Located in Petoskey, this short route takes you along the beautiful Bear River, which boasts the Lower Peninsula’s only whitewater course. Photo credit: bagaball




  • Leelanau Trail Travel from Traverse City to Suttons Bay on this trail, enjoying vineyards, lakes, ponds, farms and ample natural beauty.



Empire Beach trail and overlook
  • Shore-to-Shore Trail Want to walk from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron? You can on this 220-mile trail, which ultimately connects the towns of Empire and Oscoda. Hikers will enjoy rural Michigan through back roads and river valleys. Photo credit: knitsteel  



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