Tucked among the natural beauty of Michigan is a vast network of trails covering all corners of the state. Whether it be biking, hiking, riding or boating, these trails are perfect for quick getaways or week-long adventures across the state. Read more on just a few of the many trail systems to explore across Michigan.

Hiking Trails

It’s hard to find a state that has better views on the trails than Michigan. Here, we have beaten paths that will guide you to waterfalls, mountains, canyons and overlooks that will take your breath away. And while there’s hiking trails for all skill levels, you’ll never be disappointed no matter what you choose. If you’re a serious adventure-seeker, test your endurance on the Iron Belle Trail, the longest designated state trail in the nation.

Water Trails

Did you know that no matter where you are in Michigan, you’re never more than six miles away from a lake, river or stream? No wonder our license plates used to read ‘water wonderland’! Our expansive trail systems make for excellent boating, kayaking and paddle boarding trips, not to mention a boastful fishing scene. If you’re a true watersport enthusiast, be sure to sign up for the Au Sable Canoe Marathon that takes place on July 29. Be sure to practice safety on the water (and don’t forget the sunscreen!)

Biking Trails

Grab your bike and ride! Whether it be pedaling through lush forests or exploring historic urban neighborhoods, there’s so much to see as you bike in Michigan. Michigan also boast more than 2,700 miles of rails-to-trails and is home to the International Mountain Biking Association Silver Level Ride Center in Copper Harbor. Be sure to check out Slow Roll when in Detroit or the winding DTE Energy Foundation Trail in the Waterloo Recreation Area (perfect for mountain bikers!).

Off-Road Vehicle Trails

Rev up your engines and pack up the ATVs! Michigan has plenty of trails for those who don’t mind getting their vehicles a little dusty and dirty. For a truly memorable off-road experience, head to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Mears which is the only place in Michigan you can drive on the dunes.

Equestrian Trails

Did you really think Michigan only had trails for humans? Neigh! Michigan’s equestrian trails cater to both beginners and the most experienced riders as you cross towering bridges, wander through converted railroad trails and stride along hundreds of rivers and streams. No matter what level of rider you are or whether you’re looking for a short loop or an extended adventure, Michigan has the perfect equestrian trail.


Do you know what’s great about Michigan trails? They can be enjoyed in the winter, too! Whether it be cross country skiing, snowshoeing or fat tire biking, nearly all trails can enjoyed no matter the season.

Looking for other places to see and things to do across Michigan? Be sure to check out our other Empowered Community blogs for more great ideas!

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