Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Why it’s great for the first time hiker & biker…

The Lake Michigan Recreation Area is great for first time hikers and bikers.  These trails are fairly flat and easy going. The loops is only about 3.5 miles long and can be completed in under an hour if moving at a swift pace.  This is an ideal spot to bring the entire family for a walk, or ride and you can enjoy a dip in Lake Michigan after.


Best segment(s) for a 2 hours or less hike

The entire segment can be completed in under 2 hours.

Trail Description

North of Ludington, just outside the county lines on West Forest Trail Road off of Quarterline Road.  There are many rustic campsites, great picnic/ playground areas, Lake Michigan beach access and challenging hiking/ mountain bike trails in this area, as well as a 20+ mile foot trail network at Nordhouse Dunes.

Difficulty: Beginner


Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Natural/Hard Pack Trial
  • Picnic Area
  • Potable Water
  • Playground
  • Fee for use

Trailhead Locations

Trailhead - Lake Michigan Rec. Area

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Unplug. Explore. Michigan's Great Outdoors.

The Michigan's Great Outdoors collaborative consists of five Northern Michigan counties all working together to promote tourism in the region.  With so many hiking, biking, winter sports, and ORV trails in the region that dynamically connect these counties, this site is devoted to educate the first-time visitor to the region looking to explore the great outdoors for the first time.  We welcome you to browse this site and explore all this region has to offer.