Northern Michigan Trails

Explore the hiking, biking paddling, winter sports and ORV trails throughout Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Trails is your complete resource for “FIRST-TIME” outdoor recreational trails.  Here you will find a general overview of trails by general interest.  From there, you will have access to difficulty ratings, trail amenities, descriptions and links to area resources with the travel and tourism partners in the region.  We invite you to check out all that our Northern Michigan Trails have to offer.


Experience great trails that are perfect for the beginner hiker. Looking for a great paved trail for a family bike ride or a scenic stroll to watch the sunset, we’ve got the trails for you.  We have broken down first time trails for the family, seniors and have also outlined the great trails part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


From non-motorized, family friendly bike paths through the heart of the forest and along our waterways, to challenging skills courses for the experienced MTB riders, Northern Michigan Trails has a great trail selection for the Road, Mountain and Fat Tire Riders.


7 incredible, scenic, paddling rivers await you in Northern Michigan.  From the bustling Lower Platte, to the white water of the Pine, our rivers meander through some of the the most unspoiled landscape in Northern Michigan.  Rent a watercraft from one of our many liveries or bring your own!

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This incredible 24"x36" map is perfect for any garage, den, or basement. Complete with many of our top regional trails, we will mail you this trail map at no charge. All you need to do is provide your information below. There's no catch, it really is that easy!


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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.