Top Family Hiking Trails

Are you a first time hiker? Are you traveling with the kids or disabled with ADA accessible needs? We have outlined a complete list of trails in the region that will fit your needs.  These trails outlined here are some of the most beautiful in the region that is perfect for those looking for a quick hike under two hours. All of these trails can be tackled in under 2 hours.

Top Trails for Families: Hikes under 2 hours

We know that parents, grandparents and kids of all ages enjoy a day outside in mother nature, but not the entire day.  Therefore, we have mapped out the region’s top trails that can be completed in under 2 hours.


The “Essential 9”
Day-Hike Checklist

  1. Navigation (compass or gps)
  2. Sun Protection
  3. Insulation/layered clothing
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First Aid Kit
  6. Waterproof Matches or Fire starter
  7. Multi-tool
  8. Nutrition

Access the vast network of family friendly & ADA accessible trails in the region

Click on a marker to select and learn more about the trail.

Betsie Valley Trail

Access all the trail information

Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Ludington State Park

Michigan Legacy Art Park

Orchard Beach State Park

Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary

Ensley Twp. Nature Area

Hard Dam Rustic Trail


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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.