Top Family Hikes in the Woods

Family friendly trails in the woods are abundant in our region. To be a “family friendly hike in the woods” all trails must be well marked, easy to access, and beginner to easy/moderate in difficulty.   Many of these trails also have a variety of loop combinations that allow you to get in a hike in well under two hours.

Top hikes in the woods:

If you are looking to “get back to nature” for half a day (or less) these are great family hiking options in the woods you will surly enjoy.


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 Loop, Overnight & Endurance Trail Networks

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Arcadia Dunes Trail Networks

Big M Recreation Area

Betsie River Pathway

Carl T Johnson/Mitchell State Park

Lake Michigan Recreation area

Orchard Beach State Park

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Coolbough Nature Area

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Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary


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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.