Best Waterfront Trails

Lake Michigan, Inland Lakes and Rivers – these are the top Waterfront Trails in the region.

For those looking for that perfect hiking backdrop, we have compiled a list of the top waterfront trails in the region.  You can expect to see beautiful views of the Pure Michigan waters in the area.


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 top waterfront trails in the region.

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

Arcadia Dunes Trail Networks

Ludington State Park

Orchard Beach State Park

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Cadillac Foot and Bike Path

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Platte Plains Trail

Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve

Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary

Hardy Dam Rustic Trail


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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.