Loop/Endurance Trails & Overnight Hiking 

We have compiled some of the best loop and endurance trails in Northern Michigan and have provided them to you in one easy to access location.  These trails span multiple counties and are perfect for those who really take outdoor hiking and rustic camping seriously.  Browse all of the trials, and check out some top recommendations:

Top multi-day loops:

If staging one vehicle and enjoying a 10-15 mile loop spanning 1-2 nights sounds like a good idea.  These are the tops trails in thee region for this:

Top day trip loops & endurance trails:

For those who like a challenging hike but would rather have a “day-trip” distance of loop trails, here are our top trails in the region we would recommend.  With a wide variety of difficulty/terrain at each trail, this is perfect for beginners to seasoned pros.

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

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

Manistee River Trail/North Country Trail Loop

Fife Lake Trail/North Country Trail Loop

Arcadia Dunes Trail Networks

Big-M Recreation Area Trail Network

Mackenzie Trail Network

South Manitou Trail

North Manitou Trail

Nordhouse Dunes Trail Network

White River Trail Connector


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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.