Manistee South Riverwalk

Why it’s great for the first time hiker…

This ADA accessible, 1.75 mile walk along the southern shores of the Big Manistee River in the heart of Downtown Manistee is great for those enjoying a trip to Downtown Manistee. This is also an ideal spot for viewing the boats and great lakes freighters that frequent the Manistee River Channel. (Biking and pets is not permitted on the Riverwalk)

Best segment(s) for a 1 hour or less hike

The entire segment (one-way) can be completed in under an hour.

Trail Description

At 1.75 miles, the South Riverwalk is an ideal place for a morning, afternoon or evening walk. Well lit along much of the river walk, you will frequently find joggers and families enjoying ice cream at any one of the many seating area’s. The Riverwalk has many access points along the 1.75 mile stretch. We recommend you begin at the east end of River Street and walk all the way down to the First Street Beach/Douglas Park Area. If that is too long of a trek, just go as far as you are comfortable and make your way back up to street level and patron any of the many shops in Downtown Manistee.

Difficulty: Beginner

Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • ADA Accessible
  • Benches Available
  • Historic Markers/Plaques
  • Restrooms
  • Access to Downtown Shopping & Outdoor Dining
  • Direct Marina Access
  • Fish Cleaning Station Access

Trailhead Locations

East End Riverwalk Parking Area

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Located off Mason Street behind the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce (ADA Accessible).

Central River Street Parking Area

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Parking lot located just off River Street (ADA Accessible).

Manistee Marina Access

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Parking lot at the end of Spruce Street (ADA Accessible).

Cedar Street Public Access

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Parking lot off Water Street (ADA Accessible).

Lions Pavilion/Douglas Park Access

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Parking lot at Pavilions (ADA Accessible).


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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.