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

Difficulty: Beginner

Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

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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.

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 loops that can be overnight hikes:

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