Pere Marquette State Forest to US-131

Why it’s great for the first time hiker & biker…

This section of the NCT (available for hiking and biking is a great First Time route at nearly 5 miles (10 miles round trip) with some moderate elevation changes in select areas (+/-50’ along gradual inclines) Despite some challenging sections, this are is great to explore with some scenic overlooks on the Big Manistee Lake.

Best segment(s) for a 2 hours or less hike

Take not of the various elevation levels.

Trail Description

The North Country Trail is part of a 4,600 mile trail network from New York State to North Dakota linking 7 states and 10 national forests and more than 150 public lands. The “” section of trail consists of 125+ miles of trail maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club, West Michigan Hiking Club and Spirit of the Woods chapters of the North Country Trail Association.

Difficulty: Beginner

Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Natural/Primitive Surface
  • Campsites along the route
  • Scenic overlook areas

Trailhead Locations


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