South Manitou Island Trails

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


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

The lighthouse is magnificent.

Trail Description

Leisurely walk through an historic village, climb the lighthouse stairs for magnificent views, visit a one room schoolhouse and hike to a small lake on the island. For longer hikes, visit a shipwreck off the shore and stand among giant cedar trees. A more enduring hike would take you atop the bluffs where you can see Lake Michigan in all directions. Another longer hike would be the 10 miles of shoreline around the island.

Difficulty: Most Advanced

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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.