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Potawatomi Trail

Unadilla Township, MI

Potawatomi Trail is a 17.5 mile loop trail located near Gregory, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

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Chapel Loop / Mosquito loop trail head
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33 Completed 10 Reviews

My new favorite hike in my new favorite National Park. Whole trail was amazing. Three waterfalls, Two spectacular beaches, unmatched coastline, great views, and pretty forest with aspen trees everywhere

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Skyline Trail
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2 Completed 3 Reviews

This is a great trail for kids, and also for those who aren't quite up for the park's Ridge Trail but want to get a taste of the deep, densely forested dune valleys gracing Ludington SP. Good views of Lake Michigan and the scrubby foredunes, too. You'll need to climb a long staircase to access the trail (there are several landings with benches along the stairs, for those who need them), but once you're up there it's an easy boardwalk through the treetops. This trail makes a nice combination with the Sable River Trail (park in the Hamlin Dam lot, cross the dam--packed with fishermen during the fall salmon run--and follow the easy, flat Sable River Trail to the Skyline Trail access stairs; this will add a little under a mile to your hike). Or, if you're feeling more ambitious, the staircase running down to the dunes from the Skyline Trail's south side brings you to the northernmost point of the ski trails, three stacked loops through interdunal scrub and wetlands adding anywhere from 1-6 miles to your hike (and likely sightings of deer, grouse, and various butterflies as well).

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Lighthouse Trail
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2 Completed 3 Reviews

The map on this page is misleading--it shows the dirt road running between Pines Campground and the lighthouse (called the Lighthouse Road), not the actual Lighthouse Trail, which runs between Lost Lake and the lighthouse. You can indeed easily walk (or bike) the Lighthouse Road, starting from either Pines Campground or the Lake Michigan Beach House just southwest of it, but it's a far prettier and more satisfying hike to take the Lighthouse Trail, where you can enjoy the succession from beach to foredunes to interdunal wetlands to dune forest that makes Ludington SP special. Our favorite route is to start at Hamlin Beach, from which the Lost Lake Trail takes you to the Lighthouse Trail, then return after visiting the lighthouse (restrooms, gift shop, tour) by walking about a mile down the Lighthouse Road to the Coast Guard Trail, which takes you through some lovely dune forest back to Hamlin Beach (the Coast Guard Trail ends at Beechwood Campground; just cut across the campground to pick up the Lost Lake Trail taking you back to Hamlin Beach). This adds up to about 5 miles of moderate hiking, with around a quarter of it involving soft sand and/or climbing. Good chances of seeing deer, birds, butterflies and dune wildflowers.

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Pigeon Creek Park Trails
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Not a great trail too do after a rain. it was very soft for mountain biking.

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Little Manistee River
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful had an amazing time me and 3 of my friends did it in 2 days we camped at the campsite with the rope swing it was hands down beautiful

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Pontiac Lake Recreation Area
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6 Completed 5 Reviews

This small hike is handicap accessible and gives you great views of the beautiful falls. Tourist location a worth the stop. Highlight of my weekend.

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Tahquamenon Falls
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Awesome trail! Be sure to bring your swimsuit!

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asylum lake preserve
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Trails aren't really marked once you enter. That being said, it's small enough that you won't get lost and there are plenty of hills to give you a good workout. It's in the city, but quiet enough and far enough out of the way to provide a peaceful and relaxing jog or walk.

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North Country Trail: Michigan 20 to South Nichols Lake
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

This trail is fairly decent. Well maintained, very easy to follow, and somewhat scenic (4 stars because it's a bit repetitive). I wouldn't really consider it a loop, but you can make part of it into a loop if you do what I did. I started at the Michigan 20 Trailhead (1299 W 1 Mile Road, or at GPS Coords 43.568188,-85.827278) and went over to Diamond Lake Campgrounds, which was about 1.5 mi off the trail (7 mi hiking). I spent Friday night there, and then on Saturday morning took the Birch Grove Trail up to Loda Lake, where it rejoins the North Country Trail. I went up to Nichols Lake, had lunch, and then hiked back to Bear Creek to set up camp near the trail (very nice spot for dispersed camping). Saturday was about 20 miles. Then on Sunday I hiked back about 12 miles to the Michigan 20 trailhead. In total, the route I took was about 38-40 miles, completed in 44 hours (including sleeping).

In general, water availability was pretty good, and the weather was perfect (60 deg at night, 80 deg daytime). Most of the trail is dense forest, so shade is abundant. There were some mosquitos, but applying DEET every 4 hours kept them at bay, no problem at all. I literally saw one other backpacker group the entire weekend, so the trail doesn't see much use despite being very nice.

The best maps I found were the US Forest Service's 2013 map and the ArcGIS map.

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Novi North Park (Tree Farm)
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

great for anyone alot of man made things, I suggest the pump track for adventurous riders

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