Best Hiking Trails: in & around Traverse City, MI

Hiking in Traverse City, Michigan offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the region. Along the shores of Lake Michigan and near the stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you can find many different locations to hike and at any level of difficulty. Taking up hiking can offer a range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural world, providing an opportunity to appreciate and connect with the environment. Whether you’re looking to get into hiking for the health benefits, or as a way to de-stress, Traverse City is home to an abundance of hiking opportunities. 

Check out some of our favorite hiking trails around Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Benzie counties: 

Pyatt Lake: The Bill Carls Nature Preserve

1.2 Trail Miles

Pyatt Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686

Cedar Run Creek Natural Area

4.2 Trail Miles

Lake Ann, MI 49650

Hickory Meadows

2.5 Trail Miles

Randolph St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Pelizzari Natural Area

3.2 Trail Miles

6852 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686

Timbers Recreation Area

 3.3 Trail Miles

8195 Timbers Trail, Traverse City, MI 49685

Empire Bluffs Trail 

1.5 Miles

 Empire Bluff Trail, Honor, MI 49640

Sleeping Bear Point Trail

2.8 Miles

W Sleeping Bear Dr, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Leelanau State Park Trails

6 miles

15310 N Lighthouse Point Rd, Northport, MI 49670

Clay Cliffs Natural Area

1.5 Miles

4755 N Manitou Trail, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

Pyramid Point 

2.7 Miles

 Maple City, MI 49664

Betsie Valley Trail

22 Miles

Frankfort, Crystal Lake, Elberta, Beulah 

Crystal Mountain

1.6 Miles

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville, MI 49683

Lake Ann Loop Trail

3.2 Miles 

Lake Ann, MI 49650

Ransom Lake Loop

2.7 Miles

5533 Lake Ann Rd, Lake Ann, MI 49650

Lower Woodcock Lake

0.8 Miles 

 Burnt Mill Rd, Ste D, Almira Township, MI, 49643

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