Top Five Hiking Trails in Northwest Michigan

magnificent sunset viewed from lakeshore

Top Five Hiking Trails

Are you the active explorer? Here is a list of hiking trails that will help you plan your trip to Northwest Michigan this summer.

Antrim Creek Natural Area

If you are into beautiful views of Lake Michigan and hiking alongside it, then you will love the Antrim Creek Natural Area.With 156 acres with nearly one mile of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Michigan, it is a wonder to discover. This protected land was rescued from residential development in 1994. The landscape includes a hardwood forest, forested wetland, meadows, coastal dune and Antrim Creek. You can hike through the forest on the trail system, have access to the beach sites, and picnic right on the shore. As you gaze across Lake Michigan, you are looking at the little finger of the mitten that makes up the shape of Michigan. The sunsets are simply amazing. If you are looking for trails to hike, shoreline to stroll, a quiet place to picnic or just want to lay out on the beach, then the Antrim Creek Natural Area is the untapped beauty you are looking for.

Grass River Natural Area

Located along Antrim County’s Chain of Lakes in Bellaire. Seven miles of trails and boardwalk that will take you through Cedar swamp, sedge meadow and forest.

Avalanche Preserve

2.6 mile loop located near Boyne City. It is a moderate trail that features wild flowers. The view overlooking Lake Charlevoix is breathtaking once you make it to the top. There is a large park at the top that is perfect for a picnic.

Deadman’s Hill

Located in the Jordan Valley Pathway, Deadman’s Hill looks over the Jordan Valley which is an 18,000 acre block of state owned forest land, located in the northeast portion of Antrim County. With an 18 mile hiking trail with several loops with different lengths, Deadman’s Hill has something to suit every level of hiker. There is an amazing view from the overlook that is especially beautiful in the fall. Picnic areas and restrooms are available throughout the Jordan Valley.

Glacial Hills

Located in Bellaire, there are over 30 miles of trails at Glacial Hills. Popular for its extreme ecological diversity, there is plenty to explore. Discover the 100 species of flowers, 100 species of birds, wetland habitat and forest.

Where to stay?

The House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast is located near of all of these hiking trails. We have our own hiking trails and chain of lakes to explore if you want to just step out our front door! With our spacious rooms, gourmet breakfasts and our central location to many of the activities Northwest Michigan is known for, you can stop dreaming of your vacation and start planning it!


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