5 Beginner-Friendly Hiking and Biking Trails in Michigan

November 9th, 2016

Michigan is rich with biking and hiking trails that are truly scenic and wonderful. With it’s amazing lakes, beautiful state parks and jaw-dropping waterfalls, Michigan hiking and biking trails became one of the best, if not the best, across the nation.

If you wanted to personally witness the beauty of hiking trails of the Mitten State without getting dead tired and exhausted (either because of physical limitation or as a personal choice), here are some hiking trails that are quite easy to take.  Each and every one of them will allow you to enjoy the amazing Michigan outdoors without feeling sore.

Easy Trails Michigan

Maybury State Park Trail (Northville, MI)

This is a popular trail for hikers and mountain bikers of all skill levels. Perfect for those who just wanted to take a long quite walk while enjoying the beauty and freshness of Michigan State.

The Maybury State Park Hiking Trail is a 4-mile loop that stretches from one side of the park to the other and can easily be adapted to a 3-mile loop, which still contains the best stretches of trail.  – Michigan Trail Maps

Maybury State Park has a wooded and gently rolling terrain that may be explored on foot, bicycle and horseback or cross-country skis. – Pure Michigan

Empire Bluff Trail (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore)

Ever wanted to catch a beautiful view of the Sleeping Bear Dunes without going into long, hard hike? Go try Empire Bluff Trail!  Although this trail does have a couple steeper climbs, overall it’s a good kid and elderly friendly hike. The path is smooth and good enough for any kind of footwear making it a more easier trail to take.

The trail to the top of the Empire Bluffs is probably the most popular short hike in lower Michigan. If are planning a visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes this 1.5 mile out and back hike should be on your must do list. It is a fairly easy hike on a wide path to a boardwalk along the bluffs that rise up to 400 feet above Lake Michigan. Looking to the north the shore bends away in a perfect sand arch that ends with the Sleeping Bear Dune. The end of the dune then points out to South Manitou Island floating on the deep blue water on the horizon. At the end of the boardwalk are a few benches where you can rest and take in the view before heading back to your car. – My Michigan Trips

Miners Falls Trail (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore)

If you love waterfalls, this trail is perfect for you! Miners Falls is one of the most beautiful water falls in Michigan.

Miners Falls Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Munising, MI that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until October. – All Trails

For more of Miners Falls Trail, visit Miners Falls, MI: A Hidden Gem In Michigan’s Pictured Rocks Area

Chapel Trail/Mosquito Falls Loop (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore)

One of the most stunning and scenic hiking trail in Michigan. A very dog friendly trail that is suitable for novice hikers and alike.

If you are looking for the best loop to day hike in Michigan, try the Chapel Loop in Pictured Rocks National and you will not be disappointed. This 10.4 mile loop passes 2 waterfalls and the middle segment follows the famous Lakeshore Trail along the top of the Pictured Rocks Cliffs for 4.4 miles. This section of the Lakeshore Trail offers a spectacular view almost every step of the way, but you must also watch your step because at times you are only a few feet from the edge of the sandstone cliffs. This hike can also be turned into an easy overnight outing by staying at the backcounty campgrounds located by Chapel Beach or Mosquito Beach. – My Michigan Trips

Macomb Orchard Trail (Macomb County, Michigan)

The beautiful view and jaw-dropping scenery around Macomb Orchard Trail is what makes it one of the best “easy trails” in Michigan. It has 23.6 miles of walkways and features a flat landscape that is simply perfect for beginning hikers and bikers.

Built on an abandoned railroad that was originally called the Michigan Air-Line Railway, the trail connects the communities of Shelby Township, Romeo, Armada and Richmond in Macomb County. The southern end of the trail connects with the Clinton River Trail at Dequindre Road. If you begin your journey from the south, you will notice a changing landscape that takes you on a journey from suburban neighborhoods through wide open spaces, long tunnels of trees, quaint country towns, and of course, an orchard south of Romeo. – MI Trails

These are just few of the many hiking trails in Michigan that are beginner friendly. So among the listed easy trails, which one is your favorite?


One response to “5 Beginner-Friendly Hiking and Biking Trails in Michigan”

  1. Echo says:

    Michigan looks truly beautiful. I love all of the accessibility to trails.

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