Through forests of towering trees and along the sandy stretches hugging Lake Michigan, these Northern Michigan hiking trails in Benzie County and the Ludington State Park are practically infinite. Savor the warm sand and sweet smells of flowers blooming this summer, but also remember these wondrous trails for fall-color strolls and wintertime cross country skiing.
Betsie River Pathway
This 10-mile hiking and mountain bike trail is located within the cool, dense hardwoods and pines of the Pere Marquette State Forest in Thompsonville. Immerse yourself in nature on this off-the-beaten-path trail, situated six miles west of Thompsonville via M-115, King Road and Longstreet Road.
To find enchanting trails along rivers and lakes, you can’t beat this 5,300-acre park with exploration options aplenty. For a family-friendly hike, try the half-mile long Skyline Trail, running over a boardwalk toward memorable views of Lake Michigan and grassy dunes. Ten rustic sites have been set aside for backpackers wanting the solitude of a hike-in spot. 231.843.2423. visitludingtonstatepark.com.