Six Hiking Trails in Benzie County and Ludington State Park

Lake Ann Pathway

Challenge yourself on this 3.5-mile rollercoaster of trails. Pedal or amble past Shavenaugh and Mary’s Lakes to the reward of the gentle stretches along the beautiful Platte River and Lake Ann shorelines. Watch for indigenous wildflowers like the lady’s slipper orchids along the way. From U.S. 31 and Reynolds Rd., go north on Reynolds about 4 miles. Parking on east side of road.

Michigan Legacy Art Park

The fresh feel of your hike, bike or cross-country skiing time is amplified by this art gallery in the woods—a serene 1.6-mile series of trails interspersed with 43 major works of art and poetry stones with names like “Clan Symbols” and “Fairy Ring.” Works connect visitors with a landscape that qualifies as art in itself and to the history and culture of Michigan. 231.378.4963,

Hikes preserved into perpetuity 

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has protected more than 5,232 acres of Benzie and Manistee County’s land and viewscape. Open for your gentle use are trails like the Green Point Nature Reserve, where wildflowers and native plants line three miles of looped trails. Another must-wander is the massive 3,600-acre C.S. Mott Preserve, where trails of varied lengths wind through shady evergreens, orchards and flower-filled meadows, and some reach mesmerizing bluff-top views of Lake Michigan.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore presents more than 100 miles of designated trails through woodland, wetland, meadow, shoreline and sand dune terrain unique to the region. Several trails explore the crest of an ancient shoreline—now high above the water—formed by glaciers. The Otter Creek loop, a 4.6-mile segment of the Platte Plains Hiking Trail System, is relatively flat and a favorite for wildlife watching along the shores of Otter Creek and Otter Lake. Trail maps at the park visitor center and online. 231.326.5134,

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