Recent and Featured Hike Articles

  • Winter on the Edge of Keweenaw

    At the northern tip of the Keweenaw peninsula, find a tiny town with a big lake, big hills, big trees and colossal winter – all perfect for a frosty weekend of snowshoeing, skiing and hanging with pals.

  • Explore Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

    Look for wood thrush and whitetail deer as you hike the shady forest of this beautiful preserve north of Harbor Springs, bordering Little Traverse Bay.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes

    Lie on a sublime beach, then hike to an unforgettable dune overlook—just part of your day at the iconic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • Spring Is Here, Sniff Around

    Where to find sweet smells at this glorious time of year.

  • Spring Romp with Your Pooch

    Take a long-awaited spring hike with your dog.

  • Play in Dirt, Save Native Plants

    Join the Native Plant Rescue to help save the North’s flora.

  • Geocachers: GPS Shopping

    GPS recommendations from Up North guys in-the-know.

  • April Rush

    April is the time to see U.P. waterfalls in their most surging, glorious incarnations.

  • Calling All Beginning Geocachers!

    Never been geocaching? Check out this beginner’s event in Harbor Springs.

  • Deer Vulnerable at Winter’s End

    Biologists warn dog owners: keep pets close to protect deer herds.

  • Explore the Old Mission Peninsula

    Scenic drive to the end of the 22-mile Old Mission Peninsula, including stops for food, hikes and scenic overlooks.

  • Hike Little Traverse

    Three hikes offer breathtaking landscapes and solitude, often just a few moments away from Petoskey and Harbor Springs.

  • Hiking the Grand Traverse Backcountry

    Hikes in Sand Lakes Quiet Area, Keystone Rapids Trail and the old State Hospital, paired with dining options.

  • Discover Michigan Legacy Art Park

    The 30-acre Michigan Legacy Art Park, located at Crystal Mountain, offers visitors the chance to wander trails that blend art into nature resulting in a stunning stroll through sheer beauty.

  • Play at Ludington State Park

    Hiking, beaches, kayaking, a lighthouse and great food in nearby Ludington make a day at the Ludington State Park fun for every kind of visitor.

  • Explore Wilderness State Park

    Hikes through Wilderness State Park lead through meadows, creeks, forests and the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Stay the night in a rustic cabin or at one of 250 modern campsites.

  • Hike to a Swimming Hole

    Trails in Antrim, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and Traverse City where you can hike to a place to swim.

  • Backpack Towel

    A quick-drying towel to carry in your backpack.

  • Hike Leland's Whaleback Natural Area

    Just outside Leland, a glacial moraine has been preserved by the Leelanau Conservancy as the Whaleback Natural Area. A 3/4-mile climb up the trail rewards hikers with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

  • Otter Creek Hike in Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore,

    Details of a gorgeous hike on the Otter Creek loop in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, including a spot to eat at the end of the afternoon.