7 Cool And Calming Hikes To Take In Michigan To Help You Reflect On The Year Ahead

The arrival of a new year always brings plenty of fun and excitement, but it can also leave us feeling stressed as we look upon the coming months. Never fear: Michigan offers plenty of outdoor destinations that will allow you to unwind and to reconnect with nature while mentally preparing for the year ahead. Here are seven wonderfully peaceful hikes to explore throughout the Great Lakes State! Even better, you can hike these any time you need to recharge, no matter the time of the year.

Have you enjoyed any of these wonderful hikes in Michigan? Are there other hikes you would recommend to your fellow Michiganders as the best hikes in Michigan? Share your experiences and recommendations with us in the comment section! We love hearing from you. Can’t get enough of these trail recommendations? Here are some other wonderful Michigan hikes to consider.

Address: 3336 Loosemore Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467, USA
Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville, MI 49683, USA
Address: 3377 Wardell Rd, Lansing, MI 48917, USA
Address: Boardman Lake Trail, Boardman Lake trail, Traverse City, MI, USA
Address: 8900 Grand River Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301, USA
Address: 27101-27215 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48033, USA
Address: 6281 147th Ave, Holland, MI 49423, USA
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Best Hikes In Michigan

March 12, 2022

What are some of the best kid-friendly hikes around Michigan?  

For the sake of this answer, let’s define a kid-friendly hike as one that’s not only rated as “easy” but is also under two miles in length. With 2,000+ hikes to choose from in the state of Michigan, more than 680 of them are kid-friendly. Some of our favorites include amazing gems like Miner’s Falls Trail, which is located near Munising and is just over one mile long. It leads to an amazing waterfall that will set your kids’ imaginations alight. Then, head out to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, where two of the best kid-friendly hikes in Michigan can be found. They are the Miner’s Castle Trail (0.5 miles, the easiest trail to Miner’s Castle) and Munising Falls Trail (0.4 miles long, leads to two staircases with positively epic fairy-tale views). Then, head out to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (seriously, why isn’t it a National Park yet?) and embark upon the 0.6-mile-long Sable Falls Trail, which leads to an amazing rocky beach that’ll make you forget you’re in Michigan. Prefer to stay in or around Detroit when hiking with the kids? Check this article out 

What are some of the best scenic hikes in Michigan? 

So, we might be a little biased, but we’re of the opinion that every hike in Michigan is a wonderful scenic hike in Michigan. There are, however, a couple that tend to stand out above the others in terms of sheer awesomeness. Among those are the famous Empire Bluff Trail, which runs through Empire Township and is one and a half miles long, out-and-back. This trail often makes the #1 spot in online lists of “best scenic hikes in Michigan,” and for good reason: it offers unreal views of Lake Michigan. Then, there’s Sugarloaf Mountain. This trail leads to some great viewing platforms as well as delightful panoramic views of Lake Michigan (we really like that lake, okay?). Finally, check out the Au Sable River Foot Trail, which runs through northern Michigan and features some amazing rare and protected Hartwick pines. What are your favorite hiking trails in Michigan?  

Address: 3336 Loosemore Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467, USA
Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville, MI 49683, USA
Address: 3377 Wardell Rd, Lansing, MI 48917, USA
Address: Boardman Lake Trail, Boardman Lake trail, Traverse City, MI, USA
Address: 8900 Grand River Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301, USA
Address: 27101-27215 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48033, USA
Address: 6281 147th Ave, Holland, MI 49423, USA