Hikers who are willing to go the distance in Michigan are richly rewarded. A hiking route in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers it all – spectacular cliffs, two backcountry waterfalls, and even two pristine beaches in Michigan. It’s not a short hike, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find Michigan hikes that offer a better mix of outdoor beauty. Here’s what you need to know about this extraordinary hike in Pictured Rocks.

Allow plenty of time to do this hike – at least five hours. Also, arrive early as the parking areas can fill up. The terrain can be a little challenging so if you’re looking for an easy hike you might be better off choosing different trails. But if you have the time and inclination, you’ll be glad you took on this hike! You will even be rewarded with a cool dip on those two secluded beaches in Michigan.

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Where are the best hiking trails in Michigan?

Michigan is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with picturesque lakes, towering sand dunes, and lush forests providing breathtaking views no matter where you decide to explore. For the dedicated hiker, this state is teeming with trails and paths offering something for everyone. Here is a list of some of the best hiking trails in Michigan:


From the extensive network of trails through the Huron-Manistee National Forests to the Old Mission Peninsula's rolling hills and coastline paths there’s no shortage of routes available. Those looking for seclusion should take a trip to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park which boasts acres of unspoiled trails with spectacular vistas that can be experienced without leaving the serenity of nature.

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What are the best hiking trails with waterfalls in MI?

As you know, Michigan has some of the most beautiful terrain in the country, and many waterfalls are waiting to be discovered. Try out some, or all, of these wonderful waterfall hikes. Here is a list of some of the best hiking trails with waterfalls in MI:


Check out all nine of these featured Michigan hiking trails with waterfall rewards. No matter what you're looking for in terms of terrain, length, or difficulty Michigan has it all – so lace up your hiking boots and come discover all that this beautiful state has to offer!

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