Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll through the woods to a beautiful beach or face the challenge of conquering rugged backcountry, Michigan offers hundreds of hiking trails that fit any interest or stamina level.
Many of Michigan’s state parks and recreation areas feature designated trails, making it easy to work a hike into a camping vacation or a single-day outing. Or you might consider joining a Michigan hiking and backpacking club for group and family experiences.
Our state’s long-standing commitment to conserving and scientifically managing forests and open spaces helps ensure that state residents and future generations will continue to have ample opportunity to enjoy hiking.
How does conservation benefit hikers?
Overall, conservation ensures that all types of users, including hikers, can continue to enjoy Michigan’s vast natural resources.
With more than half of Michigan’s land covered by forests, monitoring and tending to the vast acreage’s long-term health are year-round responsibilities. Hikers who are on the prowl for morel mushrooms benefit from various scientific management and conservation activities performed to encourage the tasty morels’ growth.
A major appeal of hiking is the opportunity to observe a host of birds and animals in their natural habitats. Scientific wildlife management – which, for example, might include the reintroduction of species to certain areas – is key to ensuring that future generations of hikers can continue to experience the joy of viewing wildlife.
You can learn more about these and many other conservation practices on our Wildlife Conservation page.