Michigan is rich in hiking spots that are exceptionally beautiful in the fall. The piles of red and brown leaves spread all over the path that you’ll walk on makes them even more adorable. If you are one of the many who plans to explore some of the many amazing hiking trails around Michigan this fall season, this list can surely help you.
Seidman Park (8155 Conservation Road, Ada Township, MI)
The trails running through this park are unbeatable for a fall walk. It is also one of the most popular cross country ski trails. Trail lengths range from an easy quarter mile loop off the south parking lot, to roughly four miles if you follow the entire perimeter of the system. Wayfinding maps are posted at major trail intersections to help you find your way around the park. The natural-surfaced trails at Seidman are open to foot traffic and closed to bikes, motorized uses and equestrians.
Warren Woods Natural Area (Elm Valley Road, Sawyer MI)
Located 7 miles inland, this 311-acre wooded tract is a complete contrast to the state park on Lake Michigan; no towering dunes, but also no crowds, overflowing parking lots, and filled-to-capacity campgrounds. Amazingly, the natural area can be a quiet spot even at the height of the summer season when rangers are turning away visitors at the state park.
Highbanks Trail – Huron National Forest (River Road, Oscoda MI)
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Strung along the towering bluffs above the Au Sable River is the Highbanks Trail, a skiing and hiking route that was developed through the Corsair Ski Council and the Huron National Forest.
Highbanks Trail offers outstanding scenery and views, the possibility of spotting a bald eagle during the spring and summer and an opportunity to learn about the life of a logger in the 1800s at the Lumberman’s Monument. With its mostly level contour along the tops of the bluffs, this trail makes an excellent outing for children.
The entire trail is a 7-mile hike from Largo Springs to Sawmill Point, where the U.S. Forest Service maintains 17 primitive campsites and a boat launch. Built in 2001, the Sawmill trailhead allows hikers to turn the trek into an overnight adventure with an evening spent on the banks of the Au Sable River.
Indian Springs Metropark: Hike-Bike Trail (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake MI)
You can view portions of the Huron Swamp and the woods of Indian Springs by hiking, skating or pedaling the park’s paved Hike-Bike Trail. The trail is a 5-mile asphalt ribbon that extends from the Meadowlark Picnic Area to a small loop in the northeast corner of the park. The roundtrip from the picnic area is an 8-mile walk or ride.
Escarpment Trail (Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park)
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The Escarpment Trail has to be the most scenic short hike in all of Michigan. Most of the trail runs high up on the rocky bluffs above the Lake of the Clouds and the Big Carp River Valley. There are panoramic views with almost every step, but you also need watch your footing because at times the trail skirts the edge of steep cliffs.
The trail begins at the Lake of the Clouds Overlook parking area and then follows the ridge east, first above the Lake and then the Carp River valley.
Rosy Mound Natural Area (13925 Lakeshore Dr, Grand Haven MI)
The most amazing view at Rosy Mound Natural Area is reached after you climb a long set of stairs to an observation deck called Dune Overlook. Below you are open and forested dunes, a small stand of white pines, a beautiful beach and Lake Michigan stretching to the horizon.
Access into Rosy Mound is strictly on foot and all the trails are either boardwalks, cement or compacted, crushed stone. Lining the trails are signs asking you not to wander off them. Nor are dogs allowed in the park. The strategy is simple; concentrate park users on a hardened, erosion-resistant surface until they reach the beach.
What do you think of these hiking trails in Michigan? Are they all worth it to visit this FALL?