Spirit of the Woods Chapter

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Trail Range

Based in Manistee, Mason and Lake counties in the west central Lower Peninsula of Michigan, the Spirit of the Woods Chapter is responsible for developing, maintaining, protecting and promoting their 78-mile section of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) passing through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.


The Spirit of the Woods Chapter currently has about 60 members.  You can be our newest member by joining NCTA / SPW.

Chapter Activities

The chapter organizes a variety of activities, including a hike (or snowshoe or ski) every second Saturday of the month with Chapter meetings held before some of these hikes.

Get More Info
Interactive Web Map
Download GIS/GPS Data

Lower Michigan Calendar

Get Connected:
email: spw@northcountrytrail.org
website: northcountrytrail.org/spw
membership: Join the North Country Trail Association


Rob Fahndrich September 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

We are interested in hiking some of the NCT south of Red Bridge but just do not know much about that section. We have hiked the NCT/Manistee river section several times and love the area but would like to check out more sections in the area.

South of Red is an interest. We are looking to do 15-20 miles and would like a bit of info on where we should consider ending the trip, where to park the car…

We are also concerned about water in this section. can you provide any information on this section?

gdx October 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm

there is really no water available until you get to the stretches along the river. there are some nice streams south of sawdust pile that flow into the river where you can filter water right off the trail.
after that, the trail runs mostly high above the river until you get to the highbridge area and water would be tough to get.
enjoy your hike.

randy dupont July 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I’m planning an early September hike from Freesoil to Tippy Dam and the FS.USDA site just totally confused me. Do I need an Interagency Permit? Are there any restrictions/rules about campfires? Do I need a permit to park my car at Freesoil?