Northwest Lower Michigan


Mackinac Bridge to the northern boundary of the Manistee National Forest.

The Trail through Northwestern Lower Michigan offers diverse sections and features flat open meadows, ridge top views, rivers and lakes, including two scenic loops: a 20-mile loop at Fife Lake and an 18-mile loop at the Jordan Valley Pathway.

Header photo by Janeen Wardie

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Need to Know

A majority of property in this region is State Forest. Dispersed camping is allowed on State Forest land unless posted “no camping” or if you are within 1 mile of a designated campground. Michigan DNR camp registration cards are required at campsites. If planning a longer hike that requires you to cross the Mackinac Bridge, know it can only be crossed on foot on Labor Day. At any other time, you may contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority for a ride across.

Trail Towns

Mackinaw City
Fife Lake