The Huron-Manistee National Forest lies between the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron on the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The forest has nearly 1 million acres and is bordered by dense forests in the north and agricultural lands in the south. Inside the forest, you will find diverse habitats of dry sand prairie remnants, dunes, oak savannahs, fens, coastal marshlands, bogs, and marshes. Trout species are abundant in the cold-water watersheds, and fishing in all seasons is always fun. With access to more than 330 miles of hiking trails, people of all athletic abilities can find an interesting trail, many of which are multi-use trails. Huron-Manistee National Forest is centrally located, and you will easily be able to travel both within and outside the forest and fully explore this beautiful Great Lakes region.
North Country Trail: Manistee River Section is an in-and-out trail that is located in Wellston, MI. The trail travels next to the Manistee River for part of the way on the lower trail. There is a bench at the three-mile point.
Length: 19.8 miles
Silver Creek Pathway is an in-and-out trail that is located in Luther, MI. The trail is next to Pine River and is a well-marked pathway. You will see old-growth forests and bluffs on the way to the river. Part of the trail is a multi-use trail for the use of ATVs and mountain bikes.
Length: 4.7 miles
Manistee River Trail: Seaton Creek to Red Bridge is an in-and-out trail that is located in Mesick, MI. This section of the Manistee River Trail features lots of changes in terrain and elevation and is a winding path.
Length: 11.4 miles
Little Muskegon River Trail is a loop trail that is located in Newaygo, MI. The trail is fairly well-marked on the first section before the actual loop, but the loop is not marked and can be difficult to find. There are many different species of birds by the river.
Length: 3.6 miles
Hungerford Lake Recreation Area Trails is a system of trails located in the Hungerford Lake Recreation Area in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. These trails can be used for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. There are 40 miles of horse trails and 10 miles of mountain biking trails. The horse and mountain bike connector trails are located in the campground.
Length: 50 miles
Intensity: Easy to Moderate
Fishing and ice fishing for trout is a popular activity inside the Huron-Manistee National Forest. You will find brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, steelhead, and salmon.
There are more than 330 miles of trails in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Many of these trails are multi-use, and you can hike, mountain bike, ride horses, snow ski, and ski cross-country on these types of trails.
All national forests allow geocaching inside their preserves. This is a fun pastime that can help you explore Huron-Manistee National Forest.
The Huron-Manistee National Forest has minimal light pollution. This means that visitors can enjoy exceptional star-gazing year-round.
Address: 1755 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, MI 49601
Fee: Entry fee $0
Michigan is bordered by four of the five Great Lakes and the state is home to thousands of other lakes as well. The Huron-Manistee National Forest offers plenty of opportunities to experience the interior of the Lower Peninsula, and the Great Lakes are within driving distance. Taking an RV for your travels around the Huron-Manistee National Forest will enable you to easily visit all the sites you most want to see.