Day Hiking

The trail to an observation deck at Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center.If you are looking for a quick morning jaunt or a short hike to stretch your legs, we have several trails that will fit the bill.  Whether you choose a day hike on the Manistee River Trail, or a short walk between Loon Lake and Island Lake, we've got a trail to suit you.  For those wishing to go trailless, visit the backpacking page.

Trail Maps

Trail maps are located in the Maps and Publications section of the website.  


Drinking Water

The following trailheads have drinking water:

Parent Location Recreation Site
Manistee/Wellston Marzinski
North Country National Scenic Trail Timber Creek



The following trails have campgrounds located on or near the trail:

  • Corsair Trail
  • Eagle Run Trail
  • Highbanks River Trail
  • Hungerford Recreation Area
  • Manistee River Trail
  • Marzinski Horse Trail
  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Shore to Shore Trial


Recreation Enhancement Act Fees

Look for this sign when you enter the site: Recreation Fee Symbol - Sign at Recreation Sites

Passes can be paid for at the site by using a fee envelope, located near the bulletin board or can be purchased from a Forest Serice Office or vendor.  For more information on which passes are available and which pass will best suit your needs during your visit,  visit the Passes and Permits section of the website.

These sites have a fee:

Parent Location Recreation Site
Cadillac/Wellston Area Big M
Corsair Area Corsair
Silver Valley
Hoist/Reid Lake Area Hoist Lake East
Hoist Lake West
Reid Lake M-72
North Country Trail Marilla
Nichols Lake North
Timber Creek
Pere Marquette River Maple Leaf Angler Trail

Day Hiking Areas

  • Au Sable River
  • Au Sable National Scenic River
  • Gabions Campground and Day Use
  • Au Sable River - Alcona Dam to Lake Huron
  • Au Sable Area
  • Cooke Area
  • Whirlpool Angler Access
  • Highbanks River Trail
  • Forest Discovery Trail
  • River Road National Scenic Byway
  • Eagle Run Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail
  • Rollways Campground and Day Use Area
  • Corsair Area
  • Corsair Hiking and Cross Country Skiing Trail
  • Crystal Valley Ski Trail
  • Hoist/Reid Lake Areas
  • Hoist Lake Area
  • Reid Lake Foot Travel Area
  • Hungerford Recreation Area
  • Kirtland's Warbler and Jack Pine Wildlife Tours
  • Ruffed Grouse Walk
  • Lake Michigan
  • Lake Michigan Recreation Area
  • Little Manistee River, National Scenic Study River
  • Bear Track Campground
  • Old Grade Campground
  • Loud Creek Ski/Hike Trail
  • M-37: White Cloud to Baldwin
  • Condon Lakes West
  • Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary
  • Nichols Lake North
  • M-55: Manistee to Cadillac
  • Big M Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail
  • Briar Hills Area
  • Marzinski Horse Trail and Campground
  • Sand Lake Recreation Area
  • Udell Lookout Tower
  • MacKenzie Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail
  • Manistee River
  • Manistee National Recreation River
  • Blacksmith Bayou Access Site
  • High Bridge Access Site
  • Red Bridge River Access Site
  • Sawdust Hole River Access
  • Manistee River Area
  • Manistee River Trail
  • Seaton Creek Campground
  • Midland to Mackinaw Trail
  • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area
  • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness - Nurnberg Trailhead
  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • 40th St. Trailhead
  • 76th St. Trailhead
  • Bowman Lake Trailhead
  • Freesoil Trailhead
  • Marilla Trailhead
  • Udell Trailhead
  • Pere Marquette River
  • Bowman Lake Area
  • Bowman Lake Campground
  • Bowman Bridge Campground and River Access
  • Whelan Lake Area
  • Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail
  • Luzerne Horse Trail Campground and Trailhead
  • McKinley Horse Trail Campground
  • River Road Trail Camp and Trailhead
  • South Branch Trail Campground and Trailhead
  • South Branch Pine River
  • Pine River Campground
  • Pine River Rearing Run Path
  • Wagner Lake Area
  • Island Lake Campground
  • Loon Lake Day Use Area
  • Wakeley Lake Area
  • South Branch Au Sable Area
  • Wakeley Lake Area
  • White River
  • White River Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities