Mesick, Michigan

Hike the North Country Trail: Manistee River Section

19.8 Miles Total - 2739 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by The Outbound Collective

This trail is perfect for backpacking, hiking, trail running, snow shoeing, or cross country skiing! The North Country Trail in the Manistee River section is 19.8 miles long, out and back. Depending on the distances you plan to cover, the trail ranges from beginner - advanced use. Given the elevation gain, make sure that all in your party are of able physical health.

Dogs are allowed on the trail, if kept on leash or within owner control. The North Country Trail winds through the United States for approximately 4,600 miles. The North Country Trail was established in 1981, and is well maintained for use year-round. 

Photos: Aaron Kamaphuis and Jim Arroast

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking



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As Advertised!

This section of the North Country Trail is just as advertised: well maintained, easily accessed, scenic, and with all the beautiful Creation one can expect to enjoy walking through the north woods of Michigan. There were even some great spots to camp along the trail.

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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