Hike the North Country Trail: Manistee River Section

Manistee River Trail

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

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm gear (if using in the winter)
  • Overnight gear (if backpacking)
  • Trail map 
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RT Distance 19.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 2739 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
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.

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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