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The Best Fitness in Michigan

Looking for the best fitness in Michigan? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Michigan. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top fitness spots in and near Michigan

  • Munising, Michigan

    Miners Castle to Au Sable Lighthouse

    3.0
    27.32 mi / 2323 ft gain
    This trip works best with two cars where the first is dropped off at the Twelvemile Beach Parking Lot, and carpooled over to the Miner's Castle Parking Lot. Both lots can be easily found in the Pictured Rocks National Seashore Map, or on Google Maps. Start your day at Miner's Castle by checking ...
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  • Oscoda Township, Michigan

    Hike Lumberman’s Monument

    5.0
    5.6 mi
    Lumberman’s Monument is truly a hidden gem. Most people don’t realize there are towering sand dunes in the Oscoda area. While the majority of visitors stay at the overlook, there is a breathtaking trail for the more adventurous. The main parking for this trail is at the Lumberman’s Monument parki...
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  • Mesick, Michigan

    Hike the North Country Trail: Manistee River Section

    5.0
    19.8 mi / 2739 ft gain
    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 eleva...
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  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Hike Old Mission Peninsula Park

    6 mi / 183 ft gain
    At the end of the Old Mission peninsula sits Mission Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is surrounded by 5 acres of wooded township and many acres of state land! Upon arriving you can explore the shores just below the lighthouse - there can intriguing iceberg islands forming at the edge of the wate...
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  • Marquette, Michigan

    Hike the Pioneer Loop

    7.8 mi / 401 ft gain
    Take the Benson Grade trail to Pioneer Loop part 1 --> Freak N Nature --> Greywalls --> Mossy Connector. There are a variety of trails that connect within the loop, so make sure to grab a map before starting out! 
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  • Holland, Michigan

    Climb the Stairs up Mt. Pisgah

    4.3
    0.5 mi / 80 ft gain
    Feel the burn in your calves and thighs! If you don't feel it, pick up the pace or do it all again! The good news is it is actually just a large dune, not an entire mountain. It should not take you very long to run, even though there are over 200 steps here. Every 25th stair is marked and there a...
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  • Marquette, Michigan

    Hike the Harlow Lake Loop Trail

    3.3 mi / 229 ft gain
    Just outside of Marquette, Michigan, the Harlow Lake Loop offers a variety of activity options and scenic lake views. Harlow Lake Recreation Area is close to numerous wonderful food options in the town of Marquette, and has easy parking. 
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Winter Hike Empire Bluff Trail

    1.5 mi / 170 ft gain
    Just outside the village of Empire is where this venture starts. This hike may be the most famous hike in the area. The Empire Bluff Trail provides incredible views of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, South Bar Lake and Lake Michigan! The hike is slightly hilly, and stays primarily in the trees. At ...
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  • Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Tranquil Bluff Trail on Mackinac Island

    5.0
    3.09 mi / 180 ft gain
    You will need to take a ferry to the island to access this hike, but the fare is cheap and is worth it for a day trip. This hike starts at the very popular (and thus usually crowded) Arch Rock and takes you halfway across the island to British Landing. Even with the initial crowds, you should be...
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  • Marquette, Michigan

    Hike the Iron Ore Heritage Trail: Marquette Bay

    9.4 mi / 0 ft gain
    The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 48-mile, multi-use, year round trail. Activities include trail running, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and backpacking. Given the length of the trail (and the point-to-point nature of the trail) make sure all members of your party are physically able t...
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  • Grand Haven, Michigan

    Run Across the Grand River

    4 mi
    Begin the run at Connor Bayou, where this adventure's directions lead to. You will follow the Idema Explorers trail into the woods, where you will wind around for about 0.4 miles. As soon as you exit the woods, continue to follow the paved trail that leads to the left along the road. After anothe...
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  • Marquette, Michigan

    Bike the Mount Marquette Loop

    3.8 mi / 642 ft gain
    The Mount Marquette Loop is one of the classic trails in the Noquemanon Trail Network. Starting at the trailhead, the loop is generally ridden in a counter-clockwise direction. Follow the Gurley trail to the Doctors trail, and from there, the trail connects with the Southern Cross trail and short...
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