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The Best Backpacking in Free Soil

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Top backpacking spots in and near Free Soil

  • Free Soil, Michigan

    Camp in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness

    The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area is located south of Manistee along an extremely isolated shoreline. Most hikers prefer to camp two nights along the shores of Lake Michigan, but some choose to call the dunes home for weeks at a time. This is an area of backwoods camping, where sites can be est...
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  • Free Soil, Michigan

    Nordhouse Dunes Extended Backpacking Loop

    14.26 mi / 781 ft gain
    Nordhouse Dunes Extended Backpacking Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Ludington, Michigan.
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  • Ludington, Michigan

    Hike to Big Sable Point Lighthouse

    3.6 mi
    Big Sable Point Lighthouse is perhaps one of the most scenic locations in Michigan. A 3.6 mile round trip hike along the Lake Michigan shoreline will bring you to the destination, which is nestled among sprawling sand dunes. Each evening, it offers a stunning sunset along the sandy beaches.A shor...
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  • Township of Branch, Michigan

    North Country Trail: US 10 to County Line

    25.94 mi / 1198 ft gain
    North Country Trail: US 10 to County Line is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Branch, Michigan.
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  • Harrietta, Michigan

    North Country Trail: Manistee River Section

    19.55 mi / 2621 ft gain
    North Country Trail: Manistee River Section is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Harrietta, Michigan.
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  • Mesick, Michigan

    Backpack the Manistee River Trail

    17.6 mi
    Starting at the Red Bridge River Access Area just off North Coates Hwy (about 8 miles east of Brethren, Michigan) there is a small parking lot opposite of the trailhead where you can leave your car. The trail is part of the North Country Trail (NCT) so it is well marked with signs leading the way...
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  • Mesick, Michigan

    Hike the North Country Trail: Manistee River Section

    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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  • Mesick, Michigan

    Backpack the Manistee River Trail Loop

    23 mi
    Day 1: Arrive at Seaton Creek Campground and pay for parking for the number of nights you plan on hiking the loop. For this particular trip, I hiked the loop in 2.5 days and 2 nights. Hike 1.4 miles from Seaton Creak Campground to a suspension footbridge on the banks of the Manistee River. At thi...
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  • White Cloud, Michigan

    Hike the North Country Trail: Michigan 20 to South Nichols Lake Section

    4.3 mi / 134 ft gain
    Just outside of White Cloud, Michigan, this trail is perfect for a variety of skill levels and activities (trail running, hiking, birding, camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing). This trail is 4.3 miles long, and features scenic lake views and wildflowers.The trail is recommended for use fro...
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Camp at White Pine Campground

    4 mi / 200 ft gain
    This is one of the cheapest ways to stay near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore overnight. You'll have access to the beach right near your campsite. It's remote enough to be quiet, and it's not a very long hike.There are only 6 campsites available, and they come on a first come, first serve ...
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