The Best Hiking in Traverse City

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

Top hiking spots in and near Traverse City

  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Meadow Loop and Copper Ridge Trail

    2.43 mi / 397 ft gain
    Meadow Loop and Copper Ridge Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Traverse City, Michigan.
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  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Pelizzari Natural Area Loop

    2.23 mi / 236 ft gain
    Pelizzari Natural Area Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Acme, Michigan.
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  • Williamsburg, Michigan

    Tart Trail

    12.03 mi / 190 ft gain
    Tart Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Traverse City, Michigan.
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  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Lone Pine and Keystone Rapids Trail

    1.74 mi / 98 ft gain
    Lone Pine and Keystone Rapids Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Traverse City, Michigan.
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  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Fern Lake Loop

    2.11 mi / 184 ft gain
    Fern Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Traverse City, Michigan.
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  • Williamsburg, Michigan

    Vasa Trail

    26.77 mi / 1837 ft gain
    Vasa Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Traverse City, Michigan.
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  • Traverse City, Michigan

    South Long Lake Trail

    1.7 mi / 62 ft gain
    South Long Lake Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Traverse City, Michigan.
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  • Lake Ann, Michigan

    Lake Ann Loop Trail

    3.28 mi / 299 ft gain
    Lake Ann Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Lake Ann, Michigan.
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  • Williamsburg, Michigan

    Hike and Camp at Sand Lakes Quiet Area

    5.0
    7.5 mi / 479 ft gain
    Located in the Pere Marquette State Forest, Sand Lakes has numerous lakes and ponds, beaches, and hilly terrain for hiking and biking. There is a ban on motorized activity in the area, eliminating unwanted noise pollution during your stay. A nicely maintained loop of the area starts at the Broomh...
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  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Old Mission Peninsula Lighthouse Park

    0.27 mi / 36 ft gain
    Old Mission Peninsula Lighthouse Park is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Traverse City, Michigan.
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  • Rapid City, Michigan

    Skegemog Swamp Pathway

    1.8 mi / 92 ft gain
    Skegemog Swamp Pathway is a 1.8 kilometer out-and-back trail located near Rapid City, Michigan.
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  • Traverse City, Michigan

    Explore Mission Point Lighthouse

    0.2 mi
    Mission Point Lighthouse is situated between the East and West Grand Traverse Bays, about 20 minutes north of downtown Traverse City. This historic lighthouse offers stunning views of Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan. There is a parking lot located a few hundred feet away where visitors can p...
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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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  • Leland, Michigan

    Manitou Lookout to Birch Valley

    1.56 mi / 322 ft gain
    Manitou Lookout to Birch Valley is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Leland, Michigan.
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  • Leland, Michigan

    Camp on South Manitou Island

    5.0
    South Manitou Island is situated off of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Lake Michigan. The island is only accessible by a two-hour ferry ride, which leaves once a day from Leeland.Upon arriving at the island boat dock, you'll soon realize this isn't an ordinary experience. South Man...
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  • Maple City, Michigan

    Bay View Hiking Trails

    5.97 mi / 587 ft gain
    Bay View Hiking Trails is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Glen Arbor Township, Michigan.
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