ALL WAYS

TO GO HIKING

It’s time to explore the trail diversity the Cadillac Area has to offer. From accessible hard paths, to single track in the heart of the Manistee National Forest, there are so many ways to explore trails in our area.

CADILLAC AREA HIKING TRAILS

The Cadillac Area is surrounded by the National Forest and Michigan DNR Forest Areas providing over 500,000 acres of public land, along with over 200 miles of trails.

We are fortunate to have dedicated trail clubs help to maintain the integrity of our regional trails. The North Country Trail in the Huron-Manistee National Forest is managed by the Spirit of the Woods Chapter. The Traverse City Chapter manages the area north of the Manistee River Loop area. These clubs span across Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Wexford and Manistee Counties and help to ensure that your hiking experience is both safe and memorable.

Throughout 4 seasons there are sponsored hiking events in Wexford County. Check in with the Carl T Johnson Hunting & Fishing Center, as they host several hiking events throughout the year on area trails.

Check out our blog for the local perspective of our area hiking trails, what to pack, where to go, and what to expect. Our local Dave Foley has his own ‘Out and About’ section on our site, sharing great tips from 40+ years of experience.

Manistee River Trail Loop Backpacking Trip December 14-16, 2018

 As the seasons change and winter arrives, many people put away their backpacking gear.  But as the snow falls and the crowds disappear, a new adventure awaits.  It was a cold December night, and our group met at the Upper River Road trailhead on the North...

New Winter Sports Trail at Cadillac Pathway popular with Fat-bikers

By Dave FoleyWhen the snow conditions are right, the MDNR Cadillac Pathway parking lot off Seeley Road just east of Cadillac, will be filled with cars left by cross country skiers, fatbike enthusiasts, and snowshoers. While the Cadillac Pathway has been a...

Life can get ‘Ruff’, Take a Break at the Cadillac Area Dog Park

Looking for a place to let your dog run off some steam? The Cadillac Area Dog Park is the perfect place for you! Bill Allen, retired Cadillac High School teacher, recognized the need that the Cadillac Area had for accommodating dog owners and creating a...

Paddle Through Summer with SUP’n Cadillac

Get out on the water with one of Cadillac’s newest recreational activities; Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). Lindsay and Anthony, the owners of the all new SUP’n Cadillac, are husband and wife and have two children, ages 5 and 7. Paddle sports have always...

Cadillac Tuesday Turtles – Cycling for the Novice

by:  Ben Hikok, Tuesday Turtle originator, father, friend, community volunteer and attorney. Do you ever think back to the way you felt as a child while riding on your bicycle? Do you miss the wind in your hair (or at least as it blows through the vents in...

Top 5 "Early Summer Hot Spots" in Cadillac

It could be considered rare for a relatively laid back northern Lower Michigan community to have such an eclectic mix of options to include in its choice for Top 5 Destinations. But if you know anything about Cadillac, this is pretty much business as...

3700+ Acres of Lakes in Cadillac

For those looking for long tours, the canal connecting Cadillac and Mitchell lake, makes it possible to explore more than 3700 acres of lake. If lakes are your passion, there are public access launches at a half-dozen of them, in the Cadillac area....

2 Awesome Rivers

2 Awesome Rivers You don’t have to go north to Ontario or the Upper Peninsula to enjoy a wilderness-like paddling experience on 2 awesome rivers. In less than an hour’s drive from Cadillac, you can find stretches of the Pine and Big Manistee Rivers as well...

Manistee River Trail & North Country Trail Loop

Manistee River Trail & NCT Loop This is a perfect weekend-size, plus or minus, 20 mile Manistee River Trail & NCT loop that takes you on some of the best terrain in the Lower Peninsula. THE BEST PART -You only need one car… it’s a loop so park up...

The Mystery of the Canal

A WINTER MYSTERY ON THE CANALHave you ever visited the canal connecting Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell?  Built as a lifeline during the logging era in the late 1800s, the canal has a mystery that many notice every winter.  The lakes will freeze and the...

Get on our Hiking Trails in Cadillac!

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Cadillac Pathway

This great trail is only 10 minutes outside of Downtown Cadillac and is a four season mult-sport trail featuring Fat Tire, MTB, Trail Hiking and groomed cross classic cross country skiing.

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Heritage Trail at the Mitchell State Park

Don’t miss this wonderful 3.5 mile nature trail surrounding a 235-acre preserve.

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Oliver Family Nature Preserve

The Oliver Family Preserve is a 15-acre natural area, open to the public for hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities.

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Fife Lake Loop

Along this 21 mile loop trail, hikers can enjoy the scenic views, serenity of the forest, streams and the Manistee River. 

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Waldeck Nature Preserve

Waldeck Island is an 11-acre nature preserve located on Stone Ledge Lake, which is open to the public for quiet sports such as hiking and snowshoeing.

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Big-M Recreation Area

The Big “M” trail is a 37.9 mile loop trail system located in a canopy of hardwoods off of M-55 between Cadillac and Wellston.

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Manistee River Trail/NCT Loop

The North Country Trail takes you west of the Manistee River, and the Manistee River Trail takes you along the east side of the river. This is a hiking and XC skiing only trail.

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Mackenzie Trail

A 25 mile multi-terrain, multi-season hiking, biking, summer trail, that transitions into a groomed classic cross country ski trail system in the winter.

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