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Manistee River Trail Loop: Manistee State Forest, MI

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Distance: 17.5 miles


Have one of the best backpacking adventures in the Lower Peninsula on this tranquil 17.5-mile loop through the Manistee National Forest.
  • Red Bridge
  • Manistee National Forest Sign
  • Campsite #7's view
  • Little Mack Suspension Bridge
  • View from Campsites 3 & 4

This 17.5-mile link-up of the Manistee River and North Country Trails is so good that one in four BACKPACKER Facebook fans ranked it a regional fave. “Climbs are short, views over the river and the rolling hills frequent, and camping options plentiful,” says Lange. Start and end at Seton Creek Campground. Hike the river’s east side on the Manistee (find campsites at overlooks nearly every mile); cross a hiker-only suspension bridge to connect to the NCT for an 8.9-mile return.

Contact: Huron-Manistee Forest Service; fs.usda.gov    

-Info provided by William Lange

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spauldeagle
Jan 18, 2014

I grew up in cadillac and this was a go to for us locals. weather its a day trip for some fly fishing, or a long weekend of hiking and camping. this trail has many features like waterfalls, river, bald eagles and always passing good people on the trail. avoid holiday weekends as it tends to be packed and finding a good spot becomes difficult, and many people tromping through camp.. never had any issues what so ever with wild animals. biggest issue are the mosquitos in mid summer. the trout population in this section which is located between hodenpile damn and tippy dam are a local non migratory population and have quite a unique personality to the lake run below tippy. studies have shown a decline in numbers in recent years so if you are fishing please do so ethically. catch and release for all to enjoy.. cheers

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