Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Fall isn’t out of here, just yet. It’s been 40℉, or warmer the past two weekends. Whether you like to hike, bike or paddle, we just encourage you to get outside one last time before winter rolls in. The state of Michigan has so much to offer and we’d like to highlight a few of our favorite outdoor adventures.
PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, MUNISING
Having spent a week in Munising this past summer, it’s fresh on the mind. The entire trail spans 42 miles, but we hiked the popular 12-mile loop connecting Chapel Beach to Mosquito Beach. [Pro Tip - Be sure to bring some bug spray.] We were able to complete the hike in about 4 hour and that included a swim, snack, my girlfriend trying to make friends with a deer, and several pit-stops for pictures. The views are breathtaking
LITTLE TRAVERSE WHEELWAY, CHARLEVOIX TO HARBOR SPRINGS
While the tranquility of being outside alone is unbeatable, bringing the family along can make for lasting memories. Michigan offers plenty of off-road bike trails, but we opted to focus on a more family-friendly option. This 26-mile route spans four of northern Michigan’s best cities - Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Bay Harbor, and Charlevoix. With plenty of year-round activities along the entire route the options are endless. Make it a day trip or opt to make a weekend out of it. There are plenty of campground and hotel options along the way.
DETROIT RIVER, DETROIT
Like to kayak and hoping you can make it out on the water one last time before it freezes over? You’re likely picturing the pristine rivers and lakeshores of northern Michigan. Well, have you ever thought about the Detroit River? While this may seem like the least likely option, trust us, it’s well worth it. Many aren’t even aware of the extensive canal system that lines the shores of the river. Here is your chance to not only learn the interesting history of Detroit, you’re able to see the Motor City and its resurgence from a new perspective.
To book a tour, or to learn more, check out Detroit River Sports.
Outside Magazine put together a more comprehensive list - ‘The Ultimate Guide to Michigan’s Trails.’ Click Here to check it out. See you on the trails.