Together those trails can be combined into a mile loop that has become the most popular backpacking trek in the Lower Peninsula. This adventure is relatively new. The foot bridge, the largest wooden suspension bridge in the Lower Peninsula, serves as the cornerstone for a scenic route through a variety of terrain that features numerous viewing points. The bridge also unites two completely different trails. The 8.
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Together those trails can be combined into a mile loop that has become the most popular backpacking trek in the Lower Peninsula. This adventure is relatively new. The foot bridge, the largest wooden suspension bridge in the Lower Peninsula, serves as the cornerstone for a scenic route through a variety of terrain that features numerous viewing points.
The bridge also unites two completely different trails. The 8. Several times, particularly in early spring and late fall, hikers are treated to sweeping views that include a large slice of the valley to the east.
The Manistee River Trail is a level and easy hike that skirts the river bluff providing backpackers numerous opportunities to gaze down at the Manistee flowing through horseshoe bends. The loop is usually walked in two to three days. As an overnight adventure most backpackers begin at Seaton Creek National Forest Campground, cover 11 miles the first day and often spend the night at the dispersed campsites at the Red Bridge Access Site, where there is drinking water and vault toilets.
The second day would be a mile return to Seaton Creek that includes backtracking the 1. Also scattered along the Manistee River Trail are seven backcountry campsites with a fire ring and a view of the river below.
Two of them are located near a waterfall. These are scenic places to spend a night and allow backpackers to break the trek into three shorter days. An ideal weekend outing is to hike the 3. Primitive camping is permitted along both trails as long as tents are feet from the trail or any source of water.
Red Hill is also a popular place to camp but water needs to be carried in as there is no nearby source.
Contact Easily one of the best backpacking trails in Lower Michigan. It is almost always busy on the Manistee River Trail side, campsites are often doubled or even tripled up. The waterfall site 2 miles south of the suspension bridge is great. Be sure to pack water as it is quite the hike up, down, and around the ravines. In the first couple of miles there are some decent sights in the higher hills especially near reds hill.
Hiking the Loop: Manistee River Trail & North Country Trail Loop
Four years later, the two trail segments were connected following the construction of the suspension bridge at the Manistee River Trailhead, making the mile loop minus the 3-mile extension to Seaton Creek Campground that exists today and saving hikers the hassle of leaving a second car at the end of the trail in order to return to their starting point. Some of these include the following: oak, cedar, white pine, lodgepole pine, downy rattlesnake plantain Goodyera pubescens , woodland sunflowers , fungi galore, bobcats, raccoons, black bears, deer, and the pileated woodpecker. Although not groomed, the trail is well-trodden, never too steep, and offers easy walking from start to finish. Planning Planning your hike on the Manistee River Loop is fairly straightforward. That said, you should be prepared to be entirely self-sufficient for the duration of your hike as facilities are limited and opportunities to restock on supplies nil unless leaving the trail on a sizable diversion.
Manistee River Trail
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