North Country Trail
21.7 miles long.
This site is part of the North Country National Scenic Trail that when finished will stretch more than 4,000 miles from New York to North Dakota. Approximately 120 miles of this National Scenic Trail occurs on the Huron-Manistee National Forests. The twenty-mile trail section between the Marilla and High Bridge Trailheads is featured here. This trail section follows the general course of the scenic Manistee River, crossing Coates Highway about half way. Several trailheads along the route provide access for day trips. The trailheads have restroom facilities and fee stations. A vehicle parking pass is required.
Beautiful scenery and solitude await hikers who venture along this stretch of the North Country Trail. Bald eagles and osprey are often seen along the river in this area, as are deer, waterfowl, and numerous woodland songbirds. Backpack camping is permitted as long as the campsite is at least 200 feet from the trail and water courses. Camping is prohibited at the trailheads and parking areas. Blue blazes mark the trail route along with signposts at all road crossings. Listen closely in the gray light of dawn to see how many songbirds and other critters you can identify. No drinking water is available along this portion of the trail, so bring your own water. This area is open to public hunting. Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for affected seasons and locations.
The North Country National Scenic Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in seven states.
When completed, through the efforts of many people, the trail will be the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States. The trail allows hikers to experience a variety of northern landscapes.
Come and experience your America, at a walking pace.
The North Country Trail is built and maintained primarily by volunteers. Volunteers are continually developing new trail segments, improving existing segments and obtaining landowners permission for the trail to cross their land.
For information on how you can become involved in volunteer activities for the North Country Trail please contact:
North Country Trail Association
229 E. Main St.
Lowell Michigan 49331
Did You Know?
That the North Country National Scenic Trail was named for a trail in the Chequamegon National Forest?
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Permission and information sources are from Contributers to this Web Site, the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan.gov, National Park Service,
and the USDA Forest Service.