Hiking

Hiking Trails

Looking to venture out into the wilderness? Newaygo County is home to miles of hiking trails and numerous nature areas that allow you to get out and create and adventure of your own making.

Choose the Right Trail for Your Adventure

First Time Hikers

Everyone starts somewhere. Ready to wander out on your first trail hiking adventure? We have just the right spot for you!

Endurance

Want to Go Explore the North Country Trail? Newaygo County is home to some of the longest trail segments of this 4,000 mile hiking trail. Your adventure begins!

Looped Trails

Want the simplicity of ending up where you began? These loop trails offer trails of varying lengths and challenge that all circle back to your home base.

Stories from the Trail

Newaygo: A Truly Magical Place

Newaygo: A Truly Magical Place

This truly is a magical place.Nestled on the banks of the Muskegon River in Newaygo County rests the nostalgic town ofNewaygo, MI. The historic district of this town still features all of the old world charm and design;restored vintage buildings, bustling...

Early Spring Hike Reveals Surprises

Early Spring Hike Reveals Surprises

Spring fever had struck. I needed to hike and thought Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary would be a good place to explore and get my walking legs broken in. I didn’t think I would see many wildflowers, because even the daffodils weren’t up yet, but it was sunny and...

How About a Walk on The Edge?

How About a Walk on The Edge?

The Edge is a hiking and biking trail that runs along the Muskegon River on roads from Hardy Dam to Croton Dam. It's a slightly downhill stretch, so if you are running expect to have a fantastic pace per mile. I participated in a race a few years ago that started at...

A Branstrom Park Afternoon

A Branstrom Park Afternoon

With the sun shining brightly and spring in the air, one Sunday afternoon was the perfect day to hit the trails. I headed for Branstrom Park, in Fremont, to take a tour around the hiking trails there. The trails double as the Fremont Cross Country course, and the fun...

Birds of Newaygo County

Birds of Newaygo County

In Newaygo County we’re lucky to have a plethora of birds to see and hear while exploring the trails and natural outdoor spaces throughout the region. It is true that many birds don’t stay in Michigan during the winter-yet even then we have many bird species. One...

Ensley Township Nature Preserve

Ensley Township Nature Preserve

By Wendy Sinicki Tucked in the southeastern corner of Newaygo County is a wonderful place to spend time hiking, especially with the family. The Ensley Township Nature Preserve, 6985 136th Street, Sand Lake, just west of Cypress Avenue, is designed with children in...

Are You Two Dam Tuff?

Are You Two Dam Tuff?

Are you Two Dam Tuff?   It's a question that gets asked the first Saturday in October each and every year in Newaygo County.  For those "in the know", The Croton and Hardy Dams are separated by about 6 miles as the crow flies, and are spectacular tourist draws in...

Exploring the Rustic Trail

Exploring the Rustic Trail

The Hardy Dam Rustic Trail is just that: rustic, but in the best sense. This gem offers tree lined trails and picturesque views giving hikers of all abilities a sense of reconnecting with nature even for just a short time. For the first-time user, it is helpful to...

Hit the Trail

Newaygo is the perfect hub to begin your adventure. Whether you are planning an overnight stay or a week long trek, we have the right trail head for you. What are you waiting for?