Birch Grove Trail

Beginning at the Diamond Lake Campground, this 9.8-mile loop was completed in 2007 when the Birch Grove Trail was developed from a route of forest roads, old railroad grades and foot paths leading from the North Country Trail. This looped trail is great for a day hike, but can also be accessed for camping by those on longer NCT trek.

Looking for a shorter hike? The trail can be shortened by 2 miles by beginning at the Birch Grove Schoolhouse, using 5 Mile Road to bypass portions of the trail to the south and head toward Diamond Lake.

Trail Details

Distance: 9.8
Challenge Level: Moderate
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Swimming

Trail Features

Diamond Lake County Park

This 151-acre park features 52 campsites with clean restrooms and hot showers, including 24 sites with full hookup. Enjoy Diamond Lake and the abundant recreational opportunities of the Manistee National Forest. This park also features day-use, swimming beach, shelter building, boat rentals, and sanitation station.

 

 

Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary

This sanctuary consists of a 1.5-mile hiking trail, a small lake, marsh, and wooded area. There are over 150 different species of plants, wildflowers, trees, and vegetation with posts that correspond to the trail guide. Picnic area with grills and outhouse is available for use near the trail access point.