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Explore Newaygo

Newaygo County offers unique, abundant, and affordable opportunities to get away from the city without having to endure a long drive for an authentic Up North adventure.

Four seasons of adventure await you, just around the corner!

Riflers & Reelers

Cast a line or plan your hunt in the waters and forests of Newaygo County. Sportsmen of every sort will find fishing and hunting in our region a true northern Michigan outdoor experience. Plan your next outing in Newaygo County, we have just the right spot.

Snowshoeing through a trail in a forest

Trail Addicts

With over 150 miles of trails, Trail Trekkers from beginner to advanced will find a trail that is just the right size for an adventure in Newaygo County. Let us show you the way with trail maps and more.

Family Sledging Through Snowy Woodland

Winter Fanatics

Winter presents a whole new range of recreational fun for visitors to Newaygo County. We embrace the “Water-Winter-Wonderland” nickname with reckless abandon in pursuit of a snow covered adventure. Bundle up and grab your gear. Winter adventure awaits!

Boaters and Floaters

A Water Wonderland awaits you in Newaygo County with over 356 river miles and 256 inland lakes making it and ideal destination for your paddling or floating adventure. Water sports are a central part of our local culture, and we are excited to share our waterways with you!

Creatives & Crafters

Newaygo County offers diverse opportunities for exploring artistic expression through performing arts, museums, galleries, and a world-class observatory. Indulge your creative side in Newaygo County.

Trail Heads

Miles of Trails



First Person Adventure.

First Time Hiker

First Time Hiker

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit, that even growing up next to the Manistee National Forest, literal minutes from the North Country Trail, my first time hiking it was this past winter… in my mid 30’s!  While my preferred adventure typically includes a glass of wine on...

Traipsing Through the Winter Woods

Traipsing Through the Winter Woods

I am in love with Newaygo County.  We’ve lived here three years now and keep discovering hidden treasures. If you love to be out in nature as my husband and I do, then each season brings new adventures and experiences.I did not think snowshoeing sounded like much...

Winter Wanderings: Newaygo County’s Trails

Winter Wanderings: Newaygo County’s Trails

I first learned to love cross-country skiing during my senior year of high school after befriending a Norwegian exchange student named Ingvar.  My first trip out was perfection.  A snow day from school and the type of snow globe snow falling through the trees onto us...

Christmas Season Festivities

Christmas Season Festivities

I grew up in Newaygo country. My memories of the area are rich odes to the senses.  There’s the feeling of the cold river running over my feet in the summer, sunlight on my face as it blinked through the rustling tree branches along the bank. There was the taste of...

Church’s Tree Farm

Church’s Tree Farm

Finding the right tree!Snow fell, and we said goodbye to fall as if it were a thing that never existed. There were never leaves of red, yellow, or orange decorating the skyline. There were no greying trees of exposed branches and bark. There is only this place, this...

Fall Color Tour Time! 

Fall Color Tour Time! 

Top 5 places (and maybe a few more) to take great Fall color photosFall is my favorite time of year. I love watching the rainbow of colors change from day to day. Science says that water and temperature determine when a tree’s leaves turn colors. I don’t much care for...

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