North Country Trail - south segment

This trail is good for Hiking

Explore the hardwood and pine forests of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. From the Marilla Trailhead (off Beers Rd) to the Upper River Rd Trailhead the trail runs along the valley ridge of the Manistee River, offering scenic views. Around the Udell Trailhead the topography gets hilly. The trail continues this way, rolling over forested hills. The trail is marked with blue rectangle-shaped blazes. Connector trails are marked with white rectangle blazes on trees.

North Country Trail Association says, "The North Country Trail is America's longest National Senic Trail stretching 4,600 miles form New York to North Dakota, linking 7 states, 10 National Forests and more than 150 public lands. The NCT provides year-round recreation opportunities as it traverses America's north country and unites our red plaid nation." Go to for trail maps!

The North Country Trail is maintained by the following:

Harbor Springs Chapter: 46 miles of trail from the Mackinac Bridge south to Kipp Road (north of Petoskey) in Emmet County

Jordan Valley 45 Chapter80 miles of trail from Kipp Road to Starvation Lake Road (north of Kalkaska) in Kalkaska County. 

Grand Traverse Hiking Club100 miles of trail from Starvation Lake Road south through Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Wexford, and Manistee Counties. 

Spirit of the Woods Chapter: 78 miles of trail through Manistee County and south. 


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business


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