The Ultimate Guide to NW Michigan

The staff at has traveled all over the United States, and beyond. We think that the outdoor opportunities in Northwestern Michigan are as good as you will find just about anywhere.

To help you get the most out of your visit, the staff, our friends, and guests, personally visit less-well-known places and tell you all about them in our exclusive Off the Grid.

The following links, State Parks (800-44-PARKS), National Parks, State Forests, and National Forests,   provide all the information most people could ever hope for. Before you head off into the wilderness, you might want to visit the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) field office located at 970 Emerson 231-922-5280, or the State Park located on Munson Avenue (US-31) near the base of East Bay, both in Traverse City. Each site offers regional trail maps as well as maps showing state-owned land.

Something people are getting pretty excited about is the establishment of the North Country Scenic Trail which will stretch 3,200 miles from North Dakota, through Northwestern Michigan to New York state. (NOTE: More miles of this trail will be in Michigan than any other state.)

If you have an interest in Wilderness areas, you will want to visit Michigan Wilderness Areas. Hat's off to the National Park Service who are responsible for the overall administration of the North Country Scenic Trail and interpreting the landscape through which it passes.

For women only: Sisters of the Earth Adventures specializes in Michigan travel and outdoor adventures for women and girls. Sisters of the Earth outdoor adventures are designed so that women may travel softly in appreciation of nature and Mother Earth, while experiencing the natural wonders of Michigan's great outdoors. All necessary gear is provided.

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Adventure Women
Adventures in Good Company (women only)
Backpacker's Base Camp
Backpacking Online
Backpacking Resource
Camping with Kids
Great Outdoor Rec Pages
Green Guide to Northwest Michigan
Hostel / Budget Travel Guide
Michigan National Parks
Michigan Wilderness Areas
National Forests
National Park Service
Nat'l Parks Service Employment Database
North Country Scenic Trail
Off the Grid
Outside Magazine Online
Privately Owned Campgrounds
Rideshare/Carpool * new *
Scott Howard's Isle Royale National Park
Sisters of the Earth Adventures
State Parks/Forests
The Backpacker
Topozone Maps
Walking and Hiking
Yahoo - Hiking

1999 Great Lakes Camping Guide
Backpacking in Michigan
Backwoods Ethics: Environmental Issues for Hikers and Campers
Camper's Guide to Michigan : Parks, Lakes, and Forests : Where to Go and How to Get There
Fifty Hikes in Lower Michigan: The Best Walks, Hikes and Backpacks from Sleeping Bear Dunes to the Hills of Oakland County
Lure of the Lone Trail : Writings from the North Woods
Michigan State and National Parks : A Complete Guide
Michigan State Parks : A Complete Recreation Guide
Trail Atlas of Michigan: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, and Nature Trails