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Hiking Trails

The Park contains over 14 miles of pathways meandering throughout offering hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. We would discover this parks hiking opportunities. You know me, if there is a trail around I am all for following it.

I sure wasn’t disappointed. We started our hike at the south end of the park just above the headwaters to the rifle river. The trail was easy and on level ground. We soon came to a foot bridge that seems to be a unique attraction for most of the families that were also out enjoying this trail.

The Rifle River Recreation Area is a multi-use area that provides a quiet getaway for hikers looking for a trail system with a mix of terrain, scenery, and solitude. The 4,300-acre recreation area blends nearly all the habitats and environments found in northern Michigan. Its overall beauty and solitude draw more than 100,000 visitors annually. The mix of habitat is of particular note for birders and photographers. In the northern section of the area, hikers will encounter upland hardwood ridges and the steepest climbs in the system; the southern loop is a trek through a blend of dry uplands, lake, and river habitats.

Michigan DNR - Rifle River Recreation Area Trails PDF (364 KB)

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