You could cross the river at this spot on a very cool suspension foot bridge and get to the North Country Trail. On the Manistee River’s east side, a coarse, rudimentar… Here I took a long (1 hour) lunch. And you can leave the extra car at home. Below is a link to a trail map and my splits. But the 10.5-mile trail connects with the North Country National Scenic Trail to form a … You have the choice to hike all 10.8 miles and then retrace your steps back to your vehicle for a 21.6 mile hike. Contact Information Default. Located 2.5 miles from the trailhead in Seaton Creek Campground, a waterfall makes a great turnaround point for day hikers. 23 Miles Awesomeness factors – Manistee river, towering hardwood forests, great views, wildlife, streams and a waterfall, the lil’ mac suspension bridge. The Manistee River Trail Loop combines the 11-mile Manistee River Trail completed in 1992 with an 8.5-mile section of the North Country Trail. Suspension Bridge MANISTEE RIVER TRAIL & NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL LOOP This weekend-size, 22-mile loop takes you on some of the best terrain in the Lower Peninsula. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Red Bridge is located north of Tippy Dam Pond and is also a trailhead for the Manistee River Trail, and provides a spur trail to the North Country National Scenic Trail. The “Little Mac” suspension bridge. It's a very scenic trail, I haven't found anyone who has run it, but it's a popular backpacking loop. Our riverside … S-bend near the suspension bridge. The Manistee River Trail is 11 miles of hardwood forests and rolling hills, connecting to the 8.5 miles of the North Country Trail Loop, via a superb 245-foot suspension bridge over the two sites. With float segments from 1 hr to 4+ hours in duration, this river is ideal for day trips or overnight trips. The trail path here is a bit quirky. The Manistee River Trail side provides overlooks of the river. It took about 3.5 hours to hike MRT from site 1C where I camped back down to Red Bridge, which was around 8.4 miles, so I had a little slower pace than NCT the first … The result is a weekend-size, 20-mile loop that offers some of the best views and most varied hiking in the Lower Peninsula. You don’t have to hike halfway across the country to visit this bridge, a parking area is on the west side of the river near the bridge. Quickly after crossing the suspension bridge the trail leads to a boat access site for the west side of the Manistee River. A wooden suspension bridge connects the Manistee River Trail to the North County Trail over the Manistee River. U-turn on the Manistee River. The loop consists of the North Country Trail (NCT) on the west side of the Manistee River, two bridges spanning the river (one at the north end, one at the south end), and the Manistee River Trail (MRT) on the east side of the river. One of Michigan’s newest trails, the 11-mile Manistee River Trail was completed in 1992 and linked to a rugged portion of the North Country by the largest wooden suspension bridge in the Lower Peninsula. Each of these trails … Description. Left by O'Rourke Rd to the east out to MI 37. You can hike this trail from start-to-end if you have a group with multiple vehicles. P.O. The North Country National Scenic Trail can be reached by crossing the suspension bridge over the Manistee River. Adventures on the Manistee River Trail. North of Red Bridge there are 43 designated primitive campsites. If you are coming from Manistee go all the way to MI 37 then north to 26 road. To continue north on the NCT, do not take this turnoff, but continue straight to Hodenpyl Dam parking. Really pretty, but could be treacherous if wet. Much of the Manistee River Trail was right along the river, but there were several places that it had to meander a bit to go around a big ravine or stream. The ridge above the river. The bridge over Cedar Creek. Now you make the decision to walk along the trails or drive further into the forest as described in the second directions. These separate trail systems were linked with the addition of a 245-foot pedestrian suspension bridge over the Big Manistee River, which was completed in 1996, … I cooked up my breakfast, filled up my water, relaxed and dipped my bandana in a feeder stream. From there, you can canoe the Big Manistee. The two trails now offer backpackers an ideal loop that begins and ends at Seaton Creek National Forest Campground west … The North County Trail (which flanks the west side of the Manistee River on our featured loop), was created in 1980 thanks to a revision of existing legislation in the National Trails System Act. It is on the Manistee River Trail which is also part of the 4600 mile North Country Trail from Vermont to North Dakota. Rocks! The Manistee River Trail provides an authentic backcountry experience even on a light day hike, as it swaths through a variety of wetlands, forests and rolling terrain. Hike 1.4 miles from Seaton Creak Campground to a suspension footbridge on the banks of the Manistee River. Reach the turnoff to the Suspension Bridge, Little Mac, the 2nd largest suspension bridge in Michigan! For beginners, we recommend beginning at the Red Bridge Trailhead and hiking along the North Country Trail side first and camping near Eddington Creek. Manistee River Hiking & Water Trail West of M-37 between M-115 and M-55, the Manistee River runs wild from Hodenpyl Dam to Red Bridge (Coates Hwy) through Manistee National Forest, offering some of the most spectacular hiking, backpacking, paddling and mountain biking in Michigan’s lower peninsula. The view from one of the marked campsites. Stopping to filter water and rest. The Manistee River Trail can be a great fit for many different levels of hikers. Trail – Manistee River Trail/North Country Trail Loop Where – Huron-Manistee National Forest. The dam creates the Hodenpyl Pond and the falls are downstream a couple of miles from here. Many people start near Red Bridge Campground … A long two track[4 or 5 miles] to Hodenpyl Dam. There is a connector trail to the Manistee River Trail from this site. Upper Portion: Much of the Big Manistee River is ideal for Families and groups. The loop can be very busy on summer weekends so if you would like to see fewer people, go during the week or during the spring or fall. The wooden suspension bridge is 245 feet long. The trail follows the Manistee … The Upper Branch Trailhead is also nearby. This stretch of the hike is quite popular for campsites and makes a great place for you to stop if you start the hike late in the … On the upper river portion (north of Hodenpyl Dam) a favorite trip is the US-131 to Baxter Bridge. At times the trail was right on the edge ridge. As you can see from the image above, the trails are laid out with the NCT on one side of the river and the MRT on the other and a suspension bridge was built connecting the two, making it and easy weekend or long weekend trip. Near Mesick, MI Difficulty – Moderate for very hilly, uneven terrain Open – All year round Distance – Approx. Hodenpyl, McClish and 26 road are all gravel, but wide and well compacted. Using the Manistee River Trail (MRT) from the Seaton Creek Campground and connecting it with the North Country Trail (NCT) makes a 23 mile loop. 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