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With the fourth
edition, the Benzie County Michigan Trail Guide provides the details for 23
trails in Benzie County for hiking, mountiain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
One former railroad trail has a paved section that can also be used by road bikes
and roller blades.
Included in the guide is a road map of Benzie County showing trailhead locations.
Many details are provided for each trail, including: links to each trail's Web site
and trail map; trail lengths, hiking times, and difficulty; GPS coordinates, detailed
directions, and links to Google Maps for each trailhead; as well as helpful tips
and comments. So, besides some good hiking shoes, this is about all one should need
to "take a hike!" Keep this guide in your car or at your cottage for easy
The book are available at these fine establishments throughout the county:
Benzie Area Historical Museum
Stapleton's Corner Market (q)
Benzie County Conservation
Crystal Lake Adventure Sports
Charlie's Natural Foods
The Bookstore (q)
Riverside Canoe Trips
(Retailers: please contact me
for wholesale arrangements.)
Although you are very much encouraged to shop and buy locally, should it be
needed, the Benzie
County Michigan Trail Guide is also available online at Amazon.
The trails covered in the Benzie County Michigan Trail Guide are a great
way to explore year-round one of northwestern lower Michigan's favorite counties.
The trails travel along streams, rivers, inland lakes, as well as Lake Michigan overlooks,
beaches, and bluffs. They travel through hills, woods, valleys, dunes, wetlands,
and meadows. Some trails follow former railroads or logging roads, or go through
former farms and orchards. Four of the trails are in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National
Lakeshore. All encompass a myriad of plant and animal life and have something unique
See the Northwestern Michigan Trail Guide page for more
details about Benzie County trails (and many other nearby), links to trail Web sites,
trail maps, and road maps, and much more.
the Benzie County trailhead locations electronically
- users of ANY device with Web access
here (or enter this Web
address: goo.gl/maps/Pxd4E ) in any Web browser to see the trailhead locations
at the Google Maps Web site.
- computer users with the Google
Earth program download this KMZ file
to your computer then open it to see the trailhead locations
in Google Earth.
- mobile device users with a Google
account and the Google Earth app
- in a Web browser (on any device)
go to this Google Maps address: goo.gl/maps/Pxd4E, sign in with your Google
account, copy the URL of the KML file seen in the search box, go to My Places, click
Create Map, enter a title, paste and import the URL copied above, click Done.
- on your mobile device, run Google
Earth, go to My Maps and see trailhead locations.
See more of the county here: Roaming Benzie County a 3:30 minute slideshow (with
music) of photos taken while roaming the Benzie County trails.
More Trails and Details
See the Northwestern Michigan Trail Guide page for
details about Benzie County trails as well as MANY MORE throughout northwestern lower
Michigan all within about an hour of Traverse City. All the trails mentioned can
be used for hiking, most allow cross-county skiing and/or snowshoeing, some can be
used for mountain or road biking, and a few even for horseback riding.
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