5 Traverse City Trails to Explore This Spring

Traverse City trails are some of the most stunning in the country. The following five trails offer plenty of gorgeous vistas and a variety of recreational opportunities for year-round enjoyment. As the days grow warmer and the sun lingers into the evening, hit these hiking spots for the first glimpse of spring’s new growth and the promise of summer’s bounty. Happy Trails!

1. Hickory Meadows Trails

One of the most popular spots in Traverse City for dog walkers, Hickory Meadows is a 112.5-acre-park off Randolph Road only a mile from downtown Traverse City. The lush landscape is filled with sprawling meadowland, upland forest and miles of unpaved hiking paths. Hickory Hills Ski Area, a popular winter family destination, conveniently sits next door; in the summer, hundreds of disc golfers visit the area’s challenging course. Owned and operated by the Joint Recreational Authority (consisting of the City of Traverse City and Garfield Township Recreational Authority), the park has been dedicated to “viewshed preservation and passive recreational activities such as hiking and nature watching.” Be sure to bring a camera—the views from Hickory’s hilltops are spectacular.

For more information, garfield-twp.com/hickorymdws.asp.