Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Traverse City, MI

There are 8 dog friendly hiking trail in Traverse City. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Traverse City.

Pet Friendly Traverse Area Recreation Trail (TART)
Traverse Area Recreation Trail (TART) The Traverse Area Recreation Trail (TART) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Traverse City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Traverse Area Recreation Trail (TART). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Pet Friendly Mission Point Lighthouse Park & Beach
Mission Point Lighthouse Park & Beach Mission Point Lighthouse has been a Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula icon for decades. Located at the north end of a picturesque drive along M-37 through cherry orchards and vineyards, Mission Point Lighthouse stands as a classic piece of Michigan history. Mission Point Lighthouse Park & Beach is pet-friendly and any pet under control can be off-leash too for responsible pet owners. The trails and beach are dog-friendly but dogs are not allowed in the lighthouse. See Details
Leelanau Trail The Leelanau Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Traverse City! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Leelanau Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
The Hippie Tree Leashed dogs are welcome. The tree received its nickname because of the spiritual visitors (hippies, as they were called by locals) who would come to this spot for enlightenment. After receiving visions, these artists would then paint on the bark of the tree in bright, neon paint. The address listed is for Greenspire School which is adjacent to the trail. From the trailhead, take the first right and you will proceed up a large hill into a clearing. The next left will lead you down to the Hippie Tree. See Details
Clinch Park Leashed pets are welcome. Clinch Park has picnic tables, bike racks, TART Trail access, lifeguards (mid-June - August) snack bar ,and restrooms. See Details
Mission Point Lighthouse & Park Mission Point Lighthouse is surrounded by five acres of wooded Township land and hundreds of acres of State land, all with miles of trails. The trails at Mission Point Lighthouse can be enjoyed by anyone; from the avid hiker to a leisurely family day hike. Fat tire and mountain bikers, folks on horses use the trails too, as well as folks with friendly pets. See Details
Boardman Lake Trail Leashed dogs are welcome. The 3-mile heavily wooded trail wraps along the eastern and northern boundaries of Boardman Lake. See Details
Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park Leashed dogs are welcome but not allowed on the beach. The park is only two miles from downtown Traverse City, one of the most popular resort towns in Michigan. The campground is open year-round with heated restrooms. See Details
Good Harbor Bay Trail Good Harbor Bay Trail is pet-friendly. This 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail is located near Cedar, Michigan and offers the chance to see wildlife along the way. Leashed dogs are welcome on the loop, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Leelanau Trail The Leelanau Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Suttons Bay! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Leelanau Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Interlochen State Park Interlochen State Park is located on two fishing and swimming lakes: Green Lake and Duck Lake. The park was established in 1917 to preserve one of the last virgin pine stands for the people of Michigan. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Brown Bridge Quiet Area Dogs are welcome at Brown Bridge Quiet Area, a 1,310-acre preserve located 11 miles southeast of Traverse City and is the result of two monumental events; the year they built the Brown Bridge Dam and the year they removed it. Today the Brown Bridge Quiet Area is one of the region’s largest and most diverse natural areas where visitors can wander 8 miles of trails through forests of white and red pine, paper birch, red maple and white cedar while often gazing over a blue-ribbon trout stream through the trees. See Details