Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Michigan

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Michigan. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Michigan that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Stony Creek Metropark
Stony Creek Metropark Fido will love the chance to join you on-leash at this popular park. Stony Creek Metropark features more than twenty-seven miles of hiking through thick woodlands, fields, and wetlands. Pets are not allowed at Baypoint Beach, Eastwood Beach or north of the Stony Creek River in the Nature Center Area. Admission is $10 per vehicle. Stony Creek Metropark is open daily from 6am to 10pm. See Details
Pet Friendly South Higgins Lake State Park
South Higgins Lake State Park There are two pet-friendly areas of shoreline at South Higgins Lake State Park. The first is for campers-only and is near the west campground. The second area is in the day use area. Please contact the park for specific details. Pets must be on a six foot leash and under an owner's immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles.South Higgins Lake State Park contains almost one mile of shoreline along Higgins Lake, which is a large spring-fed body of water known for its clarity and fishing potential. As the second largest campground in a state park, the park's 400 modern camp sites are situated in a hardwood-shaded area. The park is very popular during the summer months and reservations must be made early. 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
Ludington State Park "Comprised of 5,300 acres of scenic sand dunes, sandy beaches, wetlands, marshlands and forests," Ludington State Park is dog-friendly! Leashed pets are welcome to explore the State Park, which features beautiful hiking trails along Lake Hamlin. The hiking trails are wooded and cross several small islands. There are many places along the trail to sit and enjoy the lake. The Park does not allow pets in any water area used for swimming or wading, including Lake Michigan. However, pets are allowed on the Big Sable River (east of the highway bridge) and on Hamlin Lake (outside of the swim area) as well as other public park areas. See Details
Portage Creek Bicentennial Park Trail (Celery Flats) The Portage Creek Bicentennial Park Trail (Celery Flats) is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Portage! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Portage Creek Bicentennial Park Trail (Celery Flats). 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
Bloomer Park Bloomer Park has nature trails all throughout the winding park down to the Clinton River and the old canal to Yates Mill. Many large open fields to run in, as well as picnic areas with charcoal grills. Dogs must be on a 6ft leash. No off leashing is allowed. See Details
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Along forty miles of Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore puts the glory of nature's ever-changing scenery on display every season. Be sure that you and Fido head out to Sable Falls or Miners Beach. Pets are not allowed in fields or the backcountry. On trails, dogs must be kept on a leash, six feet or shorter, at all times. See Details
Boardwalk of Grand Haven Leashed dogs are welcome. The boardwalk is 1.5 miles long stretch of paved path along the Grand River harbor starting with the shops at Chinook Pier. Along the way restaurants, marinas, charter fishing boats, and parks culminating at the catwalk, pier, and lighthouse. The Boardwalk conveniently intersects with the downtown shops and restaurants. While it’s a great place for a brisk walk, there are plenty of grassy knolls and benches for idlers who prefer people and boat watching. See Details
Saugatuck Dunes State Park A day-use park along a secluded strip of Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers two and a half miles of shoreline. The park has fresh water coastal dunes that are over 200 feet tall. The park's terrain varies from steep slopes to rolling hills. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Drayton Plains Nature Center Open daily, Drayton Plains Nature Center offers 137-acres of natural surroundings for hikers and nature enthusiasts to explore. Bring Fido for a day on the hiking trails. Nearly four miles of trails wind around ponds, through woodlands, and meadows. Interpretive signs can be found along the trails to aid your enjoyment and understanding of nature. Dogs must be leashed throughout the nature center. Please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dog. See Details
Rotary Park You're sure to run into other friendly dog owners when you take a stroll with your on-leash pet through the wooded trails of this park. See Details
Al Sabo Nature Preserve Al Sabo is a nature preserve with hiking and biking trails perfect for you and your adventurous dog! It offers over 8 miles of trails through fields, forests, and wetlands. It is an amazing place to take a long walk with your dog and has a large map at the entrance. The entrance (which is a bit rugged) has a gravel parking lot and the trails are right off of the parking lot. In the summer, there can be ticks and other pesky bugs that can climb onto your dog, so make sure he/she has tick and other parasite protection. This beautiful nature preserve is open all year round, 24 hours a day and is completely free. See Details
Dodge Park Dogs are welcome, on leash, at Dodge Park. On Thursday nights, in the summer, dogs are welcome at the Farmer's Market and Music in the Park. See Details
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
Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail The Petoskey to Mackinaw 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 Petoskey! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Petoskey to Mackinaw 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
Bay City Loop (Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System) The Bay City Loop (Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System) 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 Bay City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Bay City Loop (Bay County Riverwalk/Railtrail System). 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
Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park The Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park 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 South Haven! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park. 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
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
Huron Valley Trail System (South Lyon Rail-Trail) The Huron Valley Trail System (South Lyon Rail-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 New Hudson! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Huron Valley Trail System (South Lyon Rail-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
Dequindre Cut Greenway The Dequindre Cut Greenway 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 Detroit! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Dequindre Cut Greenway. 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
Holland State Park Holland State Park is pet-friendly, other than the beach. Leashed pets are welcome on the trails and a section of shoreline, that is non-designated bathing beach area. Holland State Park is best known for sugar sand beaches, beautiful sunsets and views of the iconic "Big Red" lighthouse. The park is home to two popular beaches, campgrounds, concessions, a new playground, and connections to non-motorized trails. See Details
West Bloomfield Trail The West Bloomfield 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 West Bloomfield! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the West Bloomfield 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
Paw Run Recreation Area Pets love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with agility equipment, ponds, trails and benches. Some breed restrictions, membership required. See Details
PJ Hoffmaster State Park P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, a 297-site modern campground, towering Lake Michigan dunes and the Gillette Visitor Center. Miles of hiking and skiing trails offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and subtle beauty at every turn. Dogs are not allowed in buildings or swimming areas. See Details