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 Saugatuck Dunes State Park
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. Leashed dogs are welcome in the park but dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Pet Friendly Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise, MI, is dog-friendly The centerpiece of the park's 50,000 acres is the waterfalls of the Tahquamenon River. The Upper Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, has a drop of nearly 50 feet, more than 200 feet across and a water flow of more than 50,000 gallons per second. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. 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
Wilderness State Park Wilderness State Park offers visitors a variety of year-round recreational activities within its over 10,000 acres including 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, numerous trails, six rustic cabins and three rustic bunkhouses. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Tawas Point State Park Off-leash dogs are welcome on the trails and the section of shoreline on Tawas Bay between the campground and the lighthouse, enclosed by fencing. Tawas Point has been referred to as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest." The campground is located on Tawas Bay where the water is shallow and warm for swimming. In the park is the Tawas Point Lighthouse which serves as the sole representative of a true Victorian-era style station on the Great Lakes. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Straits State Park Straits State Park in St Ignace, MI, has fantastic views of the Mackinac Bridge and the boat traffic on the Straits of Mackinac from the dog-friendly trails, campground or the viewing platform. The park has a picnic area, playground and waterfront area along Lake Huron. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Munising Falls Trail Munising Falls Trail is pet-friendly. This 0.4 mile heavily trafficked trail features a waterfall and is easy enough for all levels of hiker. The best time to use the trail is April through October. Leashed dogs are also able to use the trail. Munising Falls Trail is open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm. See Details
Seney National Wildlife Refuge Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Seney, MI, was established in 1935 for the protection and production of migratory birds and other wildlife. Today the Refuge is comprised of a rich mosaic of marshes, swamps, bogs, grasslands, and forests. Nearly two-thirds of the Refuge is classified as wetland. There are dog-friendly trails but Fido must remain leashed at all times. Please note that pets are not allowed in the Federally Endangered Piping Plover Nesting Area. See Details
Windmill Island Gardens Windmill Island Gardens is dog-friendly! Leashed dogs are allowed to explore the Gardens, with the exception of the windmill and gift shop, due to food processing. Visiting dog owners must clean-up after their pets. Clean-up bags are available around the park. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youths. Windmill Island Gardens is open from 9:30am to 6:00pm. See Details
Maybury State Park Maybury State Park Contains almost 1,000 acres of gently rolling terrain, open meadow, mature forest, a variety of wildlife and abundant wildflowers, the park gives people an opportunity to get involved in outdoor recreation activities in a state park setting. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Island Lake Recreation Area Island Lake Recreation Area has one of the nation's safest shooting ranges. The park has great canoeing, volleyball courts, picnic shelters, swimming and cabins to rent. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Proud Lake Recreation Area Proud Lake Recreation Area is located on the scenic Huron River and offers diverse and plentiful recreational opportunities. More than 20 miles of trails cover several diverse habitats. It also offers the unique River Hawk Lodge. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum The University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI, is dog friendly! Although the botanical gardens are off the cards for dogs, pups are welcome to join their owners on the trails around the arboretum. Enjoy the varied fauna from the pet-friendly trails with your leashed pup. Admission is free. See Details
Interlochen State Park Interlochen State Park in Michigan is located on two fishing and swimming lakes: Green Lake and Duck Lake. The dog-friendly 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
Orchard Beach State Park Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee, MI, is situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. A stairway leads from the campground to the beach and self-guided, dog-friendly hiking trails are adjacent to the park. Take US-31 to M-110 turn north and go one and a half miles to park entrance. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
Brimley State Park Leashed dogs are welcome. Dogs are not allowed in buildings or swimming areas. Brimley State Park provides recreational opportunities along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay. One of the oldest state parks in the Upper Peninsula, Brimley features hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. See Details
Hemlock Crossing Leashed dogs are welcome. They are not permitted in buildings, restrooms, or picnic shelters. Over six miles of trails meander through bottomland and upland forest, old pine plantations and along the river. Trails connect to Pine Bend County Park on the west end of this property. A pedestrian bridge and numerous overlooks offer scenic views. March 1 through October 15: 7am to 10pm;
October 16 through February 28: 7am to 8pm.
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Ionia Recreation Area Rolling hills, babbling brooks, open meadows, forested ridges; a lake nestled in the hills and a river winding its way through woods and fields -- that's Ionia Recreation Area. Dammed waterfowl flooding, wildflowers and more than 199 species of birds have been seen in this park. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. See Details
South Higgins Lake State Park There are two pet-friendly areas of shoreline at South Higgins Lake State Park in Roscommon, MI. 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. 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
Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area consists of 723 acres with 80-acre Lake Minnewanna in the center Campers, hikers, boaters, anglers, hunters, cross-country skiers and others enjoy a wide variety recreational opportunities throughout the year. The park has a universally accessible fishing pier. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas. 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
Holland State Park Holland State Park in Holland, MI, is pet-friendly, other than the beach swim area for humans. Leashed pets are welcome on the trails and a section of shoreline, that is non-designated beach area. Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash and must never be left unattended. 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
Mulligan's Hollow Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails of the park dunes that can be accessed from Lake Avenue. See Details