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With the FIFTH edition,
the Benzie County Michigan Trail Guide provides the details for 25 trails
in Benzie County for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
The Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail is also used by horse riders. The Betsie
Valley Trail is a former railroad with a long 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
and the major roads around them. If you'd like a more detailed map, check out Northwest
Michigan (folding map) from Universal Maps,
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
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 reference!
This book is available at these fine establishments throughout the Benzie County
area, as well as Glen Arbor and Northport (Leelanau County) and Traverse City (Grand
Backcast Fly Shop
Benzie Area Historical Museum
Timberline Campground (a)
Vacation Trailer Park
Benzie County Conservation DIstrict
Crystal Lake Adventure Sports
Betsie River Campsite
Frankfort Tackle Box
Point Betsie Lighthouse Gift Shop
The Book Store
The Cottage Book Shop
Riverside Canoe Trips
Tag Limit Outdoors
Lake Ann Grocery
Dog Ears Books
Ask for it at your favorite bookstore they can order it. Although you are very
much encouraged to shop locally, should it be needed, this Benzie County Michigan Trail Guide book is also available online at Amazon.
This book is also available at the following libraries:
- Benzie County
- Benzonia Benzonia Public
Library (d. e)
- Beulah Darcy Library
- Frankfort Benzie Shores
District Library (d, e)
- Thompsonville Betsie
Valley District Library (e)
- Grand Traverse County
- Fife Lake Fife
Lake Public Library
- Kingsley Kingsley
Public Library (e)
- Interlochen Interlochen
Public Library (e)
- Traverse City
- East Bay Branch Library (e)
- Traverse Area District Library
- Leelanau County
- Empire Glen Lake
Community Library (e)
- Leland Leland Township
- Suttons Bay Suttons Bay
Bingham District Library (e)
If you're in the Benzie County area, please contact me for wholesale arrangements.
If you're outside of Benzie County, the book is available via book distributors such
as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and NACSCORP. The details for the book
are: "Benzie County Michigan Trail Guide" by Jim Stamm ISBN-13:
978-1477501696, ISBN-10: 147750169X.
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
all Benzie County trailhead locations at once, electronically
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
more 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.
More Benzie Rivers, Lakes,
You might also appreciate A Guide to Benzie County
Michigan Rivers, Lakes, and Creeks which is a handy reference guide for fishing
by boat, paddling (canoeing, kayaking, rowing, etc.),
and other recreational boating 33 of the
county's 58 inland lakes, 2 of its 4 rivers, and 5 of its many creeks ALL the navigable
and publicly accessible inland water in the county.
More Rivers and Lakes
Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties
A complement to the Benzie "water guide" mentioned above is the A
Guide to the Rivers and Lakes of Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, Michigan
book, which covers all 65 of the publicly and easily accessible inland lakes, the
in-county pieces of the five rivers in those two counties, and ALL of the access
points to those lakes and rivers.
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