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Your First Step Outdoors – MichiganTrailMaps.com

Our latest Trail Mix e-newsletter on Besser Natural Area drew a lot of interest from parents looking for places to take their kids outdoors. So we decided this edition of the MichiganTrailMaps.com web site should be devoted to even more great Michigan adventures for kids. Plus one that was a remarkable experience for Jim DuFresne and his daughter halfway around the world. Enjoy and get them out on the trail early!

We’re not only constantly adding new trails and maps, but also now have a newsletter and a blog by outdoor writer and author Jim DuFresne. Sign up for the Trail Mix Newsletter by clicking here.

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    Trail Talk Blog
    July 12, 2019 The High Cost of a Backcountry Rescue – Who Pays?
    High water levels on Lake Michigan have doubled the cost of retrieving injured visitors along the shoreline dunes of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore this summer. In this Trail Talk blog, Jim DuFresne wonders why are the rescued so shocke… read more
    June 10, 2019 Georeferencing, Smartphones and the Future of Trail Maps
    MichiganTrailMaps.com is proud to announce the addition of georeferenced maps for smartphones to its stable of trail maps. Following is a Trail Talk blog by Jim DuFresne on why we did it and how to download the new maps. But DuFresne also won… read more
    April 24, 2019 Backcountry Camping in Sleeping Bear Dunes? Good Luck
    A prescribed burn at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will temporarily close the only place in April and early May where you can enjoy backcountry camping in Michigan’s most popular national park unit. And that’s a shame, write… read more
    March 14, 2019 Hard to Delete a Trail Like Valley View
    In a park known for great beaches, spectacular views and towering sand dunes, the Valley View Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore had none of those. Yet when the decision was made not to reopen this short, obscure trail after the… read more
    Michigan's Best Hike For Children

    Shipwrecks, a ghost town & big pines, kids will love Besser Natural Area

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    Great Adventures for Short Legged Hikers

    Here are eight more Michigan adventures to build enthusiasm in children for playing outdoors.

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    The Future of Trail Maps

    MichiganTrailMaps.com now offers georeferenced maps. Always know where you are on the trail.

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