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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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    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
    February 13, 2019 Cooking Like a New York City Food Cart Vendor
    Jim DuFresne, the main blogger for MichiganTrailMaps.com, was sitting in Times Square when he realized that New York City food cart vendors could teach a thing or two to backpackers. What could they possibly have in common? Read his latest… read more
    January 15, 2019 Funding Our Natural Gems – Users or Society?
    Cross-country skiing on a snowy winter day in a Michigan State Park. The “opt-out” bills for the Recreation Passport didn’t survive the lame-duck session in Lansing last month despite all the support for them. But in this latest Tra… 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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    Taking Jessica Tramping Downunder

    New Zealand was the destination for this father & daughter backpacking adventure halfway around the world

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