48 of the Most Beautiful Paths Along Michigan’s Most Beautiful Highway
M-22, the 116-mile state highway that wraps around Michigan’s little pinky like a glove, is quintessential Northern Michigan, a spectacular landscape of dunes and beaches, orchards and vineyards surrounded by a freshwater sea and dotted with small towns and harbors.
But it is the amount of public land and trails along M-22 that is remarkable. The highway passes through the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the state’s most popular national park with 71,000 acres of public land and 35 miles of beaches. It is also the gateway to more than two-dozen preserves protected by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy in Benzie County and the Leelanau Conservancy in Leelanau County.
The Trails of M-22 is the first guidebook dedicated to leading you away from the pavement and into the dunes, forests and wetlands seen along 48 of Michigan’s most beautiful trails, including all the mainland trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The paths reward the adventurous with remote beaches, shoreline shipwrecks, outstanding birding opportunities and panoramic views that make you feel like you’re on the edge of the world.
The second edition of The Trails of M-22 is a guidebook blended with digital content. Trail maps in this book are accompanied by a QR code linking you to a larger and more detailed version on the MichiganTrailMaps.com website. Those maps can be downloaded onto a mobile device or printed and then used on the trail.Also on the website are links to Avenza Map Store that will enable you to download a georeferenced version of the maps.
Written by Jim DuFresne, one of the best known outdoor writers in the Midwest and author of more than 20 books including Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes, the full-color, 224-page book features outstanding photography and 50 trail maps.