I have spring fever and backpacking has been on my mind. One of my favorite hikes is the Manistee River Trail. The scenery is beautiful, the camping spots are great and the distance is up to you. You can choose to do a 20 mile loop by adding in the North Country Trail (NCT), or just hike in so many miles and camp for a night or two, and hike back out.
Information and Directions to the Trailheads
Printable Trail Map
NCT Map MI-05
The NCT side of the loop has its ups and downs. There is no water access on the NCT and it is physically challenging, but you will have a sense of accomplishment, solidarity, and a great workout.
On the NCT side, there are 15 miles of new trail north of the Hodenpyl Dam! This trail is on my list of places to hike for 2011. Maps and information can be found here: