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Hiking

Point Beach State Forest

There are 17 miles of hiking trails in the forest ranging from a half mile, to more than 7 miles long. There are also 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to explore.

Hiking trails

Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Point Beach State Forest has a segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. This trail runs north to south through the forest for about 5 miles.

Ridges trail

The Ridges Trail, which starts at the Lodge parking lot, has three connecting loops so you can hike or ski varying distances: Red Loop (3 miles), Red and Blue loops (5.5 miles) or Red, Blue and Yellow loops (7.25 miles).

Red pine trail

The Red Pine Trail begins at the parking lot west of County Highway O across from the forest entrance road. The trail is 3.1 miles long. This trail is open to mountain bikes and hikers in the summer and skiers in the winter. Dogs are prohibited during ski season but permitted at other times of the year.

Swales nature trail

This self-guided nature trail is 0.5 miles long. It's a great place to look for wildflowers, birds and animals as well as to learn how this interesting terrain was formed via self-guided signs. Dogs are not allowed on this trail.