Leaf Lake

Location: Northern Michigan
Trip Starts: Nichols Lake
Trip Ends: Nichols Lake
Total Distance: 8 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: North Country Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Huron-Manistee National Forest
Supervisor’s Office
1755 S. Mitchell Street
Cadillac, MI 49601


The Huron-Manistee National Forests has over 330 miles of trails, some of which are shared with horses or cross-country skiers in the winter months. The hiking and horse trails are often linear, while the cross-country and interpretive (nature) trails are usually loops of varied lengths. The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) is a linear trail that passes through a portion of the Huron-Manistee National Forest and links outstanding scenic, natural, recreational, historic, and cultural areas in seven of the northern States-New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. We spent two days on the NST and hiked to a series of lakes in the Manistee National Forest. The skeeters were vicious but the scenery and fishing were excellent.

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