Explore Manistee National Forest while Staying in Whitehall

Manistee National Forest offers the visitors a chance to get close to nature. This is one of the ways you can enjoy your vacation while staying in Whitehall. BBOnline recommends the following as must-see places in this forest.

Caberfae Scenic Overlook
Manistee Ranger District
412 Red Apple Road
Manistee, MI 49660
(231) 723-2211

Wear the right gear and set out from your Whitehall Inn to make the most out of the Caberfae Scenic Overlook. This is one of the most scenic places in this part of Manistee National Forest. The climb to the top is easy and can be embarked upon by individuals with any skill level. The hiking trails are well marked out and you will pass wooded forests and lush green surroundings. Once at the top, you will come across a vantage point like no other.

Hemlock Fishing


Having traveled all the way to the Manistee National Forest, it would be unfortunate if you didn't indulge in some fishing. The Hemlock area offers a chance to you to fish to your heart's content. The lake stretches for 1,600 acres and offers a pristine and enchanting background. Anglers can cast their bait and attract trout, salmon and bass. Regardless of whether you are a professional or a beginner, you are sure to have a lot of fun here. If you spend enough time here, you won't go back empty handed to your Whitehall Bed and Breakfast.

Big M Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail


If you have adventure in your mind, then set out on this mountain biking trail. This trail transforms into a ski area during winters and the guests can take full advantage of its well laid out paths. During summer this trail is apt for those who want to explore the ruggedness of the Manistee National Forest. Rent a bike and maneuver your way through the beautiful wooded forest and pine trees. Pass by streams and ponds and become one with nature. The trails can be challenging during certain steep turns.

MacKenzie Cross-Country Trail


During the winter months the Manistee National Forest transforms into a major hub for winter sports and related activities. You can take full advantage of the snow-clad mountains and flat terrain. The MacKenzie Cross-Country Trail is open during the months of December and January. The ski experience here is truly remarkable and will keep you coming back for more. There is no entrance fee for this trail.

Briar Hills


Briar Hills is divided into two distinct areas, depending upon the activities. The northern part is well known for hunting, skiing and mushroom gathering. The southern part is the place to go if you want to go hiking. No matter which part you choose, you will definitely have a lot of fun.