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 40 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.