The Trails of M22

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The Trails of M22

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Written by Jim DuFresne, one of the best known outdoor writers in the Midwest and author of more

than 20 books, the full-color, 192-page book features outstanding photography, interesting sidebars and

more than 40 highly detailed trail maps.

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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.