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NCT/ Manistee Backpacking Trip

NCT/ Manistee Backpacking Trip

Date and Time

Friday, September 20, 2019
All Day


  • Manistee National Forest


Join GVSU Outdoor Adventures to experience a section of the longest National Scenic Trail in the Country!

Nestled in the Manistee National Forest you will the North Country Trail & Manistee River Trail loop as your introduction to backpacking/hiking in Manistee County.

This perfect weekend hike offers a varied and dynamic perspective of the natural beauty of Manistee County. The North Country Trail and Manistee River Trail loop is approximately 23 miles and is ideal for all experience hikers/backpackers, and to have the opportunity for a relaxing hike with a group who want to “rough it” for a weekend getaway.

The Manistee River Trail follows the east shore of the Manistee River through rolling hills.  The trail traverses past several wetlands and there are bridges crossing two creeks.  A waterfall near the northern end of the trail is very popular. The Manistee River Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail connector is also the site of the largest wooden suspension bridge in Lower Michigan.  Several observation sites along the trail provide hikers with vista views of the Manistee River and surrounding area.  There are several dispersed campsites along the trail.

You will not want to miss this opportunity to explore the natural wonders the Michigan forests have to offer. 

Throughout your GVSU Outdoor Adventures experience, you will learn skills that actually prepare you for life after course. These transferable skills begin to take shape on trail - like collaborating with others as a part of a team, caring for yourself and others on course by preparing meals and building your shelter each night and overcoming challenges that at first seemed insurmountable but in the end were achievable. These skills travel with you back home, to school or to your workplace and help you succeed with new perspective and the discovery that there is more in you than you know. 

Join us, as we adventure in our own backyard!

Early Bird (09/07/19) = $100
Regular Price (09/16/18) = $150

Depart:  Friday September 20 2019 at 5pm
Return:  Saunday September 22 2019 at 5pm
Included:  Transportation, campsite,dinner, and technical gear as needed. 

Required Pre-Trip Meetings: Wednesday September 18th @ 6pm in FH Room 16
Instructions:  The van will leave from the bus stop in lot J.  Participants should plan to arrive by 4:45pm. 

Packing List:  Will be provided after registration. 

Meals:  GVSU Outdoor Adventures will provide a group dinner for each night.  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are participant responsibility.  

**Outdoor Adventures has a no alcohol policy for trips**

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For more information or questions, please contact:

Kaileigh Hennard
Outdoor Adventures Program Coordinator




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