|Hike Name:||Huron-Manistee National Forest - Leaf Lake|
|Directions:||From Brohman, MI, take State Rt. 37 north 2 miles to 11-Mile Rd. Turn west onto 11-Mile Rd. and go 4.5 miles to Nichols Lake campground sign. Turn right onto Forest Rt. 5140 and go 0.7 miles to campground.
The campground is a single loop near the shores of Nichols Lake in a stand of mixed hardwoods. A wheelchair-friendly ramp provides direct access to the Lake and wheelchair-friendly fishing pier. A nice variety of fish and paved boat ramp make this campground very popular with anglers of all ages. The campground is a short distance from the 3200-mile North Country Scenic Trail, making it popular also with the Trail's through hikers.
|Total Hike Distance:||8.00 miles|
|Hike Difficulty:||Easy to Moderate|
|Hike Type:||In and Out, Backtrack Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Nichols Lake|
|Trails Used:||North Country Trail|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||Lakes|
|Management:||U.S. Forest Service|
|Contact Information:||Huron-Manistee National Forest
1755 S. Mitchell Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||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.|