How’s this for a view of the Manistee National Forest overlooking the Manistee River? This forest stretches from Newago on the south to just south of Traverse City. I live at the edge of this great forest just outside of Scottville, Michigan, but haven’t got far to go for great camping and fishing expeditions. I live in the best of both worlds having the forest to my east and Lake Michigan to my west.

There are many parts of this forest that are literally unexplored. I prefer getting off the regular trails and hiking overland. It’s a better way to get back to nature. Plus you just never know what you might run across. On one trip with my friend Ben we found an old deserted cabin that turned out to be our place of dwelling that night. It kept the chill of the night air out.

If you’re ever in Michigan check out the Manistee National Forest.