How to Find Michigan Walks and Walking Events

Mackinac Bridge
Mackinac Bridge. Dennis Macdonald/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images

When you want to enjoy a walk or find a walking event in Michigan, where do you look? Whether you are looking for a good place to take your dog or a walk or wanting information on the Mackinac Bridge Walk, here is how to find it.

Walking Events

Find competitive walking races, non-competitive walks and fun walks in Michigan.

  • Mackinac Bridge Walk: This annual walk is held Labor Day Weekend and there is no registration or fee to participate, although you will likely need to pay $5 to ride the bus to or from the starting point. It's a fun, non-competitive event to walk across the bridge from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City. The bridge is over four miles long and the walk takes about two hours. There are no restrooms on the bridge, just on either end.
  • AVA Walking Events in Michigan: These walks are non-competitive. They include what they call traditional walks, which are events usually held on a single day. You go to the starting point, sign in and enjoy a route that is mapped and/or marked. Sometimes they have groups who walk together, but often you can start over a range of one to four hours and do it at your own pace. The public is welcome and they charge a small fee or no fee. They also have year-round or seasonal walks where maps are provided and you can walk them any day. Use the search function to find walks. These events earn IVV Achievement Award credit if you pay the fee. The walks open to everyone and are sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association.
  • Michigan Walks: Enter your location to find races, charity events, and fun walks. This is a good site to find many different kinds of walks, including half marathons.
  • Runner's World Michigan Events: Check the listed runs to see if they accept walkers. The site has charity events, races, multi-sport events and more.
  • Racewalking Events: Find competitive racewalking events requiring racewalk technique, courtesy of

Walking Trails and Routes

How to find walking trails and routes you can enjoy on your own, at your own pace.

  • Year-Round and Seasonal Michigan Walks: Search for year-round and seasonal walks at These are walking routes of three to seven miles you can enjoy anytime. Pick up a map at the start point listed for the walks. Routes are sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association.
  • Michigan Walks at Browse routes submitted by other walkers, or draw your own walking route. You can search by the name of city or town in Michigan. You can use the MapMyWalk app to bring routes along with you on your smartphone.
  • Michigan Trails: lists the most popular trails throughout Michigan. You can also find trails and hikes on their map.

Walking and Hiking Clubs

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