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near crystal mountain

Just beyond Crystal Mountain lies a world of adventure. Discover the beauty of Benzie County and beyond!

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - 18 MILES FROM CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN

Sleeping Bear Dunes

This 70,000-acre national park includes 35 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and the North and South Manitou Islands. From the popular Dune Climb to secluded beaches, you are sure to have a memorable time at this year-round national park. Learn more by visiting the National Park Service website or call 231-326-4700.

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Frankfort, Michigan - 17 miles from crystal mountain

  Frankfort Pier





Located on the Lake Michigan shoreline near the southern border of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Frankfort's immaculate beaches, sand dunes, lighthouses and sunsets separate this coastal town from others. Browse local shops and galleries in the charming downtown for your perfect vacation souvenir. Learn more by visiting FrankfortMich.com.

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Point Betsie LighthousePoint Betsie Lighthouse - Frankfort, MI

Built in 1857-58, the Point Betsie Lighthouse has served Lake Michigan mariners for over 150 years at the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage. Now, the lighthouse is enjoyed by rock hounds, photographers, and sunset-watchers alike. For more information visit PointBetsie.org.

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M-22 SCENIC DRIVE - 12 MILES FROM CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN

M-22 ​ 

This 116-mile stretch of road holds winding turns through beautiful forests combined with awe-inspiring views of Lake Michigan. Taking a drive on M-22 will always be a favorite of tourists and locals, but when the ocean of green leaves fade to brilliant waves of red, yellow and orange in the fall, this drive is a must. It's best described as “Pure Michigan”.
Learn more about M-22 »

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ARCADIA OVERLOOK - 14 MILES FROM CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN

Arcadia Overlook

Pulling into the Overlook’s scenic turnout, located just north of the village of Arcadia, Lake Michigan dominates the view. Let your eyes wander across the seemingly endless body of water. Hike up the 120 steps (80 vertical ft.) for a breathtaking picture perfect moment! It's easy to see why the overlook is also known as Inspiration Point.

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Nearby Bike Trails

In addition to on-site mountain biking, Crystal Mountain's trails also connect to the Betsie River Pathway. We recommend a handful of local trails, all within a short drive from Crystal Mountain. Enjoy the mellow Rail-Trail scenic beauty of the the Betsie Valley Trail, the advanced expert level climbs and descents of the North Country Trail, and the fast flowing technical trails of Arcadia Dunes.


Local Hiking Trails

Some of our favorite, off-property hiking trails are located just a short drive from Crystal Mountain and are protected, owned and managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Here are some of our favorites:

•  Misty Acres: The Borwell Preserve  - 4 miles from Crystal Mountain.  Map to Trailhead »
•  Arcadia Dunes: Pete's Woods Trail - 9 miles from Crystal Mountain.  Map to Trailhead »
•  Arcadia Dunes: Dryhill Trails - 12.5 miles from Crystal Mountain.  Map to Trailhead »
•  Arcadia Dunes: Baldy Trails - 13 miles from Crystal Mountain.  Map to Trailhead »
•  Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve  - 14.7 miles from Crystal Mountain.  Map to Trailhead »
•  Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve - 15 miles from Crystal Mountain.  Map to Trailhead »
•  Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve - 16 miles from Crystal Mountain.  Map to Trailhead »


nearby Rivers

Northern Michigan can be best explored by canoe, kayak or tube! 

•  Platte River - Perfect for your mellow canoe, kayak or tubing trip and a great spot for families. Located 18 miles from Crystal Mountain. We recommend booking through Honor Trading Post.

•  Betsie River - Swift but steady, the Betsie River is geared for experienced canoe and kayak paddlers. Located 1 mile from Crystal Mountain. We recommend booking with Betsie River Canoes and Campground.

•  Big Manistee River - This wide and smooth flowing river is great for both beginners and experienced adventurers. Located 20 miles from Crystal Mountain. 


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