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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 - 26 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

Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, Frankfort's immaculate beaches, sand dunes, and sunsets separate this coastal town from others. Browse local shops and galleries in their charming downtown for your perfect vacation souvenir. Directions from Crystal Mountain » 

Point Betsie LighthousePoint Betsie Lighthouse - in frankfort, mi

Built in 1857-1858, the Point Betsie Lighthouse has served Lake Michigan mariners for over 150 years.  Now, the lighthouse is enjoyed by rock hounds, photographers, and sunset-watchers alike. For more information visit

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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”. 

INSPIRATION POINT - 20 miles from crystal mountain

Arcadia Overlook

Pulling into the Overlook’s scenic turnout just south 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! 
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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. See our picks below:

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


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