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Things to Do at Manton Trails

Manton is surrounded by both the Pere Marquette State Forest and the Manistee National Forest. It is a quiet and scenic part of Northern Michigan that keeps visitors coming back year after year. A true example of a year-round recreation destination, Manton has plenty of things to see and do. The relatively rural area supports a charming downtown with boutique shopping and a large outdoor pavilion music stage with a surrounding park. Morel mushroom hunters flock in the springtime, while the fall season provides beautiful views. In the winter, abundant snowfall allows for quality snowmobiling and cross country skiing opportunities; neighboring downhill ski resorts are only a short drive away! Snowmobile trails criss-cross throughout the City of Manton with designated routes and the snowmobile trail just north of Manton leads all the way to the Mackinac Bridge!

Lake Billings sits within the city limits and provides fishing, swimming beaches, boating, and canoeing every summer. The Manton Pathway & Garden provides for a 1.5-mile nature walk great for bird watching and seeing other small animals. There are bridges to cross and benches staggered to stop along the way.


  • Chili Cook-Off & Pie Bake (1st Saturday in March)
  • Easter in the Park (Saturday before Easter)
  • Fish Derby (Opening Season of Trout Season)
  • Memorial Day Classic Car Show (Saturday of Memorial Weekend)
  • Manton Truck Show (3rd Weekend in July)
  • The Divide / Bike Race (Last Sunday in July)
  • Manton’s Annual Harvest Festival (4-day Event on Labor Day Weekend)
  • Classic Car, Truck & Bike Show (Labor Day)
  • Color Fall Tour (1st Weekend in October)
  • Family Fun Fest (4th Saturday in October)
  • Halloween Monster Mash (October 31st)
  • Christmas in the Park (1st Saturday in December)

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  • Cadillac Freedom Festival (July 4th)
  • North American Snow Festival (February)
  • Cadillac Lake Cruise & Car Show (2nd Weekend in June)
  • Festival of the Arts (2nd Weekend in July)


  • Greatest 4th in the North (July 4th)
  • Festival of the Pines (September)
  • Car Show & Cruise (2nd Weekend in August)


  • Annual Mushroom Festival (1st Weekend in May)


  • Buckley Old Engine Show (3rd Weekend in August)


  • National Cherry Festival (1st Week in July)
  • Traverse City Beer Week (Middle of November)
  • Wineries of Old Mission