5 Michigan Trails with a Twist

The experience many hikers, bicyclists and afternoon strollers seek is simply being on the trail and enjoying their companions and surroundings. There are plenty of others, though, whose time on the trail is best topped off with a special reward—a unique experience, a breathtaking view, an intriguing discovery and Michigan trails can provide that. Nationally known as...

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10 great fall foliage hikes in Michigan

A myriad of Michigan hiking trails offer at least one of the following — eye-popping Great Lakes beach views, scenic overlooks that stretch for miles, picturesque rumbling creeks, powerfully flowing rivers, a canopy of majestic hardwoods, a peaceful thicket of pines or wide array of wildlife. Come autumn, of course, the state’s pathways add their finest feature,...

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Celebrate Michigan Trails Week with a ‘Hike Between Da Falls’

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is celebrating Michigan Trails Week with its annual 5-mile hike Sept. 24, 2016 along the Tahquamenon River, between the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls in Luce and Chippewa counties. “This spectacular hike is a very popular event at Tahquamenon Falls State Park,” said Theresa Neal, park interpreter. “It allows us to showcase not only the...

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Beaver dams can last centuries, 1868 map shows

Beavers aren’t just busy — they’re swamped. But while building and maintaining a marsh can take time, it’s apparently worth the investment. The rodents’ ecosystem-shaping homes have long been known for their durability, and a recent study offers unique evidence that individual beaver dams can persist for centuries. That evidence comes via an 1868...

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Stunning views along the Iron Belle Trail

Within the deep emerald twilight of the north woods, as the smell of pine and moss gives way to the lake-crisp air and the windblown expanse of Lake Superior washing up against the sandstone cliffs and rocky beaches, it’s easy to forget all of the stresses of civilization. On the North Country Trail — the longest and one of the wildest trails in the U.S. — you can....

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Dreaming big: A walking trail spanning Michigan’s vast coastline

Michigan’s recreational trails offer jaw-dropping glimpses of the Great Lakes stretching out against the horizon. They feature cliffs that look like they were squirted with giant tubes of fingerpaint. And miles of soft sand to trudge ‒ a scenic way to tighten the glutes. Wander off the public parks and more breath-taking vistas await (as well as the occasional...

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Hiking, biking route from Belle Isle to Upper Peninsula named Iron Belle trail

A new hiking and bicycling trail stretching hundreds of miles through Michigan will officially be called Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail, officials have announced. The trail will run from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula along the border with Wisconsin. Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh said in a...

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National Scenic Trails Added to Revised Michigan Topo Maps

Newly released US Topo maps for Michigan now feature segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Several of the 1,290 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the Trail along with other improved data layers. “USGS maps are excellent planning and navigation tools for hikers and other trail users” said Mark Weaver, Superintendent of the...

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Michigan’s Lakeshore Trail a dream destination for hikers, backpackers – but beware bugs

Among early mariners of Lake Superior’s frigid, storm-prone waters, few places were as feared as Point Au Sable. There, from a picturesque bluff topped by an 19th century lighthouse, a series of sandstone reefs reach out beneath the dark blue surface for up to a mile, poised to rip the hulls from ships driven off course by fog or storm. Long after satellites...

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Lost Lake Nature Preserve group hiking event set for April 27 in Grand Blanc Township

A spring hiking event on the 538-acre Lost Lake Nature Preserve in Holly and Grand Blanc, MI townships is planned for April 27. As part of the 1.25-mile hike, hosted by Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy and Six Rivers Land Conservancy, participants will get a chance to explore part of the property and look for wildflowers. There will be pre-walk refreshments starting...

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Ice caves no longer a secret to Upper Peninsula hikers

The Eben Ice Caves used to be a “little known secret”. It is no longer a secret, hundreds of people were hiking to and from the caves on a one-mile long, snow and ice packed trail. Officially known by the Hiawatha National Forest as the Rock River Canyon Ice Caves, it is known by the locals as the Eben Ice Caves as they are near the little burb of Eben, west of Chatham...

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‘Hike the Hiawatha’ and ‘Stomp the Park’ Jan. 18

Join the Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore chapter of the North Country Trail Association for “Hike the Hiawatha” & “Stomp the Park” on Saturday, January 18 to explore the picturesque Michigan Eastern Upper Peninsula outdoors. “Hike the Hiawatha — with Hiawatha” begins at 10 a.m. at the Brevort Lake Road trailhead of the North Country...

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Winter Trails Day — ‘Stomp and Ski’ at Soldier Lake, Mich. Jan. 11

Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore chapter of the North Country Trail Association is celebrating National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 11 with a “Stomp and Ski at Soldier Lake.” Everyone is welcome to join in the adventure enjoying winter in the north woods. The scenic terrain in this section of the Hiawatha National Forest is easy to ski or snowshoe. Dress in layers,...

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Growing a Tree Army: Historic Photos of Michigan’s USFS Nurseries

A significant amount of Michigan’s public forests today owe their existence to the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. Known as “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” CCC enrollees played a crucial role in reforestation efforts throughout the country during the Great Depression, and nowhere was the impact of their work more significant than in Michigan. Between...

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Local group wants Marquette to be named a Trail Town

North Country Trail Hikers wants people to know at least one thing about Marquette, MI: A trail runs through it. NCTH, the first chartered chapter of the North Country Trail Association, wants Marquette to receive Trail Town designation. Being named a Trail Town creates a relationship between the town and its community, trail and the NCTA. The North Country National...

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Trail towns: Communities adopting the North Country Trail

Saturday was National Trails Day, a celebration enjoyed by people all across the country. Hikers took to their favorite trails, venturing out with friends, family and organized groups. In Michigan, of course, there is reason to celebrate trails every day. Local and state governments and non-profit groups do a terrific job developing them. But one trail stands out as...

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Michigan woman hikes shorelines of all 5 Great Lakes

First, she walked 1,019 miles around Lake Michigan. Then, she walked another 1,004 miles along the shorelines of all five Great Lakes. What does Loreen Niewenhuis have inside her that compels her to put one foot in front of the other? “I’d rather do 20 miles on soft sand than 10 miles on the side of the road,” she says. “There is something about...

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Michigan Gov. proposes 924-mile trail to show off state

A 924-mile trail stretching from Detroit’s Belle Isle to Wisconsin – connecting existing trails and meandering through the middle part of the Michigan mitten and across its Upper Peninsula – would showcase some of the state’s most breathtaking vistas to hikers, snowmobilers and countless other off-road enthusiasts, according to a proposal unveiled...

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