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Biking

With a burgeoning copper empire in its midsts, the Keweenaw Peninsula quickly developed a rather robust and far reaching transportation network fueled primarily by the steam locomotive. Several independent railroad companies laid miles and miles of track connecting the region's vast collection of mines, mills, ports, and towns together. Several generations later as the once mighty copper empire faded away, those old railroads were abandoned and the rails removed. Today those old rail corridors continue to connect the region's communities, but are now serviced by bikers and ATV riders. These converted rail corridors provide over 50 miles of biking trails that make their way between Painesdale, Redridge, Houghton, Lake Linden, Calumet and even as far north as Delaware.

In addition to these rail trails, the Copper Country also boasts an impressive collection of rugged single tracks found within various parks and natural areas scattered across the peninsula. These biking trails come in various difficulties and offer several challenges, passing through a microcosm of Keweenaw landscapes including rugged mountains, lush forests, and marshy wetlands along the way.


Churning Rapids

Hancock - The twenty miles of multi-use trails found within this sprawling natural area are predominantly single track and traverse a variety of difficult terrain that includes both rolling forest lands and muddy low lying areas. Learn More...

Copper Harbor Pathways

Copper Harbor - Exploring some of the Keweenaw's most rugged and unforgiving terrain, these dozen or so miles of trail consist of long stretches of rocky single track interspaced with several miles of old logging roads and two tracks. Learn More...

Eagle Harbor Environs

Eagle Harbor - These ten miles of narrow and sandy trails tackle the rolling dune swept hills and marshy lowlands found along Lake Superior's sprawling coastal wetlands. Learn More...

Fort Wilkins State Park

Copper Harbor - Outside the old fort's stockade run several miles of relatively roomy multi-use trails that leisurely make their way along the shores of Lake Fanny Hooe and adjacent Lake Superior. Learn More...

Houghton Waterfront Trail

Houghton - This 4.5 mile long paved biking path takes a leisurely route along the scenic shores of the Portage Canal, passing through several parks and green spaces along the way. Learn More...

Keweenaw Mountain Trails

Copper Harbor - One of the premier mountain biking trail systems in the Keweenaw, this collection of multi-use trails provides a rugged adventure through difficult but breathtaking landscape overlooking Lake Superior. Learn More...

Lake Linden Sands

Lake Linden - Wide trails and level terrain make for a leisurely ride along this 2.5 mile long trek across the sprawling reclaimed stamp sands along Torch Lake. Learn More...

McLain State Park

Hancock - Lake Superior views and a rolling terrain comprise the majority of these single-track trails making their way through McLain State Park, but a few sections of paved paths provide opportunities for a more leisurely ride. Learn More...

Nara Nature Park

Houghton - While a mile of these multi-use trails meander across a wide boardwalk overlooking the river, the short looping paths to the south tackle a more difficult rolling terrain through a hardwood forest. Learn More...

Keweenaw Central Rail Trail

While rather ruff and rugged in spots, this former railroad grade makes its way through some of the Keweenaw's most scenic landscape as it runs for over 30 miles along the Cliff Range, through the Eagle River valley, and past several old mining lands found along the way. Learn More...

Mineral Range Rail Trail

Running along the former right of way of the Mineral Range Railroad, this 17 mile stretch of multi-use trail cuts its way through sweeping wetlands and sprawling forests on its way from Hancock to Calumet. Learn More...

Copper Range Rail Trail

This former railroad grade turned multi-use trail runs for over 20 miles through old mining towns and abandoned mine sites as it makes its way from Painesdale to Calumet, passing through several deep cuts and across an old railroad trestle along the way. Learn More...