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Hiking

One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of the Keweenaw is by foot from along the many trails and paths meandering their way along the peninsula. The Copper Country offers a wide variety of unique and interesting terrain to explore, from the rugged pine slopes of the northern ridges to the rolling hardwood forests of the southern hills, and all the soaring bluffs and rocky overlooks in between. Mixed in for good measure are marshy lowlands, abandoned farmers fields, old mine sites, and of course the rocky and wind swept Superior shore.


Bare Bluff

Lac La Belle - Easily the Keweenaw's most rugged and difficult trail, this three mile trek ascends several hundred feet of elevation on its way to the top of Bare Bluff - a scenic outlook overlooking Bete Gris Bay and the tip of the peninsula. Learn More...

Black Creek Sanctuary

Calumet - This meandering trail runs for nearly five miles and offers a variety of landscapes to explore including fern covered dunes, sprawling hardwood forests, and deep river gorges before emerging along a remote and rock strewn Lake Superior beach. Learn More...

Churning Rapids

Hancock - Over 20 miles of multi-use trails loop their way across the rolling foothills, tumbling streams, and sprawling forests found within this 900 acre natural area along High Point bluff. Learn More...

Cliff Mine

Phoenix - This mile long round trip trail makes its way along the sprawling ruin-scape of the historic Cliff Mine, passing by several massive ruins before ending at a secluded overgrown cemetery. Learn More...

Copper Harbor Pathways

Copper Harbor - This collection of multi-use trails makes their way for over a dozen miles across the rugged hills and old mining lands overlooking Copper Harbor, blazing through some of the most unforgiving wilderness found in the Keweenaw. Learn More...

Eagle Harbor Environs

Eagle Harbor - These ten miles of multi-use trails make their way across 900 protected acres of coastal wetlands along Lake Superior, traversing sprawling red-pine forests, rolling dunes, shallow lakes, and vast marshland along the way. Learn More...

Estivant Pines

Copper Harbor - Situated within a remote 500 acre stand of virgin forest, this 2.5 mile long trail loops its way under a natural cathedral provided by the soaring heights of ancient old-growth white pines. Learn More...

Fort Wilkins

Copper Harbor - These multi-use trails trace the shorelines of both Lake Fanny Hooe and Lake Superior as they tour the campgrounds and day-use areas of Fort Wilkin's State Park. Learn More...

Gardener's Creek

Calumet - Anchored by an old Boy Scout Camp and embellished with several rustic bridges, this looping trail system explores the cedar swamps and hardwood woods bordering Gardener's Creek outside of Calumet Waterworks park. Learn More...

Gratiot Lake Overlook

Central - While only three-quarters of a mile in length, this narrow and rugged trail is one of the region's most strenuous thanks to a laborious climb of several hundred feet to the top of a scenic outlook overlooking the vast waters of Gratiot Lake. Learn More...

Houghton School Forest

Houghton - This duo of looping paths features one of the region's only barrier free trails, featuring a continuous wheelchair accessible boardwalk and an interesting collection of interpretive displays scattered along the route. Learn More...

Hungarian Falls

Tamarack City - Showcasing some of the area's most rugged and scenic landscapes, this series of non-formal trails tours the collection of waterfalls, rocky precipices, and old dams which characterize the Hungarian Creek's rough and tumble journey across the Keweenaw Fault. Learn More...

Hunter's Point

Copper Harbor - A mile's worth of cumbersome trails pass by agate beaches and rocky coves on their way to the tip of this narrow finger of land jutting into Lake Superior and forming Copper Harbor's northern shore. Learn More...

Keweenaw Mountain Trails

Copper Harbor - Originally constructed as part of a Depression era works project, this collection of multi-use trails skirt across the mountainous terrain surrounding the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. Learn More...

Keweenaw Shore Preserve

Eagle Harbor - Contrary to its name, this short .75 mile long trail stays clear of the Lake Superior shore, and instead travels inland up the slopes of Brockway Mountain through cedar swamps and hardwood/conifer forests. Learn More...

Lake Bailey Sanctuary

Lake Bailey Sanctuary

Eagle Harbor - This two mile long trail makes its way through a moss covered cedar swamp before making an extreme 400 foot climb to a rugged mountainous overlook. Learn More...

Lake Linden Sands

Lake Linden - This wide and leisurely trail runs along the shores of Torch Lake for over 2.5 miles atop a sprawling man-made peninsula built from old mine tailings - recently rehabilitated into a lush public green space. Learn More...

Marsin Preserve

Houghton - Three quarters of a mile in length, this short and gentle trail makes its way along a grassy field and through a small cedar forest located within a 56 acre nature preserve. Learn More...

McLain State Park

Hancock - Located within a vast 440 acre state park, this four mile long trail traverses along the marshy shores of Bear Lake and across rolling pine covered dunes before rising up along a high bluff overlooking the sprawling sandy shore of Lake Superior .Learn More...

Mt. Baldy

Eagle Harbor - This long and difficult trail runs for over three miles and rises some 700 feet in elevation as it climbs to the top of Mt. Baldy - a rocky precipice that provides for sweeping panoramic views along the Lake Superior shore and across the lush forests of the peninsula. Learn More...

Nara Nature Park

Houghton - Providing several miles of trails of various lengths and difficulties, this hundred acre nature park borders the Pilgrim River as is meanders its way along forested hills and through marsh sloughs before emptying into Portage Lake. Learn More...

Paavola Wetlands

Paavola Wetlands

Five Miles Away - This 115 acre nature preserve nearly three miles of trails which traverse a marshy landscape surrounding a large beaver pond and the ruins of an adjacent homestead. Learn More...

Peepsock Trail

Peepsock Trail

Houghton - This mile long trail makes its way out over the old Isle Royale Sands, crossing over the remains of the mine's old coal dock in the process along a 200 foot long boardwalk. Learn More...

Redwyn's Dunes

Eagle River - This picturesque mile lone trail runs a roller coaster route across the rolling dunes of Great Sand Bay, passing through vast red pine forests and along intermittent ponds before stopping by the rock strewn Lake Superior shore. Learn More...

Swedetown Ponds

Calumet - Making its way along the shore of this small man-made pond is a short half-mile long loop trail sprinkled with a few fishing piers and picnic areas. Learn More...

Terrace Park

Hancock - An unexpected find within such a built up neighborhood, this short quarter mile trail makes a surprisingly steep trek up and around the rugged hillside along this quaint park's northern boundaries. Learn More...

Upson Lake Sanctuary

Copper Harbor - A leisurely mile long trail makes its way along this north-woods bordered lake, crossing a large beaver dam in the process. Learn More...