Hiking Trails

Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is home to dozens of nature areas, wildlife sanctuaries, and preserves protected by several conservation organizations and government entities.  These groups have protected this land so that the public can enjoy these beautiful areas for years to come.  Residents and visitors to the Keweenaw are welcome to explore these sanctuaries and preserves but please “leave only footprints, take only pictures.”  

You’ll find hiking trails along the Lake Superior shoreline and ones that lead up to high scenic overlooks showcasing the Keweenaw in a rather majestic way.  Clear your head and enjoy seeing wildflowers that grow only in this region or do some bird watching.  The backwoods of the Keweenaw is something spectacular to see especially in the fall color season.

Most hiking trails are open year round so you can even grab your snowshoes and experience the solitude of the Keweenaw in it’s winter glory.

 

 

 

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Off of the Five Mile Point Road
Ahmeek, MI 49901 US

Phone: (906) 337-0782
Region: Calumet

Gratiot River County Park, owned by Keweenaw County, encompasses 222 acres and 8.489 feet of Lake Superior shoreline, plus 1/2 mile of the Gratiot River. The park is open daily with no fee.

Allouez, MI 49913 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Calumet

This moderately difficult, 4.5 mile trail is in the heart of the Keweenaw and provides varied landscapes and 1500 feet of Lake Superior Shoreline. To get there from US-41 on the North end of Cal ...

2901 Swedetown Road
Calumet, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 337-1170
Web site: http://www.swedetowntrails.org
Region: Calumet

Swedetown offers something for everyone. From the beginner that wants to stay on the well groomed trails, to the more experienced, adventurous skier who likes to blaze their own trail through the

Conservancy Road
Central, MI 49950 US

Web site: http://www.gratiotlakeconservancy.org/
Region: Eagle Harbor

The Gratiot Lake Preserve is a 307 acre wooded parcel that includes wetlands, the outlet of the lake at the Little Gratiot River, and over 10,000 feet of shoreline varying from sand to cobblestone ...

Central, MI 49950 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Eagle Harbor

This 100-acre sanctuary offers a spectacular view of Gratiot Lake. The trail is moderately difficult with a 400 foot gradual rise in elevation. About 1.5 miles roundtrip. To get there fo ...

Brockway Mountain Drive
Copper Harbor, MI 49950 US

Region: Copper Harbor

Brockway Mountain is composed of Lake Shore Traps which are lava flows inter-twined with Copper Harbor Conglomerate. This .75 mile long trail will take you over that exposed lava and conglomerate ...

Harbor Coast Lane
Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (906) 289-4292
Web site: http://copperharbor.org/category/hunters-point/
Region: Copper Harbor

The Hunters Point Park has the North Shore Trail and the South Shore Trail that eventually come together to loop you through numerous scenic overlooks and gives you access to a half-mile of pictur ...

Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Copper Harbor

The Estivant Pines is the largest tract of old-growth Eastern White Pines preserved in Michigan. It contains hundreds of 300-500 year old white pines measuring anywhere from 3 to 5 feet in diamete ...

Brockway Mountain Drive
Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Copper Harbor

This moderately difficult trail is .75 miles long and loops around one of the most popular overlooks of Brockway Mountain Drive. The trail offers a breathtaking view of Lake Superior looking North ...

Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Copper Harbor

This sanctuary extends up the hillside from US-41 and straddles a portion of Brockway Mountain Drive. Garden brook traverses the sanctuary with its headwaters in the Klipfel Memorial Sanctuary and ...

Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Copper Harbor

The Upson Lake trailhead begins 400 feet east of where the Keweenaw Shore trail intersects with the Brockway Mountain Drive. The first part of the Upson Lake trail follows an old road to Upson Cre ...

Copper Harbor, MI 49918 US

Phone: (906) 225-0399
Web site: http://www.upmichigsn@tnc.org
Region: Copper Harbor

This moderate, flat trail is at the northernmost tip of the Keweenaw. The 1,433 acre preserve, locally known as Horseshoe Harbor, is the largest and highest quality mainland preserve for bedrock b ...

Upper Point Mills Road
Dollar Bay, MI 49922 US

Phone: (906) 482-0820
Web site: http://keweenawlandtrust.org/special-steve-farm.php
E-Mail Address: info@keweenawlandtrust.org
Region: Houghton

The 96-acre Steve Farm Nature Area at Lovell Creek is home to an extensive wetland ecosystem, numerous beaver dams, and upland forest habitats available for public enjoyment. The property is locat ...

State Hwy M-26
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 US

Web site: https://www.michigan.org/property/lake-bailey-sanctuary
Region: Eagle Harbor

The Lake Bailey Wildlife Sanctuary is a two mile round trip that passes through several different forest communities as it rises almost 200 feet in elevation to a breathtaking overlook. Make sure ...

Pine St
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 US

Phone: (906) 289-4407
Web site: http://www.eagleharbortwp.org
E-Mail Address: office@eagleharbortwp.org
Region: Eagle Harbor

The Eagle Harbor Township Conservation and Recreation Area includes Eliza Lake Preserve, Long Lake Refuge, and George Hite Dunes and Marshes. These 10 miles of trails are groomed in the winter for ...

Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Eagle Harbor

This 37 acre nature sanctuary is mostly wetlands vegetated with cedar, balsam fir, black spruce, red maple, and may different species of orchids. This fairly easy, .3 mile trail is also part of th ...

Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Eagle Harbor

The Red Pine Dunes Sanctuary is composed of red and white pines. With a 3-acre beaver pond. The two-track leading into the sanctuary makes it an e ...

M-26
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Eagle Harbor

This easy to moderate, 1.5 mile roundtrip trail is a favorite among photographers. Its 36 acres boasts a variety of plant communities as well as a spectacular array of rocks covered with colorful ...

Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 US

Phone: (906) 225-0399
Web site: http://upmichigan@tnc.org
Region: Eagle Harbor

This difficult, steady uphill climb, locally known as Mount Baldy or Lookout Mountain, offers spectacular panoramic views of lake Superior and the Keweenaw Peninsula. At the top of this trail you ...

M-26
Eagle River, MI 49950 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Eagle River

This easy, 1 mile looped trail is located in the Keweenaw's Great Sand Bay of Lake Superior. The shoreline of Great Sand Bay receives the full force of the westerly winds coming off ...

No. 9 Road
Hancock, MI 49930 US

Phone: (906) 482-0820
Web site: http://www.Keweenawlandtrust.org
E-Mail Address: info@keweenawlandtrust.org
Region: Houghton

Originally established in 1999, the Keweenaw Land Trusts Paavola Wetlands Nature Area has gone through numerous expansions and now encompasses 215 acres of wetland and upland habitat just north of ...

51875 U.S. 41
Hancock, MI 49913 US

Phone: (906) 482-0820
Web site: http://www.keweenawlandtrust.org
E-Mail Address: info@keweenawlandtrust.org
Region: Hancock

Founded in 2006, a 26-acre Boston Pond Nature Area was acquired by the Keweenaw Land Trust to create a nature area at a highly visible location along the US-41 Copper Country Trail National Sceni ...

Red Brick Road
Houghton, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-0820
Web site: http://www.Keweenawlandtrust.org
E-Mail Address: marsin@keweenawlandtrust.org
Region: Houghton

The late Mary Sinish grew up in the Keweenaw, spending summers along the Portage Waterway on her familys land. Mrs. Sinish donated 40 acres to the Keweenaw Land Trust with the intention of making ...

Franklin St
Houghton, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-0820
Web site: http://www.keweenawlandtrust.org
E-Mail Address: info@keweenawlandtrust.org
Region: Houghton

A touch of nature close to home is the result of a generous bequest from Marilyn Mason. Marilyn was inspired by the land protection, stewardship and education efforts of the Keweenaw Land Trust. U ...

Paradise Road
Houghton, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-0820
Web site: http://www.keweenawlandtrust.org
E-Mail Address: info@keweenawlandtrust.org
Region: Houghton

The Pilgrim Community Forest was established by the Keweenaw Land Trust in the fall of 2014. The 276-acre forest is just minutes from Houghton and the acquisition is part of a larger conservation ...

Golf Course Road
Hubbell, MI 49934 US

Phone: (906) 482-0820
Web site: http://www.keweenawlandtrust.org
E-Mail Address: info@keweenawlandtrust.org
Region: Lake Linden

The Keweenaw Land Trust acquired the uppermost Hungarian Falls in 2013 after a brief but very successful community fundraising campaign to keep this special place open to the public forever, rathe ...

Isle Royale, MI 49931 US

Phone: (906) 482-0984
Web site: https://www.nps.gov/isro/index.htm
E-Mail Address: ISRO-Ranger3Reserve@nps.gov

One of Americas few island national parks offers over 165 miles of hiking trails with a variety of options for trip length and difficulty. A unique wilderness experience for visitors accessible on ...

Smith Fisheries Road
Lac La Belle, MI 49950 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org
Region: Lac La Belle / Bete Grise

The sanctuary contains most of the top of the huge bluff locally known as Bare Bluff. A giant monolith that rises 588 feet above Lake Superior. This difficult, 3 mile long trail is very rugged wit ...

Painesdale, MI 49955 US

Phone: (517) 655-5655
Web site: http://www.michigannature.org

This easy, half mile trail can be wet in the spring and after heavy rain but with the boardwalk that extends through a cedar swamp it makes for a great learning experience. To get there from Houg ...

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