Hiking Trails

Area Trails

  • Indian Lake State Park
    Indian Lake State Park

    Hiking / X-Country Skiing5 miles W of ManistiqueTrail Distance - 2 Miles

    Indian Lake State Park is located on Indian Lake, the fourth largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula with an area of 8,400 acres. It is six miles long and three miles wide.

  • Indian Lake Pathway
    Indian Lake Pathway

    Hiking / X-Country Skiing / Biking9 miles NW of Thompson via M-1493 Trail Loops - 1 Mile, 3 Miles, 4.5 Miles

    The 8.5-mile Indian Lake Pathway is located in the Lake Superior State Forest and consists of three loops. The trail winds through flat and rolling terrain and a variety of woodlands, including hardwoods, hemlock and pines. The trail can be wet during certain times of the year. The trailhead is located off M-149 between Palms Book State Park and County Road 442.

  • Fox River Pathway
    Fox River Pathway

    Hiking / Biking5 Miles NW of SeneyTrail Distance - 27.5 Miles

    The Fox River Pathway is a 27.5 mile, point-to-point trail near the Fox River in the Upper Peninsula. Author Ernest Hemingway based his "Big Two Hearted River" on his exploration along this river, which provides excellent trout fishing, as Hemingway describes in his writing. The river was designated a “Wild and Scenic” river in 1988 and hiking this pathway will show you many scenic, natural and historic aspects of the Fox River area. The trail begins five miles north of Seney on County Road 450, near Senery Township Park. The trail leads to Kingston Lake State Forest Campground, just four miles from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The trail is typically a more rigorous hike, so hikers should be prepared for a lot of changing terrain and a relatively difficult journey.

  • Gemini Lake Pathway
    Gemini Lake Pathway

    Hiking / BikingLake Superior State Forest - 12 Miles NE of Melstrand at South Gemini Lake State Forest CampgroundTrail Distance - 1.5 Miles

    The Gemini Lake Pathway is a part of the South Gemini Lake State Forest Campground located in the Hiawatha National Forest in the Upper Peninsula. This short, 1.5-mile pathway is enjoyed by hikers from spring to fall. Visitors will wind through the towering trees of the Hiawatha National Forest and catch a glimpse of the picturesque Gemini Lake.

  • Environmental Lab
    Environmental Education Laboratory

    Hiking / Snowshoeing6 Miles NE of Manistique7 Trail Loops - 1.79 Total Miles

    The Environmental Education Laboratory is a system of trails located on 80 acres of wooded township land, a couple of miles east of the town of Manistique. The purpose of the Lab is to provide hiking, nature appreciation and environmental education opportunities for the general public and local schools.

  • Colwell Lake
    Colwell Lake Hiking Trail

    Hiking / X-Country Skiing / Snowshoeing30 Miles N of ManistiqueTrail Distance - 2 Miles

    This 2 mile long loop trail meanders along the edge of Colwell Lake and is surfaced to be fully accessible to people with mobility impairments. The trail is particularly stunning in the fall, and also is popular in the winter as a snowshoe trail.

  • Pine Marten Run
    Pine Marten Run Trail

    Hiking / Horseback RidingHiawatha National Forest - 30 Miles NW of ManistiqueTrail Distance - 26 Miles

    Pine Marten Run is a 26 mile system of hiking and horseback riding trails located in the Ironjaw Semiprivate Area approximately 30 miles northwest of Manistique in Schoolcraft County, Michigan.

  • Ashford Lake Pathway
    Ashford Lake Pathway

    Hiking / X-Country Skiing16 Miles North of Manistique on M-943 Trail Loops - 3 Miles, 6 Miles, 9 Miles

    Ashford Lake Pathway is known more for its cross country skiing than its summer and fall hiking. That’s ok because that means its another secret that only a few know about.

Interpretive Trails

  • US Forest Service
    Au Train Song Bird Trail

    AuTrain CampgroundTrail Distance - 2 Miles

    Since it opened in 1989, the Au Train Songbird Trail has offered a new way to learn bird identification. There are all sorts of guide books out there for telling one bird from another, but this unique audio guided interpretive trail allows you to learn birds by their song.

  • US Forest Service
    Bay Furnace Historic Site

    Bay Furnace Campground - 1 Mile W of ChristmasTrail Distance - 1/8 Mile

    This very short, accessible trail encircles the stabilized ruin of an 1870 blast furnace where iron was made until 1877. One of the last remaining structures of its kind in the U.P., it is also a good place to view Lake Superior and Grand Island. Interpretive signs show how the furnace operated and explain its unique history, including its construction, damage by fire, and partial preservation.

  • US Forest Service
    Maywood History Trail

    E of Rapid RiverTrail Distance - .9 Miles

    This hard-packed, easily accessible trail takes the visitor through a 200 year old hemlock forest on the shore of Little Bay de Noc. Because of its geographic setting, the area was a focal point of human activity and includes Native American sites and the foundations of an old resort hotel complex. Abundant historic photographs and oral history quotations on interpretive signs tell the Maywood story.

  • US Forest Service
    CCC Camp Round Lake

    Trail Distance - .1 Miles

    Located in a grassy clearing, interpretive panels show what the camp buildings looked like and describe everyday life there. Visible features include old foundations and the newly replaced flag pole. Photographs on the panels and quotations from CCC veterans make Camp Round Lake the Great Depression, and the C.C.C. come alive for visitors.