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Copper Falls State Park

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges and spectacular waterfalls make this one of the state’s most scenic parks. Log buildings from the 1930s CCC era add a special charm. The call of the loon, the forest primeval, the timeless character of cascading waterfalls; these and more await the visitor to Copper Falls State Park. There are also three terrific mountain bike trails to ride. Take-on some hills or enjoy an easy roll. The Takesin is a single-track trail with glimpses of the Bad River through the tall pines. Be sure to check out the view of the 80 foot-deep gorge at the scenic overlook. The Vahtera Trail rolls through a beautiful forest of birch and maple. The North Country National Scenic Trail skirts Loon Lake and crosses the marshland and woods to Mellen. Pets are welcome in Wisconsin State Parks but must be on a leash and under control at all times.

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Copper Falls

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Copper Peak

Welcome to Copper Peak, the only ski flying hill outside of Europe. Located near Ironwood in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, Copper Peak is the world’s smallest ski flying hill homologated by the International Ski Federation (FIS). While Copper Peak’s Adventure Ride continues to draw in thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the views from the top of this unique attraction, plans are in the works to renovate and improve Copper Peak in order to host year-round ski flying events and training.

Our mission is to re-establish Copper Peak as the western hemisphere’s biggest active ski jump and host Summer Grand Prix competitions that will showcase Northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as a global outdoor recreation destination.

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Presque Isle River

This hike combines the East and West River Trails for a scenic hike along the Presque Isle River, which runs through the Porcupine Mountains State Park. The river has strong currents and sections of rapids, as well as three main waterfalls, Nawadaha Falls, Manido Falls, and Manabezho Falls, which measures 25 feet high.

Your hike will include sections of boardwalk, forested trail, and a suspension bridge. Soon after leaving the parking lot, you will cross over the suspension bridge to follow East River Trail. After passing Nawadaha Falls, the third waterfall, you will reach another bridge that links you to West River Trail. Follow West River Trail back to the parking lot.

Whitewater- For updates and levels running check: https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/state-summary/state/MI/

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Lake Gogebic

Lake Gogebic, Michigan’s largest inland lake, lies at the far western end of the Upper Peninsula. With abundant opportunities for fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, and winter sports, Lake Gogebic is a four-season vacation gem that – for all its attractions – retains the peaceful atmosphere of a small Northwoods community, untroubled by traffic and crowds.

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Sylvania Wilderness

The Sylvania Wilderness and Sylvania Recreation Area, is located near Watersmeet, Michigan and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Combined with the adjacent Recreation Area, this 18,327 acre wilderness offers an outstanding experience for those who want to camp, fish, hike, canoe, ski, or enjoy the solitude of a wilderness experience. Few Wilderness compare to Sylvania. Here you will find 34 named lakes – some with sandy beaches, others surrounded by record-sized red and white pines. This large natural area with its old growth forest and pristine lakes provides habitat for a wide range of living things.

For rentals and tours visit http://www.sylvaniaoutfitters.com/

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Big Powderhorn Moutain Bike Trails

See amazing views from the top as you climb Powderhorn ski hill. the trails then take you into the Wolverine bike trails, and then a fun and flowy decent. start at the main lodge or within the wolverine trails.

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Porcupine Mountains State Park

Pristine woods. Outstanding recreational opportunities.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is 15 miles west of Ontonagon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The park’s 60,000 acres are one of the few remaining large wilderness areas in the Midwest. Towering virgin timber, secluded lakes, and miles of wild rivers and streams make a visit to the “Porkies” a trip to remember.

The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park was established in 1945 by Michigan’s Legislature. Since then, many changes have taken place in the way we live; however, the Porcupine Mountains are almost unchanged. The remote interior with its towering pine and hemlock seems to defy time. The solitude of the park is mysterious and exciting.

For information on waterfalls in the area, download the “Find Your North Waterfall Guide“.

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Wolverine Nordic Ski, Bike and Hiking Trails

Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails in Ironwood offers 24K of ski trails including several loops for classic striding and skate skiing. There are 14K of marked snowshoe trails and 7K of snow bike trails. Lake Effect snow provides the area with snow that tends to arrive earlier, pile deeper, and last longer than anywhere else in the midwest. The rolling terrain offers trails for all levels of skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking hiking, and trail running.

Download Mountain Bike Trail Map. Download Nordic Ski Trail Map. Download Snowshoe Trail Map.

Ski and snowshoe trails can be accessed at the chalet trailhead at 5851 Sunset Road. There is also a trailhead behind Apsirus Ironwood Hospital. The Summit Road trailhead provides access to snow bike trails as well as ski and snowshoe trails. (more…)

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Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail

Jump on the longest designated state trail in the nation as you hike or bike your way between Belle Isle Park in Detroit and Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula. Explore pristine forests, pass cool rivers and visit charming towns, and find out why Michigan is known as “The Trails State.” The 1,273-mile hiking route (69% complete) incorporates a large portion of the existing North Country National Scenic Trail. It traverses the west side of the Lower Peninsula and borders Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula. The 791-mile bicycle route (64% complete) utilizes existing multi-use trails and follows US-2, a designated national bicycling route in the Upper Peninsula. Our local portion of the trail runs from the Depot park, into Hurley WI, and continuing to Bessemer with expansion to Wakefield MI in the near future.

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North Country Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier footpath that stretches for about 4,600 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states from New York to North Dakota. Already, more than 1,700 miles have been certified off-road. Additional miles follow shared paths, and some road walks yet remain . When completed it will be the longest off-road hiking trail in the United States. This Trailhead starts near the famous Copper Peak ski flying jump, follows along the scenic Black River and waterfalls down to Black River Harbor and continuing to the Porcupine Mountains.

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Cemetery Riverside Trails

Starting at either the Pure Michigan Welcome Center or Riverside Cemetery, this trail offers a short one mile hike through the Riverside Cemetery and along the Montreal River. Or 3 loops of biking trails.

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Mt Zion Scienic Overlook Trails

Skiing, Mountain Biking, Scenic Overlook, Frisbee Golf Mt. Zion is Located on the campus of Gogebic Community College and owned and operated by the college. Open to the public, the Mt. Zion complex also serves as a laboratory for the college’s nationally recognized Ski Area Management Program. Mt. Zion is well-known for very reasonable ski rates, numerous “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Programs” for children, and our very own, snow-tubing park. Enjoy beautiful vistas, mountain biking, and Frisbee golf in the summer.

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Norrie Park

Built as one of the areas Civilian Conservation Corps camps, during the Great Depression, Norrie Park is today a treasured activity destination with hiking and biking trails, disc golf, Ironwood community gardens, a Montreal river walk, playground, pavilion, and picnic tables and grills.

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Bald Moutain

About a 2 mile hike in and out. It is also an atv road.

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Wolf Mountain

Wolf Mountain is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wakefield, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and amazing views. This trail is uphill in, and downhill out. Rated moderate to difficult.

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Bluff Valley Park

Bluffs overlooking Bessemer and the Western U.P.  See Copper Peak or take in the breathtaking Northern Lights on a clear day.  There are no marked trails, but there are trails for hiking and climbing the bluff.

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Miners Memorial Heritage Park-MMHP

Miners Memorial Heritage Park- MMPH encompasses the former iron ore mining locations within the City of Ironwood. The discovery of these mines resulted in the establishment of the City of Ironwood in the latter part of the 19th century. The last iron ore mine in the City of Ironwood closed in 1966.

Non-motorized trails can be used for activities including hiking, biking (a brand new state of the art trail system coming soon), running, walking, snowshoeing, and cross county skiing, while providing safe corridors between many locations within the City of Ironwood and the opportunity for regional trail connections. Miners Memorial Heritage Park will provide a unique attraction for residents and tourists alike!

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