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Map of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail

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Iron Ore Heritage Trail

Iron Ore Regional Trail Michigan map area

Iron Ore Heritage Trail

LENGTH:

47 miles

SURFACE:

paved / unpaved

COMMUNITIES:

Humboldt, South Greenwood, Ishpeming, Neguanee, Eagle Mills, Marquette

HIGHLIGHTS:

Upper Peninsula forests & natural areas, rural communities

NEARBY TRAILS:

Republic/Champion Grade Trail

Marquette City Multi-Use Path

RELATED LINKS:

Marquette

Regional Trails

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile long pathway with 35 miles that are surfaced with asphalt or crushed stone that is located on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The route of the improved trail spans between Humboldt and Marquette. The trail travels through the thickly forested natural areas and wetlands of the Upper Peninsula and connects the rural communities with a stretch along shores of Marquette Bay. The route is very remote and there is a good chance of observing wildlife.

Much of the route follows the historic railroad corridor used by rail cars carrying iron ore.

Conditions

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail has a surface of asphalt, crushed granite or limestone. The trail is open for cycling, hiking, horseback riding and all terrain vehicles (outside of Marquette). In winter months the trail is open for skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiles.

The portion of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail located within the Marquette area is paved. West of Route 492 and south of the Michigan Welcome Center on Highway 41 the trail has an improved surface of crushed stone.

Warning: Trail users may encounter motorized recreational vehicles.

Communities

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail goes past the following communities: Humboldt, South Greenwood, Ishpeming, Neguanee, Eagle Mills and Marquette.

Points of Interest

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Marquette Harbor
Founders Landing Boardwalk
Lakeside Park
South Beach Park
Michigan Welcome Center
Lions Field Recreation Area
Ojibwa Casino
Nearby Trails

Marquette City Multi-Use Path: the Iron Ore Heritage Trail connects to the Marquette City Multi-Use Path system of paved pathways that wrap around the city.

Republic/Champion Grade Trail: the tow trails meet about 2 miles along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail heading north from Republic. The Republic/Champion Grade Trail is a 7.2-mile long pathway with a surface of compacted ballast. The trail heads north to the community of Champion.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Michigan.

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