Where to Hike in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

For those looking to get away from it all, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an ideal destination.

No matter where you are in the U.P., natural beauty and undisturbed wilderness are never far away. To really explore everything this area of the state has to offer, lace up your boots and take a hike on one of these amazing trails.

  • Houghton Waterfront Trail: This mostly paved trail offers spectacular views of a series of waterfront parks and connects to several miles of nature trails to explore.


  • Iron Ore Heritage Trail: Explore 47 miles of scenic, wooded, multi-use trail crossing the Marquette Iron Range.  



  • Mackinac Island Perimeter Loop: Walk the eight-mile perimeter of the island for great views of the Mackinac Bridge, scenic stops at Arch Rock and a British Landing site, as well as Native American history markers. Photo credit: Lisa Hall-Wilson


  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Whether you’re looking for a short walk, 10-mile hike or something in between, this national lakeshore provides stunning backdrops, including waterfalls and lighthouses, for a perfect day hike. Photo credit: Rachel Kramer



  • Tahquamenon River Trail: Hike the four miles between the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls for phenomenal views of one of Michigan’s most iconic natural landmarks. A quarter-mile trail from the parking lot and Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub to the Upper Falls is fully accessible for everyone to enjoy. Photo credit: Dawn Endico

Photo credit (featured image): Dawn Endico

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