There are more than 200 miles of routes and trails that take you deep into the heart of Iron County! For the ATV enthusiast, Iron County hosts the largest ATV trail system in Wisconsin! Also explore the beauty of the Ottawa National Forest with approximately one million acres of land in the Western end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula! Enjoy the forest experience and ride some trails! Head across U.S Hwy 2 for the start of the trails.
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Trail permits can be bought online or at one of the local businesses. Trail maps can be found online or you can pick one up at the BPLA office.
- Bessemer Bluff: The Bessemer Valley Park features a large playground, skate park, bike pump track, and walking trails. The park also offers a nice hike to the bluff which overlooks Bessemer and the Western U.P., on a clear day enjoy seeing Copper Peak. Bessemer, MI
- Wolverine Trails: The Wolverine Trails features several loops for silent sports. These trails are used to promote nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking and lifelong physical fitness on the Gogebic Range of the Western Upper Peninsula. The Summit Road trailhead is in the Powderhorn Village and a short drive or walk away from your vacation home!
- Miners Memorial Park: The Miners Memorial Heritage Park is a group of trails used for silent sport activities. While hiking these trails you can enjoy the fun interactive & interpretive signs that show the history of the miners. Ironwood, MI
- Cemetery Riverside Trails: Starting at either the Pure Michigan Welcome Center or Riverside Cemetery, this trail offers 3 loops of hiking and biking trails through the Riverside Cemetery and along the Montreal River. Wear your hiking shoes (or mud boots in the Spring). Hike along the Montreal river through the cemetery and continue South on Hemlock Street to connect to Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail, and ultimately to Downtown Ironwood. Ironwood, MI
- Iron Belle Trail: The Iron Belle trail is the longest designated state trail in the nation! Enjoy walking or biking on this beautiful trail with overlooks of rivers and bluffs, railroad bridges and historical sites. Start in Bessemer, Ramsay Park or the Ironwood Depot in Downtown Ironwood.
- Bald Mountain Trail: Take a relaxed walk to the scenic overlook of the Gogebic-Penokee Range on the 0.8 mile interpretive trail.
- Split Rock Trails: Hike, bike, or snowshoe the historic Flink Location iron ore mine. The Split Rick Trails offer a beautiful forest tour, which includes stunning scenic overlooks, various rock formations & remnants of a once thriving U.P mining town. Wakefield, MI
- Sunday Lake Boardwalk: A 1.1 mile lighted board walk wraps around Sunday Lake in downtown Wakefield. While you’re there enjoy playing at Eddy Park, swimming at the beach and more! Wakefield, MI
- Wolf Mountain: Wolf Mountain is the highest peak in Gogebic County. Once you reach the top you will get a complete 180 degreeview of Gogebic County. Wakefield, MI
- Alligator Eye: Hike about a half mile to a gorgeous overlook of Lake Gogebic. Marenisco Township, MI
- Montreal Miner’s Bell: Nestled high above the City of Montreal, this whistle was used in the mining days to signal shift changes to the miners. AVOID THIS LOCATION AT NOON AND 9PM DAILY, as this whistle sounds during that time and is LOUD! This is a beautiful area to stargaze and watch the northern lights. You can even see the Gile Flowage, Copper Peak and Lake Superior from there! This destination is located on the Historic Montreal Ski Trails. Montreal, WI
- Corrigans Lookout: A short hike will lead you to a gorgeous overlook of Upson Lake. Upson, WI
- North Country Trail: The North Country National Scenic Trail stretches for about 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota. This trail passes through the Gogebic County Forest, Ottawa National Forest, & the Porcupine Mountains. One hike on the North Country Trail is to Rainbow Falls. Head to Black River Harbor, cross the suspension bridge & hike part of the North Country Trail to see the beautiful Rainbow Fall
- Wolverine Trail System is right down the road from the BPLA office. The Powderhorn Loop offers intermediate to advance, single and double track riding. For more trails head to the main Wolverine Trailhead off of Sunset Rd.
- The Pines & Mines Bike Trail System is located a short drive away in Iron County, Wisconsin, and in the Ottawa National Forest you can enjoy over 200 miles of back road and out in the middle of nowhere trail riding.
- Copper Peak offers a great cross country mountain bike experience to those of all abilities. The ride is not a “technical” trail system, but it is made fun, challenging, and exciting by 600 feet of elevation gain over the 5.5-mile trail system.
Click here for a full list of mountain biking trails in the area courtesy of the SISU Dirt Crew!
Check out this video of the Mountain Biking Skills Course at Big Powderhorn Mountain (located across the street from the BPLA Lodging Office)