Motorcycle touring along Lake Superior.
One of Marquette's 77 waterfalls!
Mountain bikers on Marquette's south trails
A Kayaker plunges down Dead River Falls
Carp River Falls

Hiking and Biking

Renew your spirit, Energize your body, Explore the exhilarating trails of Marquette Country

Hiking in Marquette Michigan

Marquette Country has more hiking and biking opportunities than anywhere else in the Upper Peninsula. With thousands of miles of back roads, marked trails, logging roads, cross-country ski tracks, national and state forest trails, and paved biking paths. Enjoy a leisurely ride along the largest fresh water lake, Lake Superior. Some of the many marked trails for which maps are readily available include the Harlow Lake, Hogsback, and Sugarloaf Mountain trail systems, some of Marquette’s beautiful charms.  The Mountain is known for its stunning views of Lake Superior, cliffs, and Marquette city.   Presque Isle and the Bog Walk, Vandenboom Nature Trail, and the Elliot Donnelly and McCormick Wilderness are also nearby.

South Trails

Includes: Grom loop, Pioneer loop, Morgan Creek loop and Mount Marquette. View trails

Iron Ore Heritage Trails

Includes: Harvey to Pellet Pavilion, Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Neguanee and Jackson Miners’ Park. View trails

Presque Isle Park Trails

Includes: a trip around the park and a view of it’s beauty. View trails

Marquette Bike Path

Includes: North to Presque Isle, South to the Welcome Center and Harvey. View trails

North Trails

Includes: a trip around the park and a view of it’s beauty. View trails

Harlow Lake

Includes: a trip around the park and a view of it’s beauty. View trails

Marquette County Hike & Bike Events

Trails Festival

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June 6-8

The Marquette Trails Festival is a multi day celebration of the non-motorized trails in Marquette. It consists of multiple events, both competitive and recreational that showcases the many ways that the trails are used. Events include mountain bike racing, trail runs, scenic hikes and a trail tour. The events will be hosted on the NTN South Trails Network in the Heartwood Forestlands. Further information will be available closer to the date. For more information visit their website here.

Iron Range Roll

June 7

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The “Iron Range Roll” is a relay/run/bicycle event that celebrates the heritage and recreational culture of Marquette County – all in the name of giving back to our community’s youth through the YMCA of Marquette County’s “Reach & Rise” youth mentoring program. Along the Iron Ore Heritage Trial from downtown Ishpeming to the iconic Ore Dock in Marquette, recreational and community enthusiasts of all ages will participate in a friendly timed downhill excursion on foot, bicycle, or as part of a relay team. In its first year and beyond, the “Iron Range Roll” aims to be an all-inclusive event that promotes fun, healthy living, and giving back with participants of all ages and abilities. Interested in volunteering or joining 40 Below Young Professionals in planning the Iron Range Roll? Send us an email at more about this unique event possible for both runners and bikers of all ages visit the registration page here.

Red Earth Classic

July 26-27

RedEarthLogo1-01 The 2nd annual Red Earth Classic Mountain Bike Race in Ishpeming, MI will be held on Saturday, July 26th 2014. Come ride the amazing trail-system that has so much to offer!  The festival at Al Quaal Recreation Area will be fun for the whole family; complete with a silent auction, kids activities, The Junior Classic Bike Race, Food, music and much more!  There is also a short track sprint race on Sunday for the pro racers and a comp class.  Come ride the West-End of Marquette county this summer and see all the area has to offer. To learn more visit their website here.

Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic

August 9

The Ore to Shore race has brought bike enthusiasts to Marquette County. In the beginning 480 racers competed for glory. In 2009 over 2300 racers competed, and for 2010 the race committee expects to reach far over the 2000 registration mark. For more information visit the website here.

Upper Peninsula of Michigan Hiking Tours

For a reservation or questions please call (906) 228-5447 There is nothing more exhilarating than spending a day or ever a few days on the trails of this exciting land.

What do the experts say about Marquette?

btrails Bike Magazine           Bike Magazine 2009      Quiet Sports Top 10

For more information on Hike and Bike Trails: The Noquemanon Trail Network- We envision a community with trails leading from schools, downtown’s, and neighborhoods to each other and out into our beautiful wilderness areas. We see the network as an important asset to the health of our residents and economy. Our mission is to develop and maintain an interconnected, year round, non-motorized land and water trail network in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Noquemanon Trail Network

Discover Marquette’s Best Trails

Are you mountain biking, hiking, or trail running in Marquette, Michigan?  Marquette is a special place, blessed with natural beauty, and an active community.  Marquette’s trails are simply incredible.

The Marquette Trails app is your guide to finding and navigating the trails.  Whether you are a visitor or a local, this app is useful to all trail explorers.

An iPhone guide to Marquette’s non-motorized trails

Now Available in the App Store

Trail Range: Based in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the North Country Trail Hikers (NCTH) Chapter is responsible for developing, maintaining, protecting and promoting the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) in western Alger County beginning at Rock River Road, traveling west through Marquette County including the City of Marquette along the shore of Lake Superior, and ending in eastern Baraga County at the Long Lake outlet west of Craig Lake State Park. See our Trail Segments page for detailed information about the trail in our area, including driving directions to trail-heads and maps. North Country Trail Hikers Chapter The Iron Ore Heritage Trail will be a 48-mile, multi-use, year round trail that connects communities and IOHT-2people to the regions historic sites and human stories. Through a multitude of interpretation methods, we can share the story of the Marquette Iron Range and our 160+ years of mining ore that changed the landscape of Marquette County and the United States. Iron Ore Heritage Trail

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Bike Rentals


Lakeshore Bike Rental

505 Lakeshore Blvd
Marquette, MI 49855
(906 )228-7547

Michigamme Rentals
Michigamme Shores Campground
US 41 West, PO Box 6 P.O. Box 83
Champion, MI
(906) 339-2116

Big Bay Rentals
Big Bay Outfitters
308 Bensinger
Big Bay, MI 49808
(906) 345-9399
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