WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU'LL FIND . . .
What’s life without a little exploration? Sometimes you need to get out of your car, off the road and into the forest, because you never know just what you’ll discover.
There’s a reason why hiking in The Great Waters is so special. We have some of the most distinctive geography in North America. Our trails lead you through national forests, along rugged cliffs, down long sandy beaches and under the bluest, broadest sky you’ve ever known. Have you ever seen a bald eagle take wing? Keep your eyes open and you just might.
Whether you’re looking for a morning stroll or a 300-mile trek, The Great Waters is calling. We offer a variety of terrains and a wide range of difficulty levels. From the weekend birder to the outdoors adventurer, The Great Waters has a trail that’s right for you. All it takes to get started is one click on our interactive map.
There’s something wonderful out there, waiting for you. Find it on the trails of The Great Waters.
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Bay de Noc-Grand Island Trail
The 40-mile trail overlooks the Whitefish River basin from a ridge running from Rapid River to Munising. Trail follows the ancient portage route of Chippewa Indians from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior. The Bay de Noc-to-Grand Island Trail begins from a point 2 1/2 miles east of the
Big Island Lake Wilderness Area
There are 23 small lakes within the area ranging in size from 5 to 149 acres. The lakes are close enough to each other for canoe portaging and are currently linked by marked portage trails. White Birch, Maple, Beech and Quaking Aspen all cover the upland of the area while Hemlock Spruce
Bruno's Run Trail - Hiawatha National Forest
Bruno’s Run Trail offers a 9 mile (14.48 km) loop ideal for hiking and mountain biking in spring, summer and fall and snow shoeing in the winter. Although the trail is not groomed in winter for cross-country skiing, experienced skiers are able to break their own way. The trail passes