THE GREAT WATERS IS NOT ONLY A SUMMER PLAYGROUND, IT IS A VERITABLE WINTER WONDERLAND.
One of the most exciting ways to experience this snowy paradise is by cross-country skiing. Glide through the incredible woodlands and lakeshores on a pair of skis. You can easily spend days in our natural paradise as you gaze at the frozen splendor of Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula.
Discover a winter land reminiscent of a Currier and Ives print. You forgot, or never knew, that places like this still existed. Ski through many of the same trails you hiked in summer. As the snow falls through perfect, uncut evergreen trees, you’ll wonder what ever made us build those skyscrapers and parking decks.
Experience a true “Up-North” winter, if only for a while. Stand in awe of our frozen waters, travel soundlessly amongst our abundant wildlife, and feel one with nature. Take time to breathe, unwind, and simply enjoy the peace in which you find yourself surrounded.
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Algonquin Cross Country Ski Trail
Canada Lake Ski Pathway
Clark Lake Ski Trail - Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Giant Pines Loop
3.8 miles: This loop offers hikers the sights and sounds of ancient hemlocks, bubbling streams, and the occasional active woodpecker. The highlights of the trail are two giant white pine trees left over from the late 1800's logging era. In the winter, this trail is groomed for skiing
Indian Lake Pathway
Hikers and bikers can enjoy miles of paved and unpaved trails on this beautiful island. Bike rentals are available for a small fee, or you can elect to bring your own along with you on the ferry ride. Mackinac Island is also open for skiing in the wintertime. Limited Ferry service is
McNearney Ski Trail
Munising Ski Trail
Nature Trail - Tahquamenon Falls State Park
.5 miles: Carpeted with ferns during the summer months, this trail offers hikers an alternative route on their journey from the Upper Tahquamenon Falls to the parking lot. Birding enthusiasts have reported many sightings on this trail during the spring. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. In
Peek-A-Boo Ski Trail
Pine Bowl Pathway
Rudyard School Farm Trail
Sand Dunes Trail
7 loops ranging from 1.5 to 7.6 miles: Located 11 miles west of St. Ignace. Turn north from US-2 onto Brevoort Lake Road and drive .4 miles north to the trailhead on the west side of the road. This trail is quite popular in the winter. Ascend across the slopes of a hardwood forest and
Schoolcraft County Environmental Laboratory
School Forest Ski Trail
St. Martin Trail
Two loops totaling 4.5 miles: Located 6 miles west of Hessel on M-134. Features 40% moderate and 60% flat terrain and is rated easy. Eagles, hawks, and deer have been spotted along the trail. The trail is not maintained during the summer, which may make locating the trail difficult. The
Valley Spur Ski Trail
Wilderness Loop - Tahquamenon Falls State Park
7.4 miles: Travelers are led through the most remote areas of the park among old hemlock forests and peatland areas. The trail features a beaver pond and dam on the loop's eastern portion. As ferns grow taller in mid-summer, the trail becomes increasingly difficult to follow. It is recommended