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Hiking in Keweenaw Natural Areas

Hiking in Keweenaw Natural Areas

Welcome to the Keweenaw Peninsula! We’re glad you’re here and hope you enjoy our beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity, just waiting for you to explore. Whether you're an avid hiker, a wildlife enthusiast, or simply seeking peace in nature, the Keweenaw natural areas have

something to offer. If you’re ready to get out walking and hiking in this beautiful area, read on!

Planning Your Keweenaw Natural Areas Hiking Experience

Before heading out into the wilderness, preparing adequately for your hiking adventure is the

first step to an enjoyable hike. While you never know exactly what to expect, being prepared will

go a long way! Here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the Keweenaw

natural areas:

● Get to Know Your Options: With so many beautiful trails and nature areas to explore,

you’ll want to grab a copy of "Walking Paths &Protected Areas of the Keweenaw" for more information to help you select the perfect hike.

● Check the Weather: Keep an eye on the forecast and dress accordingly. You never

know exactly what to expect and a rain jacket can save the day if the weather turns


● Protect Your Feet: Invest in a sturdy pair of hiking boots and wear high-quality hiking

socks for added comfort.

● Beware of Bugs: Be prepared to meet mosquitoes and flies, especially in late spring

and early summer. You’ll want to pack insect repellent!

● Stay on the Trails: Respect trail boundaries and avoid trespassing on private property.

Remember to leave no trace and practice responsible recreation.

Exploring Keweenaws Natural Wonders

Red Pine Dunes Sanctuary, Eagle Harbor Area

This sanctuary is one of four MNA sanctuaries located along the Great Sand Bay. Here you will

find yourself in the tranquility of a forested sanctuary, featuring gorgeous red and white pines.

Enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride along the two-track pathway and marvel at the beauty of the

3-acre beaver pond.

Redwyns Dunes, Eagle Harbor Area

Named after a character in William J. Skora's novel, these dunes include excellent views of

Great Sand Bay. Wander through red pines and aspen and admire the diverse plant life thriving

here. Keep an eye out for migrating waterfowl and songbirds among the wetlands and ponds.

This is an excellent spot for beginning and experienced birders!

Great Conglomerate Falls, Bessmer Area

The Great Conglomerate Falls are the uppermost of the five Black River Falls. Marvel at the

river splitting over a massive mound of conglomerate rock, creating a spectacular display of

natural beauty. Boardwalks and viewing platforms offer convenient vantage points for soaking in

the awe-inspiring sights.

Houghton Douglass Falls, Lake Linden Area

Get to the Houghton Douglass Falls from the directions noted here. It is more of an enjoyable

hike and you can view the falls from the bottom versus a short hike to the top of the falls to look

down. Eat thimbleberries on your way to the falls. The trail is not maintained, but that is part of

the charm. Eat your lunch on the rocks.

Bluff, Mohawk Area, Trail Route

Discover the 3.9-mile circular path located near Mohawk, Michigan. Typically rated as a medium-difficulty trail, it usually takes around 1 hour and 54 minutes to finish. This trail is favored for bird watching, hiking, and strolling, yet it can also offer a peaceful experience during less busy

hours. The optimal months to explore this trail are from July to October.

Bond Falls, Bruce’s Crossing Area

Bond Falls, a picturesque and well-liked waterfall, is located in the southern part of Ontonagon

County, not too far from Bruces Crossing. The waterfall is formed when the middle branch of

the Ontonagon River cascades over a large band of cracked rock, splitting it into several small

waterfalls. The total height of the falls is around 50 feet. There is an accessible walkway with six

viewing points, parking by the roadside, and picnic tables available.

The site is usually open for vehicles from mid-May to mid-October, depending on the weather.

The hiking trail is open all year round, but the trails and walkways are not maintained or cleared

of snow and ice.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

This is about 1.5 hours from The Lodge. If you are traveling from Minnesota/Wisconsin via

Ashland/Ironwood would be a great stop on your way to stay with us or a good day trip.

This expansive 60,000-acre area houses a 35,000-acre ancient forest, thundering waterfalls,

extensive rivers and streams, over 90 miles of trekking paths, a contemporary and traditional

campground, wilderness camping, the Lake Superior coastline, and beyond. In the winter, it

offers downhill skiing and more. Visit the MI DNR website to learn more.

Visit this website: for more waterfalls of the

Keweenaw and the Upper Peninsula. Keweenaw Waterfalls

Keweenaw Natural Areas Organization (KNA)

Dedicated to preserving and enhancing natural lands, the KNA strives to conserve scenic and natural resources for public enjoyment. With properties open to the public for quiet recreation, including hiking, biking, and skiing, KNA invites visitors to connect with nature and explore the wonders of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Enjoy Your Hiking Adventure in Keweenaw’s Natural Areas

Visiting Keweenaw natural areas promises a journey of discovery and wonder. From serene forests to cascading waterfalls, the peninsulas' wildlands beckon adventurers to explore their hidden treasures and embrace the beauty of nature. So, lace up your hiking boots, pack your sense of adventure, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the landscapes of the

Keweenaw Peninsula.

Keweenaw Natural Areas | The Lodge

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