Family biking along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, a multiuse recreation trail connecting communities in Marquette County on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Photo by Aaron Peterson.

Iron Ore Heritage Trail Bike Tour

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail traverses 47 miles across the Marquette Iron Range in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. The trail shares and celebrates the area’s rich mining history with interpretive signage, artwork and connections to museums along the way. On your journey, you’ll see many relics from a bygone era: mining shafts, forges, furnaces and other historical structures. The trail follows several former railroads, some dating back to the 1850s, built to carry the iron ore from the mines to the Lake Superior harbor: Our trip will begin in Negaunee and travel downhill towards the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette.  The trail is a mix of pavement and crushed gravel, and total trip mileage will be 12 miles.

Participants will need to supply bike and helmet or arrange rentals in advance from bike shops in Marquette.

* Tours are free with purchase of weekdend or day pass.