Outdoors + Tradition

Iron Ore
Heritage Trail

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the Trail

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile, year round, multi-use, interpretive trail that crosses the Marquette Iron Range in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Call us the outdoor linear museum where you exercise your body and mind. Those who bike, walk, run, hike, ORV, snowmobile, cross country ski, birdwatch, and/or wander will find a section of trail perfect for your activity.

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Trail Type

  • Asphalt
  • Crushed Limestone
  • No Upgraded Surface
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News from the Trail

August 22, 2018

2018 Projects

  Marquette, MI –The Board of the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority announces upcoming construction projects along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail (IOHT) in 2018.  Major projects include weather shelter/fishing piers/bird watching platform construction, trailhead amenities and landscaping, a Negaunee Mine Memorial to cave-in victims of 1902, plus ongoing maintenance items.   “We’re excited about this year’s construction season.  Users of the trail will see some new building projects along the trail that match our goals of building, managing and maintaining the Iron Ore Heritage Trail while interpreting the story of the Marquette Iron Range.” notes Carol Fulsher, Administrator, “Users of the trail system may have already noticed work at our Negaunee Mine Memorial in East Negaunee along the paved section east of Healey Avenue. We are building an artistic memorial to the 10 miners who lost their lives in the 1902 Negaunee Mine Cave-in, while adding some benches, and an interpretive walking pathway that will feature the news articles surrounding the cave-in. Mike Lempinen and Rick Kauppila were awarded this project and trail users will see their talent on display soon.  This project  was possible through the support of the Central U.P. Regional Prosperity Initiative, administered by CUPPAD. Other...

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Feb 16

Polar Roll Fat Tire Bike Race

Polar Roll will use the Heritage Trail between Jackson Miners Park in Negaunee to Third Street in Ishpeming. This is a premiere fat tire bike race

Jun 1

Iron Range Roll

The Iron Range Roll is a 16-mile bike and run race highlighting the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.  It begins at […]

Aug 31

Marquette Marathon

Join us for the 10th Marquette Marathon! The Marquette Marathon will be held on August 31, 2019.  Come help us […]

Sep 21

Marji Gesick

Named for the Indian Chief, Marji Gesick,  who showed the Jackson Mining Company where the iron deposits were located near […]