Outdoors + Tradition

Iron Ore
Heritage Trail

A Little About Us

Welcome to
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.

Learn About Trail Activities

Trail Type

  • Asphalt
  • Crushed Limestone
  • No Upgraded Surface
Stay up to Date

News from the Trail

February 23, 2021

2021 Priority Projects

2021 PRIORITY PROJECTS The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority will work on the following priority projects for 2021:  Finish the weather shelter/fishing piers project slated in Negaunee and Negaunee Township.  We have hired Wuebben Contractors through bidding process and they will be working through the spring and early summer to build two weather shelters–one at the Negaunee Carp River crossing and the other near the Pine Hill Pond in Negaunee Township. They will also be placing steps down to the pond for fishing opportunities and add three accessible fishing piers at the Carp River. fishing pier drawings revised 1.15.2019 Our second priority project is to build the new Negaunee Township trailhead at the SW corner of M35/CR492.  We will be putting this project out on bid this spring/summer. The project will include paved parking lot, pit toilet (like at Lions Field in Chocolay), signage, bike racks, seating, trail connector, and landscaping. A third project includes sprucing up the trail in Republic Township. We will be bidding out this project which includes grading, adding bike path aggregate, culvert extensions, and rolling. We will continue ORV trail maintenance using our ORV grant dollars and IOHT monies. We will order and install mile markers where we have gaps:  several in Republic...

Keep Reading
Don't Miss Out


Jan 1

Marquette Marathon

The Marquette Marathon is back in person and scheduled for Saturday, September 4.  The full marathon starts in Ishpeming and […]

Jan 1

Marji Gesick

Want to punish yourself for a belt buckle.  Try to finish the 100+ mile Marji Gesick in less than 12 […]