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Ottawa National Forest – Hiking – Biking Trails

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The almost one million acres of the Ottawa National Forest are located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The forest extends from the south shore of Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. The area is rich in wildlife viewing opportunities; breathtaking views of rolling hills dotted with lakes, rivers and waterfalls; and spectacular fall colors. But you have to see it to believe it!

National Forest Interactive Map

Campground information

Backpacking trails information

Beach information

Museum/Visitors Center

Recreational Activities

Ottawa National Forest Waterfall MapOttawa National Forest Waterfalls Guide


Mountain Biking

The Ottawa National Forest provides a wide variety of mountain biking opportunities ranging from well-maintained and signed loops to more challenging cross-country travel. Besides Wilderness Areas and specifically designated hiker-only trails (including the North Country National Scenic Trail), the entire National Forest is open to mountain bikes. This includes closed, gated and blocked roads unless the road is specifically closed to bicycles. Many of the designated mountain bike trails are also open to other uses including, motor vehicle travel, ATV’s, ORV’s, snowmobiles, hikers, and horses so please be careful and share the trail.

Mountain bike trails travel through a variety of management areas across the National Forest. These areas are managed for a wide range of multiple use activities including recreation, threatened and endangered species, fish and wildlife, water quality, and wood products.


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