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Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Michigan's Delta County lies a world of natural wonder and historical intrigue waiting to be discovered. If you're an outdoor enthusiast or a history buff seeking a unique adventure, you're in for a treat. In this article, we invite you to lace up your hiking boots and join us on a journey through Delta County's hidden gems – the Bay De Noc/Grand Island National Recreation Trail and the Maywood History Trail.

From tranquil hemlock forests and rugged glacial terrain to the remnants of ancient Native American portage routes and the foundations of an old resort hotel complex, these trails offer a diverse range of experiences. You'll traverse through time and nature, unraveling stories etched into the very fabric of this remarkable region.

So, grab your hiking gear, pack your curiosity, and get ready to explore Delta County's hidden gems. Let's embark on an unforgettable adventure through nature and history that will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for this remarkable corner of Michigan.

Bay De Noc/Grand Island National Recreation Trail

Hiking Trails

Located in the heart of Delta County, the Bay De Noc/Grand Island National Recreation Trail offers a unique hiking experience steeped in both natural beauty and cultural history. This trail follows the approximate route of an ancient Chippewa Indian portage, once used to transport canoes and supplies between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Today, it serves as a tranquil pathway for hikers, bikers, and horse riders.

Trail Features:

  • The trail parallels the Whitefish River, providing stunning views of the Whitefish River Valley to the west.
  • The southern quarter of the trail winds through jack pine, red pine, and aspen timber, with occasional grassy openings.
  • The terrain is mostly level, with intermittent stream crossings.
  • As you journey northward, the landscape transitions to maple, paper birch, and beech forests, characterized by glacial terrain, including short, rounded hills.
  • These hilly stretches are interspersed with flat land, supporting a mix of pine and aspen forest.

Important Note: Please be aware that the Bay De Noc/Grand Island Trail is designated as "non-motorized." As per agency guidelines, eBikes are not permitted on this trail to maintain its natural and tranquil atmosphere. More information

Trail Map: For a detailed trail map and additional information, you can refer to the official USDA Forest Service article.

Accessing the Trail: To access the Bay De Noc/Grand Island Trail, you can use one of the three main trailheads:

  • Access A: South Trailhead
  • Access B: Middle Trailhead
  • Access C: North Trailhead

Maywood History Trail

Hiking Delta Co. in the Fall

In addition to the Bay De Noc/Grand Island National Recreation Trail, Delta County offers another fascinating hiking experience – the Maywood History Trail. This trail is a captivating blend of natural beauty and historical significance.

Trail Highlights:

  • The Maywood History Trail leads visitors through a 200-year-old hemlock forest located on the picturesque shores of Little Bay de Noc.
  • This easily accessible trail provides a glimpse into the area's rich history, where the geography served as a focal point of human activity for centuries.
  • The trail is not just a walk through nature; it's a journey through time. Along the way, hikers will discover Native American sites and the remnants of an old resort hotel complex.
  • Interpretive signs, featuring abundant historic photographs and oral history quotations, bring the Maywood story to life, offering a deeper understanding of the area's cultural heritage.

Access to the Trail: To access the Maywood History Trail, follow these directions:

  • From Rapid River, drive 2.4 miles east on US-2 to County Road 513.
  • Turn right (southwest) onto County Road 513.
  • Drive 5.5 miles to the campground road.
  • Drive about 0.8 miles on the campground road and turn right onto the road that accesses the group camp sites (15 & 16).
  • The trailhead is conveniently located on the right.

Plan Your Visit: Before embarking on your journey, take some time to explore the Maywood History Trail's historical context. Learn about the area's past and the significance of the sites you'll encounter along the trail. Understanding the history enhances the experience and deepens your connection to this remarkable destination.

Delta County invites you to explore its trails, from those that reveal the tales of its history to those that showcase its natural splendor. Whichever trail you choose, you're sure to find an enriching and memorable hiking adventure.

Trail Map: For a detailed trail map and additional information, you can refer to the official USDA Forest Service article.

Delta County offers a world of hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. Whether you choose to hike along the tranquil shores of Little Bay de Noc, immerse yourself in the history of an ancient Native American portage route, or simply seek solace among towering hemlocks, you'll find a profound connection to the land and its past.

Our journey through Delta County's trails has been a glimpse into the wonders that await you. Now it's your turn to step onto the paths, breathe in the fresh forest air, and let the whispers of history and nature guide your way.

We encourage you to plan your visit, gather your fellow adventurers, and set out on a memorable expedition through these hidden gems. Delta County is ready to welcome you with open arms and open trails, promising an enriching and awe-inspiring experience.

As you traverse these trails, remember to tread lightly, leave no trace, and embrace the serenity of the natural world. The beauty and history of Delta County are yours to discover and preserve for generations to come.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. May your hikes be filled with wonder, your hearts with appreciation, and your souls with the enduring spirit of Delta County. Happy trails!

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