What many people love about snowmobiling is that it keeps them connected to nature. For most folks, it’s never been about merely getting from Point A to Point B. It’s about discovering what’s around the next curve and then stopping to enjoy the view. That’s why Marquette County is many riders’ favorite snowmobile destination year after year.
The Huron Mountain Range dominates the coast of Lake Superior throughout Marquette County. With elevations you can’t find too many places in the U.P., Marquette County trails mean awe-inspiring views from multiple points. A favorite trail with winding curves and breathtaking overlooks is Trail 14 from Marquette to Big Bay. Stay at the Thunder Bay Inn, the Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast or the Big Bay Motel to enjoy this stretch of trail featuring winding mountain paths and cliff-top vistas overlooking Lake Superior and Lake Independence. Keep riding and just across the border into Baraga County, you’ll cross the highest point in Michigan, Mount Avron.
An easier-to-access overlook is Mount Marquette with views of the City of Marquette all the way to Presque Isle. Access to this site is from Trail 417 just south of the city. From there, link up to Trail 8 in Marquette Township to reach the hospitality hub in the region. The Holiday Inn makes a great base camp, with a restaurant and bar on-property or within an easy car ride. The connector to Trail 8 is just outside the door.
A central Marquette County location that lets you explore in every direction is the Ishpeming hub. A variety of trailside accommodations make the area a great base camp. Try the Triangle Motel or the Country Village Resort, consisting of two hotels and a group of rental cottages. Plus, the cities of Negaunee and Ishpeming welcome sleds downtown at the many restaurants and brew pubs.
Gwinn is also a popular stop along Trails 8 and 33. The Model Towne Inn is located just off Trail 33. The Up North Lodge is a favorite restaurant along the route, known for its almost-famous rib dinners.
Americas Best Value Inn and Lakeside Econo Lodge are great options as well, located on Trail 417 in Harvey, with the Lakenenland sculpture park just east along the trail. The year-round park features sculptures crafted from repurposed junk and is a popular family-friendly stop for sleds. Bring hotdogs and hot cocoa and sit around the campfire. There may even be a guitar and vocalist among the crowd.
When not on the trails, enjoy craft beer, delicious food and unique shops in the vibrant downtown districts throughout Marquette County. Choose from a variety of lodging that fits your tastes and budget, from full-service to economy.
Marquette County’s great snowmobile trail system keeps getting better, with some of the best trails in the Midwest, out-of-this-world scenery, mountain vistas, backwoods routes, friendly locals and businesses, and great grooming along 500 miles of trail. Plan your Mountain Escape at TravelMarquetteMichigan.com.