Nestled within glacier-formed hills on the south shore of Lake Superior, Munising lies at the very heart of the famed Upper Peninsula. With more than 200-inches of snow annually and temperatures moderated by the largest of the Great Lakes, the Munising area is a snowmobiler’s mecca. Hundreds of miles of old logging roads, rail trails and other marked and mapped pathways through the mixed hardwood and evergreen forests provide opportunities for loop rides of almost any length, as well as connections to points east and west for long-range multi-day trail touring. Ten trails in surrounding Alger County are groomed seven days per week, and riders can access much of downtown Munising directly from the trails. Trail improvement is constant in this area, and 70 miles of main trails are now delineated with mile markers to aid navigation by riders new to the area.
There’s plenty to see and do while riding the Munising area. Numerous waterfalls, ice caves and lighthouses provide exceptional scenic and photographic opportunities along the trails. You can get a fabulous view of Lake Superior and Grand Island from the famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Trail 422 just a bit northeast of Munising. And for something completely different, try the Great Kingston Plains only 29 miles east of Munising. Just watch out for the tree stumps.
Get farther afield by exploring the vast Hiawatha National Forest that stretches all the way to the south shore of the U.P. Trail 7 is a great choice for first-time visitors. After a couple of hours of riding south through the twisties, you will reach Palm Brook State Park on the shore of Indian Lake near Manistique. Here you can experience Big Spring, Michigan’s largest fresh water thermal feature. Visitors can board a large wooden cable raft for a self-guided tour of the mammoth spring that stays at 45-degrees (F) year-round.
And when the day’s trail cruising is done, relax in comfortable lodging. Munising offers hundreds of rooms in a wide variety of hotels, motels, resorts and cabins, most with ample parking and direct trail access. Some offer additional non-typical amenities such as waterfront views, proximity to scenic attractions, indoor swimming pools, recreation rooms, laundry facilities or heated garages for snowmobile repairs. Quality dining opportunities are plentiful and varied both in town and on the trails, and souvenir shopping is readily available, too. Franchised snowmobile dealer support and sled rentals are also found locally.
To see more of why Munising is the snowmobile capital of the Midwest, visit munisingsnow.com or call the Munising Visitors Bureau at 906/387-5210 for trail conditions or to request a map. Then you will begin to understand why Munising is a favorite of snowmobilers from all over the country.