Hiking The Grand Island National Recreation Area

The 10th most popular hiking trail in Michigan.

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North of Munising on the Upper Peninsula, the Grand Island National Recreation Area has miles of old forest roads and old carriage trails to hiking. The most popular is the Grand Island Tour which is an 18 mile loop on the old carriage trail around the island perimeter.

To reach the hiking at the Grand Island National Recreation Area, the Grand Island Ferry (906-387-4845) departs from Munising.

Grand Island stretches north for 8 miles, from its southpoint at Williams Landing in Munising Bay to the north end at North Point. Only three miles across at its widest point, Grand lsland offers 35 miles of shoreline, encompassing over 13,500 acres of dense woodland, including several lakes. Rapid-flowing streams cut through the rugged hills, and massive 300 foot wave-cut sandstone cliffs. Beaches of fine sand, winter ice caves and historic buildings and artifacts dating back as far as 2,000 BC are just a few of its highlights.

Camping opportunities range from random camping at undeveloped sites to primitive camping at designated sites along Murray Bay and Trout Bay. There are six designated camping sites on Grand Island; two at Murray Bay, and four at Trout Bay. At each site your tent must be within 15 feet of the camp site marker post.

FYI - there is no potable water on the island, but there are plenty of black bear.

Overall, Grand Island National Recreation Area is the 10th most popular hiking trail of all 32 hikes in Michigan. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Grand Island National Recreation Area including North Country Trail, Pine Marten Run, Grand Island Trail/Bay de Noc, Oakwood Trail and Brunos Run Trail.

Grand Island National Recreation Area Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  HNF (906) 387-3700; Michigan Tourism (800) 543-2937; Grand Island Ferry (906) 387-3503.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Michigan" from Roger Storm

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  primitive island campsites

Luxury Loding:  Pinewood Lodge, Au Train (906) 892-8300

Breakfast Restaurant:  Sydneys, Munising

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/hiawatha/

GPS:  46.4516, -86.6718

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  4/3/2018

ID:  14362

Grand Island National Recreation Area Hiking Map


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