Fox River Pathway

Seney, Michigan

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A point-to-point trail through fabled Heming way country near the Fox River. Ernest Hemingway based his fabled "Big Two Hearted River" saga on his exploits along this classic northern Michigan trout stream. The trout fishing is still as good as it was when Hemingway visited the area, and the Fox River Pathway shadows the Fox and then the Little Fox rivers for nearly the entire length of its route from Seney to Kingston Lake Campground. This is not an easy hike, but is instead a point-to-point trek that ends just 4 miles short of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Any hiker attempting the trek should be in good physical shape because of the nature of the terrain. You will need to allow extra time to rest feet and muscles if you intend to complete the hike in three or four days' time. Be sure to wear good boots to deal with the changing footing along the length of the route. Special attractions: Trout fishing in the Fox and Little Fox rivers, logging-era historic sites, wildlife.
Hiking Michigan

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Hiking Michigan

by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

A point-to-point trail through fabled Heming way country near the Fox River. Ernest Hemingway based his fabled "Big Two Hearted River" saga on his exploits along this classic northern Michigan trout stream. The trout fishing is still as good as it was when Hemingway visited the area, and the Fox River Pathway shadows the Fox and then the Little Fox rivers for nearly the entire length of its route from Seney to Kingston Lake Campground.

This is not an easy hike, but is instead a point-to-point trek that ends just 4 miles short of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Any hiker attempting the trek should be in good physical shape because of the nature of the terrain. You will need to allow extra time to rest feet and muscles if you intend to complete the hike in three or four days' time. Be sure to wear good boots to deal with the changing footing along the length of the route. Special attractions: Trout fishing in the Fox and Little Fox rivers, logging-era historic sites, wildlife.

©  Mike Modrzynski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Seney
Distance: 27.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Fall can be especially beautiful along the river and avoids earlier swarms of mosquitoes and black flies, but be advised that hunters use the area starting in mid-September.
Local Contacts: Shingleton Forest Area
Local Maps: Department of Natural Resources map
Driving Directions: Directions to Fox River Pathway

Recent Trail Reviews

7/28/2006
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This was my first real hiking trip and I had fun on this trail-but I would not hike it again. In most parts it is well marked, however; there are a few areas where it is not marked well at all. We could not find a a blue mark somewhere between 12 and 12A. We kept following the sandy 2 track that the trail had us following. We crossed the river at a marshy area; the trail did not do this by the map but this was where the 2 track went. Luckily, this 2 track led us to Stanley Lake in about an hour. We got back on the trail there. We got off the trail again and ended up following a dirt road (maybe #43, not sure). Anyways, we ended up in the Kingston Plains and asked someone that drove by on the 2 track where we were. We kept walking on the dirt road until we noticed that the trail crossed the road. We got back on the trail and went all the way to Kingston Lake. Another thing that I did not like about this trail-I expected more dense forest. Many areas were quite open.


8/1/2004
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HIKED SOUTH FROM KINSSTON SFCG/TRAIL WELL MARKED WHEN IN THE WOODS,BUT GETS VERY HARD TO FOLLOW IN THE OPEN KINGSTON PLAINS. WE GOT OFF ON A CIRCULAR PATH THAT DUMPED US BACK OUT NEAR THE PARK/ HAVE NO IDEA WHERE WE WENT WRONG/GAVE UP AND HIKED BACK TO THE PCITURED ROCKS LAKESHORE


2/14/2001
0

The Fox river offers a great Northern Midwest, deep woods experience. The river is an excellent brook trout fishery and one can often find themselves the only person along the trail. The path is fairly well maintained but is often quite wet in the Spring. Additionaly, snow is found in patches well into May. As soon as snow leaves the Upper Peninsula black flies (and later Mosquitoes) swarm the riversides until the heat of Summer. Escapees from a prison not far from here turned themselves in as they could not handle the bugs in the area. Keep that in mind if you come in the Spring. Fall is a good time to visit the area as the hardwoods show their colors and the bugs are at a minimum. This is a fairly remote place and there are very few services in the area so come prepared. Also consider a trip to nearby Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore just East of Munising.



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