Cedar River Pathway

Gladstone, Michigan 49837

Cedar River Pathway

Cedar River Pathway Professional Review and Guide

"The Cedar River Pathway is made up of four loops ranging from 2 to 7 miles. These are easy hikes for explorers of all ages. The backdrop of the Cedar River, the remoteness of the western Upper Peninsula, and the mix of rolling hills and upland and riverine environments make this trail system one of the better loop systems in the state. The pathway is made up of four loops—2 miles, 3.5 miles, 5 miles, and 7 miles long—which offer hikers the opportunity to explore.

The trails are wide, well-marked, and easy to follow through a mix of upland and lowland habitats that provide plenty of diversions. Trails follow many of the ridgelines that crisscross the area, as well as "glacier tracks" or eskers left behind retreating sheets of ice. The western edges of the trail system trace a portion of the Cedar River, the area's greatest attraction. From the fifteen-site rustic campground on the banks of the Cedar River to fishing opportunities, wildlife, and wildflowers, the area is a step into the nature of the region. Special attractions: Glacial geology, and the wild Cedar River."

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Trail Information

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Late summer and fall are better times to hike the Cedar River pathway, but after mid-September, hunters may be in the area.
Escanaba River State Forest, 906-786-2351
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Jul 2018