Bay De Noc – Grand Island National Recreation Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Delta County, Michigan. It is within Hiawatha National Forest. It is 17.0 miles long and begins at 762 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 34.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,540 feet. The Bay de Noc – Grand Island National Recreation Trailhead information guidepost is near the trailhead. There are also parking, a water well, and an information board. The Big Pines Overlook viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also wetlands and a bench along the trail.
Bay De Noc – Grand Island National Recreation Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is a straightforward hike on well-marked and age-worn trails. The complete trail, 40 miles long, stretches from Rapid River to M-94, near Munising. Running parallel to the Whitefish River, the trail recreates a portage route used by the Algonquian Noquet tribes traveling between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Later, early European fur traders and loggers used the trail until a road was constructed. In some places, the centuries of use are evident in the deeply worn trail."
--Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky, Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Falcon Guides).
"A historic trail across the narrow waist of the Upper Peninsula, from Lake Michigan's north shore to Lake Superior. The trail shadows the Whitefish River for nearly half the distance, offering great views of the river valley and the countryside to the west of it. Hikers will encounter a large number of sandy county roads, so a good map is essential for navigating. Footing is generally good, but be prepared to deal with watery crossing points. Special attractions: Whitefish River valley views, glacial terrain, wildflowers; wildlife, stream fishing."
--Mike Modrzynski, Hiking Michigan (Falcon Guides).
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