Houghton Waterfront Trail

Pack up your bikes and running shoes and head to the heart of "Copper Country" to explore the natural beauty and rich history of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The historic cities of Houghton, Hancock and Calumet offer the perfect place to stage your adventure with plenty of good lodging and dining options, parks and local attractions.

Houghton Waterfront Trail & Houghton-Chassell Trail

The Houghton Waterfront Trail and Houghton-Chassell Trail form one continuous 10.25-mile non-motorized multi-use trail on the former Houghton, Chassell and Southwestern Railway.

The Houghton Waterfront Trail begins at Houghton Waterfront Park where you will find parking, bathrooms, a picnic area, waterpark and RV camping. The 4.5-mile trail is paved with asphalt and well maintained. It follows along the water's edge through downtown Houghton (past the historic railroad depot), the campus of Michigan Tech, and a series of waterfront parks. When you reach a bridge over the Pilgrim River, you have arrived at Nara Nature Park. Here you can hike several boardwalks out into the Pilgrim River delta or explore several miles of nature trails.

South of the Pilgrim River Bridge the trail changes its name to the Houghton-Chassell Trail as it transitions from asphalt to a fine limestone aggregate surface. The 5.75-mile pathway weaves through the front and backyards of a long series of summer cottages nestled between M-41 and the Portage Lake shoreline. Chassell Centennial Park marks your arrival in Chassell where you will find restrooms, water, picnicking, convenience stores and an ice cream shop. In its heyday, Chassell was a major lumbering town. A historical marker at the park provides a brief history of the community.

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