One of Michigan's most popular tourist destinations, Marquette offers recreational opportunities and natural beauty that will keep you active and entertained during your stay. Among its top attractions is the Marquette City Multi Use Path. This network of over 17 miles of paved trails takes you on a tour through some of the most scenic vistas and historic landmarks in the area.
The most popular (and picturesque) stretch of The Path travels about 5 miles along the Lake Superior shoreline from the MDOT Welcome Center in Harvey to Presque Isle Park. Along the way, the trail passes by several waterfront parks, the iconic ore dock, the Marquette Maritime Museum, Harbor Lighthouse, McCarty's Cove, Picnic Rocks, the campus of Northern Michigan University and the Upper Harbor Ore Dock. Beautiful Presque Isle Park is a great place to enjoy a picnic, watch freighters get loaded with ore, hike along the shoreline, or watch a sunset at Sunset Point. Make sure to ride the scenic drive that loops around the island.
The inland loop of The Path begins at Hawley Road and wraps around the Northern Michigan University campus on its way south. Much of this path was built on an abandoned rail corridor. A northern spur of the trail connects to Marquette Tourist Park, a convenient place to camp during your stay. After you cross Washington Street, you connect with the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. From here, you can go east to return to the shoreline, go west to Ishpeming, or continue south along McClellan Avenue to the Mount Marquette natural area. The southern end of the City Multi Use Path connects with the South Trails Trailhead of the Noquemanon Trail Network, where you will find access to 30 miles of great hiking and mountain biking trails.