As the days grow longer and the last of the snow banks cash out, it’s a surefire sign spring has arrived in Sault Ste. Marie. Now is the time to shake off those long winter blues and get outside to explore. Nothing highlights the changing of the season quite like the nature and hiking trails in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. There are trails for all skill levels and all modes of exploring. We’re talking hiking, paddling, walking. You name it, there’s a trail for you. Plus, it’s your chance to experience these great trails while being surrounded by rejuvenated forests and wild critters also ending their winter hibernation. Make sure to charge up your camera and dress appropriately for the weather (we still have a bit of a wait until it’s “warm” out) and check out these three spring hiking trails for the whole family.
Tahquamenon Falls Wilderness Loop
Nowhere in the Upper Peninsula quite captures the sights and sounds of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Spring is maybe the most underrated time of year to visit this set of natural wonders too! If you’re interested in gazing at the waterfalls as they’re operating at peak volume, you may be surprised to learn you can always get in a rewarding hike. You’ll want to head to the wilderness loop in the park. It’s here you can experience a 7-mile hike of primitive terrain through old-growth Hemlock trees and wildlife of all shapes and sizes. While you’re there, take the short trek to see the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls!
For a water and land adventure head to Voyageur Island by kayak or paddleboard. It’s still chilly out, so make sure you take your time launching your watercraft and paddle slowly. On Voyageur Island, the path will vary from the boardwalk to rustic walking trails. This is a part of the charm of the island. There are easy paths and a few more intermediate trails for hikers to take. Whichever route you choose on the island, make sure you stop by some of the viewing platforms set up to get a one-of-a-kind view of the St. Marys River. If we have a vote, the east side viewing area may be the best place in Sault Ste. Marie to get freighter photos. Bonus points for being able to paddle alongside freighters.
You can find the Monocle Lake Trail just west of Sault Ste. Marie. The trail takes about 15-20 minutes to reach and highlights Monocle Lake’s picturesque looks. As you make your way through the trail make sure to stop at Mission Point Outlook overlooking the lake. This spot is great for all seasons and lets you view the lake and Whitefish Point.
So what are you waiting for? Throw on those hiking boots and head to the Soo! Tag all of your outdoor adventures in the Eastern Upper Peninsula with #ilovethesoo on your social media. We might even share it! For more Sault Ste. Marie fun, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.