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Grab your snowshoes, layer up, and prepare to enjoy Michigan winters the only way we know how—immersing yourself in the powdery snow and making it an adventure you’ll revisit again and again. So, you’re ready to get out there, but where exactly is “there?” We’ve got five trails that’ll have you return for more, snowshoeing or not.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Aside from Tahquamenon Falls being a roaring water site, it also has a popular cross-country ski trail that allows snowshoers to explore 3.8 miles of nature. Since this trail is groomed, snowshoers will enjoy following the path off to the side. Plus, that keeps the trail clear for cross-country skiers. If you want to take a different route, there are two packed trails at the Upper Falls. 

For those who gravitate to rugged terrain and take the path less traveled, you can create your trail through the surrounding forest. Regardless if you follow along or go to the beat of your own drum, this park has something for every snowshoer.

Eben Ice Caves

Located outside of Marquette, the Eben Ice Caves are an experience all on their own. As the snow melts and freezes again, these large ice formations create caves over the edge of small cliffs. It’s not every day you have the opportunity to see something like this, and it’s famous for that very reason.

This isn’t a “park your car and walk over” type of hike, but it is just under one mile. Pets are allowed, so bring your furry friends with you. The terrain does get slippery quickly, so in addition to packing your snowshoes, don’t forget ice cleats. After all, slipping on ice isn’t fun.

Presque Isle Park

Jutting out onto Lake Superior, the views at Presque Isle Park are unbelievable. With a mix of water (or ice), trees weighed with snow and winding paths, this one is for snowshoers who appreciate nature’s good looks and aren’t afraid to get a little cold. Sound like you? Get out there.

Fumee Lake Natural Area

Fumee Lake has no shortage of multi-use trails, but the fan favorites? The Little Fumee Lake Loop and the Big Fumee Lake Loop take home the trophy. The little loop measures 1.35 miles long, while the big loop is 5.2 miles around.

These trails are best for snowshoers who are ready for peaceful views and solo hiking. Many who explore these trails commend Fumee Lake for its beauty, tranquility, and picturesque surroundings. Not up your alley? You’ll jump at the next one.

Anderson Lake

The views at this spot are still spectacular, but the paths may be best suited for those who know their way around. Anderson Lake offers 6 miles of trails and three loops ranging from 2.5 to 4.3 miles. The rolling terrain is dense, but some routes are groomed for cross-country skiing. Plan this one out: grab a map, choose your direction, and enjoy the snow-covered landscape.

Next time you find yourself in the Upper Peninsula, you’ll want to pack your snowshoes. We’re only scratching the surface with these spots, but we’re confident one of these will suit your next trek.

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