Iron Ore Heritage Trail (IOHT)

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile pathway that provides a glimpse into the rich history and natural landscapes of Marquette County. There are ten trailheads that provide convenient access to the trail. The trail is a testament to the region's mining heritage and offers opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration. 

Three women biking on the paved IOHT surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and rock cuts

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail follows the footsteps of early miners and pioneers who played a crucial role in shaping the development of Marquette County. Visitors can discover remnants of the iron mining industry, including historic sites, interpretive signage, and preserved artifacts.

A snowmobiler on the groomed IOHT near Negaunee, MI

Apart from its historical significance, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail showcases the diverse natural beauty of Marquette County. Trail users can enjoy scenic views of forests, waterways, and rolling hillsides. The IOHT offers opportunities for hiking, biking, birding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ORVing.


IOHT Trailheads

An aerial photo of Jackson Mine Park part of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Negaunee

While visiting Irontown, go for a walk or ride to Jackson Miners Park near downtown Negaunee. This section of the IOHT will take you by early mining sites and structures, the Carp River crossing and wetlands, several interpretive signs, and a railroad crossing.

The Carp River Furnace on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette, MI

Witness a piece of the Marquette Iron Range's iconic past, the Carp River Furnace. This 140+ year old kiln was recently restored to preserve this historical landmark. Check out the structure, read informational signage and take a break on the benches before continuing along the IOHT. (The Carp River Furnace is situated between the Marquette Commons Trailhead and the Marquette Welcome Center Trailhead.) 


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