Trail open to runners, bikers, & ORV enthusiasts

ISHPEMING — Outdoor enthusiasts now have another stretch of land to take their bikes, horses and their off–road vehicles on. The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority held a ribbon cutting ceremony today at its upgraded trail in Ishpeming.

The trail, located at Winthrop Junction just off of Washington Street, is a 2.5 mile stretch that starts in Ishpeming and travels through Tilden Township. Contractors put down a new trail surface, a guardrail and a platform overlooking the Carp River.

Carol Fulsher of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail Recreation Authority says this portion of the trail is one of a kind.

“There’s a wide variety of users along this part of the trail,” said Fulsher. We interpret our rich mining industry here and I think people like to go and learn more about what happened here. Anyone who become a member of the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority now has a nice, surfaced trail going through their geographic region.”

Constructing the trail came with a price tag of $195,000. As a whole, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile trail system.